Queen's cousin set to retire from official royal duties within days

It is understood the official announcement could come in line with the royal's birthday

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The Queen’s cousin is reportedly set to retire from official royal duties within days.

Prince Michael of Kent and his wife Princess Michael of Kent are both set to retire with an official statement expected to be released shortly.

It is understood that the announcement could coincide with Michael’s birthday on July 4.

According to the Royal Family website, “Prince Michael is involved in around 100 charities and organisations, including being Patron for a large number of these.

Prince and Princess Michael of Kent
Prince and Princess Michael of Kent
Michael is the Queen's cousin
Michael is the Queen's cousin

“Each year, he undertakes on average over 200 public working engagements for the not-for-profit sector, funded by his own household. The charities vary from reflecting his interest in transport, for example being Patron of the Brooklands Museum Trust, to his passion for Russia, including his own charity,

“The Prince Michael of Kent Foundation, which works to benefit heritage, culture, health and post-graduate business education in Russia.

“Prince Michael has also taken part in fundraising challenges such as when he led a rally of Bentleys from Brooklands Museum in the UK to Moscow, covering 1,700 miles in ten days and raising more than £25,000 for the Children's Fire and Burns Trust.

“Princess Michael is also actively involved in around 45 different charities and organisations, including animal and wildlife trusts and health and welfare charities.

“Reflecting her interest in the arts, she is also involved in the work of many cultural institutions in various countries, including being Patron of the London Arts Orchestra and of The Budapest Festival Orchestra.”

Michael, who was born in 1942, rose onto the royal scene when, as a five-year-old, he appeared as a page boy at the Queen’s wedding.

The 79-year-old also has two siblings, Prince Edward and Princess Alexandra.