Prince Philip is being thanked widely for more than sixty years of public service after announcing he will retire in August.
At almost 96 years of age, it seems natural enough that the Duke of Edinburgh might want to retire from public duty.
But how Buckingham Palace chose to deliver the news generated a frenzy of intrigue.
All royal staff were summoned at short notice to an emergency meeting.
That prompted widespread public concern for the health of the Queen or the prince.
Ben Lewis, a correspondent in London for Australia's Channel Seven, told Morning Report many people were concerned for the Queen and Prince Philip when the emergency meeting was called - but fortunately it wasn't the news some of them expected.