Duke of Edinburgh waves goodbye to royal duties

Kristopher Drake
August 3, 2017

He will appear at a Royal Marines' charity parade outside the Queen's London residence, before he officially steps back from his royal duties. During the challenge, which kicked off April 24 and wrapped up August 2, Royal Marines from around the world took part in various events (such as one company running 10,000 kilometers over the course of 20 days) to fundraise for the Royal Marines Charity. The name of the challenge refers to the year in which the corps was founded.

The Queen's Consort announced in May he would be retiring from royal engagements, a decision which was fully supported by the Queen and was not medically related.

Today, in his final engagement, Prince Philip will meet service personnel who have completed a mammoth 1,664 mile trek for the Royal Marines charity.

Philip has carried out 637 overseas visits on his own in the past 65 years, given nearly 5,500 speeches, and served as patron, president or member of more than 780 organizations.

Prince Philip will remain patron of some 780 organizations, while Queen Elizabeth II, 91, will continue to carry out "a full program of official engagements" with the support of other members of the royal family, the palace said. The event certainly holds special significance to the prince, who was appointed captain general in succession to Queen Elizabeth II's late father, King George VI, almost 64 years ago.

The butler, who has worked for the Queen for more than a decade, told Daily Star Online that his retirement means "he's not obliged to carry out Royal duties, but he can choose to do so".

Prince Philip's last day on the job didn't get off to the best start, courtesy of a report on the Daily Telegraph's website this morning claiming that he was dead.

The parade will end with a march past, a royal salute and three cheers for the Captain General.

Prince Philip has also made 637 solo visits overseas, written 14 books and given 5,496 speeches since 1952, the royal family said on Twitter.

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