Prince Philip winds down more royal duties as Queen's husband bestows honour to Sophie


The Duke of Edinburgh offically retired from royal public duties in 2017. The 97-year-old is still seen publicly occasionally and also attended the weddings of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry and Princess Eugenie last year. Now he will retreat from the public eye even further after bestowing the patronage to the Countess of Wessex. 

The Royal Family tweeted this afternoon: “The Duke of Edinburgh has officially handed over the Patronage of The Chartered Management Institute to The Countess of Wessex.

“This evening The Countess will attend an event to celebrate the outstanding achievements of UK managers from across industry.

The Duke of Edinburgh was Patron of CMI Managers – the professional body for management and leadership – from 1992. During that time the Institute has led the debate on the future of management and leadership, the gender pay gap, and employee wellbeing and engagement.

“The Countess is an active supporter of UK industry, and Founder and Chair of the Women’s Network Forum, an organisation which works to promote women’s success in the workplace through best practice sharing and supporting those making gender equality a reality.”


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