Prince Philip (husband of British Queen Elizabeth II) retired, as he told others.

But what kind of public office did he hold? Is the service of somebody's husband is a public office?

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    Britain is a constitutional monarchy, so it needs to be understood through this. Aug 4, 2017 at 10:45

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Prince Philip is not merely the spouse of the queen. Understand that any member of the royal family is, essentially, a public servant. They cannot simply make decisions that ordinary citizens undertake. They must be viewed through the lens of how it makes the government of the United Kingdom look. If you have Netflix, I would highly suggest watching their series about the royal family, The Crown, which helps one understand the magnitude of being a figurehead of state.

Phillip's retirement largely has to do with his age. The man is currently 96 years old, yet continues to make public appearances. The graph CNN compiled for that article is staggering

Prince Philip will have conducted a staggering 22,219 solo engagements since his wife's ascension to the throne in 1952, following her father's death. The Duke has also made 637 solo overseas visits, and by Wednesday, he will have delivered 5,496 speeches during his time as the longest-serving consort in British history.

Despite a recent hospitalization for the treatment of an undisclosed infection, Philip remains in good health for a man in his late 90s. In 2016 alone, the Duke attended 200 events as he continued to represent the royal family with his own distinctive flair.

So, yes, he is a public servant. He is the Duke of Edinburgh, father of the next King, and husband of the Queen of the United Kingdom. His presence commands the honors owed to a head of state. That is his office, and it will remain so until the day he dies.

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    Philip has a very long list of titles from the UK and other Commonwealth countries (Marshal of the Royal Australian Air Force, and so on). But following his retirement, he will not be carrying out any official duties connected with these positions, so they are now strictly honorary. Aug 4, 2017 at 9:55

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