Prince Philip Has Completed His Final Engagement Ahead Of Retirement

Britain's Prince Philip to retire this week
Britain's Prince Philip retires from public engagements
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03 August, 2017

Wearing a bowler hat and raincoat to protect himself from heavy rain, he watched the marines parade on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, the main royal residence in London.

Their son and heir, Prince Charles, and grandsons Princes William and Harry are likely to take on additional royal duties to step in for Prince Philip at public engagements from this year. And that time, he'd been a patron of more than 800 organizations.

He has a keen interest in scientific and technological research, was an early champion of the conservation movement, and his youth scheme the Duke of Edinburgh's Award has extended across the world.

The Daily Telegraph published an incomplete article online on Wednesday announcing the death of the Duke of Edinburgh as the still-alive prince prepared for his final day of public engagements. "I had to try to support the queen as best I could, without getting in the way".

The queen once described her husband of nearly 70 years as "my strength and stay".

The event, held in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, will see the Duke attend in his role as Captain General of the Royal Marines, which he has held for 64 years since being appointed in 1953 following the death of King George VI.

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The Sun made a similar gaffe when the prince announced his impending retirement in May this year.

But he uses it to break the ice, and many view it as a welcome contrast to the queen's more formal reserve.

Since Elizabeth became queen in 1952, Philip has taken part in more than 22,200 solo engagements, given nearly 5,500 speeches and gone on more than 600 solo trips overseas.

The Queen and Prince Philip had already cut down on long-haul travel for some years now, with younger royals taking on those duties.

In a statement they said: "Her Majesty will continue to carry out a full programme of official engagements with the support of members of the Royal Family".


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