Britain's Prince Philip retires from public engagements

In what will be Philip's final engagement, he will pay tribute to those who have taken part in a 1,664 Global Challenge, which is a series of strength and endurance feats to raise funds and awareness for the Royal Marines charity. All smiles, the royal tipped his hat while greeting those around him. It was an event for service members who participated in the 1664 Global Challenge, a fundraiser for The Royal Marines.

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.

Though Prince Philip is known for his tongue-twisting gaffes, the Telegraph's release today should make him turn around to say 'What a gaffe?' Otherwise, the Duke had announced in May this year that he would be stepping down from public duties.

Prince Philip's association with the Royal Marines dates back 64 years to June 2, 1953, when he was appointed Captain General in succession to the late King George VI, the Evening Standard newspaper reported. In 2016 alone, the Duke attended 200 events as he continued to represent the royal family with his own distinctive flair. The event also saw assembled Royal Marines hailing the Duke with three cheers.

He announced his retirement in May this year, after completing more than 22,000 solo appearances, spanning seven decades.

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The duke and the queen have been gradually reducing their duties in recent years, handing over to the younger royals, including heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles and his son Prince William. Queen Elizabeth has given up long-haul travel but still routinely attends more than 400 engagements a year and will continue to carry on her full schedule.

The palace said the retirement decision wasn't due to his health.

To mark the occasion, they posted a picture of the Prince alongside his wife, Queen Elizabeth II.

The royal couple are scheduled to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary in November.

Princess Charlotte, pictured here with her mother the Duchess of Cambridge, is one of Prince Philip's five great-grandchildren.

  • Adam Floyd