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Queen Elizabeth II to step down from some organizations

News Desk

Associated Press

London | Wed, December 21, 2016 | 02:54 pm
Queen Elizabeth II to step down from some organizations

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II waves as she watches the flypast, with Prince Philip, to right, Prince William, center, with his son Prince George, front, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge holding Princess Charlotte, center left, with The Prince of Wales standing with The Duchess of Cornwall, and Princess Anne, fourth left, on the balcony during the Trooping The Color parade at Buckingham Palace, in London, on June 11, 2016. Hundreds of soldiers in ceremonial dress marched in London in the annual parade to mark the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. The Trooping the Color tradition originates from preparations for battle, when flags were carried or "trooped" down the rank for soldiers to see. (AP/Tim Ireland)

Queen Elizabeth II will step down from her role as patron of more than 20 charities and organizations at the end of the year.

Buckingham Palace said Tuesday she will follow her husband Prince Philip's example and reduce her charitable work at the end of her 90th birthday year. He did the same when he turned 90 in 2011.

The palace stressed the queen will still be patron of more than 600 organizations.

The queen remains in apparent good health has reduced her traveling.

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The palace said other members of the royal family will serve as patrons in cases where the queen is stepping down. The organizations affected include the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, and the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Association.