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The Kents

Prince and Princess Michael of Kent set to retire from public life 


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The Daily Telegraph reports that Prince and Princess Michael of Kent are calling time on their many decades of public duties, with an official announcement to follow in the coming days.

A spokesperson refused to comment when approached by The Telegraph.

Their decision to retire is thought to coincide with Prince Michael’s 80th birthday, which takes place in early July.

Prince & Princess Michael are non-working royals, and do not undertake official engagements on behalf of The Queen.

They do, however, undertake hundreds of public engagements for the non-profit sector, which Their Royal Highnesses fund themselves rather than the taxpayer.

Prince Michael, who is The Queen’s first cousin, appeared alongside his wife on the first day of Royal Ascot.

Their Royal Highnesses appeared in the carriage procession alongside the Duke & Duchess of Gloucester.

Princess Michael has been through a period of ill health over the past couple of years.

In 2020, she caught Covid-19, becoming seriously unwell with the illness.

It is understood that the 77-year-old royal continued to suffer from the impact of long-Covid for many months.