Prince Philip retiring: 65 years of service by the numbers

Prince Philip retiring: 65 years of service by the numbers

As well as raising his hat for the troops, Philip also waved to the crowd as he left.

The Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth II's husband, will attend a Royal Marines' charity parade outside Buckingham Palace on Wednesday before he steps back from his official duties.

Prince Philip is the Royal Marines' Captain General, a title given to him in 1953 after King George VI's death.

Another mistimed obituary for Prince Philip was published in May when the duke initially announced his retirement from public engagements.

The full-length article, which has since been taken down, appeared on the newspaper's website on Wednesday after Prince Phillip, 96, was due to carry out his 22,219th solo engagement, the Guardian reported.

His companion and fellow former marine for 12 years - Norman Saints - agreed, saying Prince Philip had been a good leader. He made the decision to reduce his duties five years ago, but wanted to keep many responsibilities.

Hundreds of invited mourners, drawn from the Duke's military units and the charities of which he was Patron, will be given access to the Chapel Royal to pay their last respects, but it will not be open to the general public. "Prince Philip, whom the Queen described as her "strength and stay" during her record-breaking reign, passed away XXXXXXX".

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He became the longest-serving consort in the British monarchy's history in 2009 and is the oldest ever male member of the British Royal Family.

During the engagement, the Duke took position on the dais for the royal salute and the national anthem.

In November 2017, Prince Philip and the Queen will mark their 70th wedding anniversary.

Despite officially retiring, it was revealed Philip "may still attend events alongside The Queen from time to time".

They have four children and eight grandchildren.

In 1995, he publicly wondered whether Scots could be kept "off the booze long enough" to pass a driving test.

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