Buckingham Palace ‘emergency meeting’ sends internet into hyperdrive
The reality, however, did not match the imaginations of the netizens and left droves of royal watchers sorely disappointed. After hours of suspense, Buckingham Palace finally confirmed on Thursday that 95-year-old Prince Philip would retire from public duties in autumn.
Earlier conjecture ranged from the possibility that Prince Philip had died to theories that a Royal family member was on the verge of abdication or had a serious illness.
One thing was clear – the suspense was killing the impatient Twitteratti.
Some more imaginative social media users mused that the announcement would finally confirm that shape shifting lizards had taken over the world, while others suggested that a new corgi could be joining the Queen’s famous companions.
When news finally broke that Prince Philip was stepping down from Royal duties in September, the internet let out a collective sigh of disappointment...
You woke all your staff up at 3am to tell them that Phillip isn't gonna be out n about from autumn. Are you mad? #BuckinghamPalace— carys (@carys_harland) May 4, 2017
Well, that was a meeting that could have just been an email #BuckinghamPalace— Esther R Anderson (@EstherR_And) May 4, 2017
Really? Hours of suspense and people fearing bad news just to tell the world that a 95 year old is retiring!!#BuckinghamPalace— Aaron Williams (@aaronazzy) May 4, 2017
...followed by the realization that a 91-year-old woman just set the bar for breaking the internet.