A day after Prince Philip announced that he would be retiring from royal duties in the autumn, Prince William stepped in beside his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.
He was on hand to help welcome Burmese Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to Buckingham Palace.
With the Duke of Edinburgh’s announcement, it means that younger royals will need to take on more duties and Prince William is already filling in.
Prince Philip took some time out of the capital, heading north for the weekend. The Queen and Prince William posed for pictures with the former political prisoner, now State Counsellor and the Union Minister for Foreign Affairs of Burma. Ms Suu Kyi also joined Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall for a separate 45-minute meeting at Clarence House after her lunch at the palace.
Aung San Suu Kyi is the first female Minister of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar, the Minister of the President’s Office, the Minister of Electric Power and Energy, and the Minister of Education in President Htin Kyaw’s Cabinet.
She became known fo her role as General Secretary of the new National League for Democracy (NLD) after the 1988 Uprising. Her outspoken views on creating a democracy have landed her in prison and on house arrest multiple times.
Prince Philip’s retirement comes coincidently shortly after Prince William has decided to stop his work as an air ambulance pilot for the East Anglia Air Ambulance this summer. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be moving their family from Anmer Hall to London where they will both be taking on more royal duties. Upon the announcement, the Duke of Cambridge said: “It has been a huge privilege to fly with the East Anglia Air Ambulance. Following on from my time in the military, I have had experiences in this job I will carry with me for the rest of my life, and that will add valuable perspective to my Royal work for decades to come.
I would like to thank the people of East Anglia for being so supportive of my role and for letting me get on with the job when they have seen me in the community or at one of our region’s hospitals. I would especially like to thank my colleagues at EAAA, Babcock and Cambridge Airport for their friendship and support. I have loved being a part of a team of talented, professional people that save lives every day. My admiration for our country’s medical and emergency community could not be any stronger.”