Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh marked the final day of his royal engagements at the Captain General’s Parade at Buckingham Palace on August 2. In May, it was announced during an emergency meeting with all the members of the royal household that the 96-year-old prince was to retire from public service. While he remains involved over 780 organizations, he will no longer play an active role by attending these engagements. Still, the royal website stresses that he may choose to attend certain events with Queen Elizabeth from time to time.
His Royal Highness may still attend events alongside The Queen from time to time. pic.twitter.com/qnamtDptM0— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) August 2, 2017
Having served for 65 years, Prince Philip has been named the longest-serving royal consort in British history. Since 1952, he’s attended 22,219 solo engagements, carried out 637 solo visits overseas, given 5,496 speeches, and written 14 books. He wasn’t about to end that sitting down.
His last engagement was at the Captain General’s Parade with the royal marines, of which he was Captain General for 64 years since the death of the late King George VI. Prince Philip, 96, braved the rain and was seen standing on a podium with only a bowler hat to shield his head. He then proceeded to meet marine veterans, cadets, and representatives from the 1664 Global Challenge, a Royal Marines charity. Before his time as Captain General, Prince Philip was appointed Honorary President of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Association and Club in 1948.
The Duke met representatives from the @royalmarines runners' contingent, including two Royal Marines who have completed the entire 1664 miles. His Royal Highness also spoke to veterans and cadets before returning to the dais to receive the 1664 Global Challenge baton. The Royal Marines are the amphibious troops of the Royal Navy, acknowledged as one of the world's elite commando forces. ????PA
Three cheers for the Captain General, indeed.