Britain's Prince Philip Marks Final Public Engagement With Royal Marines Parade

Britain's Prince Philip to retire this week

The 96-year-old prince, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, hosted the closing of the Royal Marines' 1664 Global Challenge charity event in his capacity as ceremonial head of the force.

The Duke, who is the Captain General of the Royal Marines, met Corporal Will Gingell, 33, and Corporal Jamie Thompson, 31, who have run 1,664 miles over 100 days. In 1957, the Queen granted her husband the title of a Prince of the United Kingdom, restoring the royal status that he had formally renounced ten years earlier.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip on their way to the Trooping for Color ceremony.

"The Duke of Edinburgh will no longer undertake his own program of public engagements", a statement from Buckingham Palace read. And that time, he'd been a patron of more than 800 organizations.

While Prince Philip's life had not turned out as expected, Brandreth said the duke once told him: "I tried to make the best of it".

The 1664 Global Challenge challenge, which recognises the year 1664 when the Corps was founded, has seen Royal Marines all over the world raising money for the military unit's charity with a number of ingenious feats.


She said: "As he carries out his final public engagement, I thank The Duke of Edinburgh for a remarkable lifetime of service".

Although Prince Philip is in his late 90s, he remains in relatively good health, despite a few minor surgeries within the past few years and arthritis in his right hand developed from playing polo.

(AFP) Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, walking along the platform at London Paddington station in London.

Close confidants of the royal family said the decision to retire was a personal one taken by Prince Philip himself, who may now devote his time to writing his memoirs.

Philip married Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey in 1947, and the couple are due to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary in November.

They have four children and eight grandchildren.

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