Published: Thu, August 03, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Prince Philip makes his final public engagement

Prince Philip makes his final public engagement

The Duke of Edinburgh is attending a parade of Royal Marines at Buckingham Palace today, the last of 22,219 solo public engagements he has made since Elizabeth ascended to the throne in 1952.

Nonetheless, the Duke of Edinburgh appeared to be in fine fettle as he greeted Marines outside Buckingham Palace.

The article coincides with Philip's final solo appearance at an official event, ending a royal career marked by occasional gaffes that landed him in hot water.

The former World War II naval officer has carried out 637 overseas visits on his own in the past 65 years, given nearly 5,500 speeches, and was patron, president or a member of more than 780 organizations.

The parade will mark the end of the 1664 Global Challenge, which raises money for The Royal Marines Charity.

The Daily Telegraph published an incomplete online article wrongly announcing the death of Prince Philip - consort to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II - on Wednesday (Aug 2), The Guardian reported.

The 96-year-old Duke of Edinburgh is officially retiring after 65 years of public service.

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The British media is craving for the exclusive coverage of Royal News, especially the health news of both Prince Philip and the Queen who are in their 90s.

But after announcing his plans to retire in May, he joked he was the "world's most experienced plaque-unveiler".

Philip, however, may pop up at public events from time to time, such as Trooping the Colour in future years or even support the Queen during the proposed state visit for USA president Donald Trump.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wished him "all the best in his well-earned retirement".

He and the queen have scaled back public duties in recent years, handing responsibilities to the younger royals, including heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles, and his eldest son Prince William.

He carried out his last official public engagement at Buckingham Palace on August 2.

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