'Is that it?' - World reacts to news Prince Philip will retire from plaque-unveiling
When Britain and Ireland woke up this morning it was to news that an announcement from Buckingham Palace was imminent.
Queen Elizabeth had reportedly summoned all her staff to an 'emergency meeting' early this morning and speculation on social media had reached a deafening crescendo by 10am as the news emerged...
The big revelation was that Prince Philip (95) would be stepping down from official duties in the autumn.
Let's just say the wait was more dramatic than the pay off. Here's a selection of Twitter reaction to the announcement:
Word is that he wants to spend time catching up on Netflix' the Crown as he's sick of hearing people's spoilers #buckinghampalace— Sean (@seancresswell) May 4, 2017
Imagine being called into work at 3am to be told a 95 year old won't be cutting anymore ribbons. #BuckinghamPalace— james sutcliffe (@Jimmy_TheGent) May 4, 2017
I do believe #BuckinghamPalace had quite a diva moment calling a Prince Philip retirement powwow at 3am. He's 95. Let the world sleep.— Emily Tatum Tucker (@MthrTucker) May 4, 2017
In my fam, when Grandpa calls for an emergency home meeting— The Doode (@theTwitrShitr) May 4, 2017
.. it's bc the remote stopped working.#BuckinghamPalace
And a flavour of the sense of anticipation beforehand:
My guess? Harry got married in Vegas #buckinghampalace— Jenny Smith (@JenniferAnneSm6) May 4, 2017