Prince Philip to carry out final official engagement

Prince Philip to carry out final official engagement

Prince Philip to carry out final official engagement

Wearing a bowler hat and raincoat to protect himself from heavy rain, he watched the marines parade on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, the main royal residence in London.

The gaffe was made ahead of the 96-year-old's final official royal engagement and farewell from public life on Wednesday evening.

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

On announcing his retirement earlier this year, the royal consort was praised for his years of service, with prime minister Theresa May offering the country's "deepest gratitude and good wishes".

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Prince Philip will have conducted a staggering 22,219 solo engagements since his wife's ascension to the throne in 1952, following her father's death.

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.

Phil Dampier, who has written several books about the Duke of Edinburgh, said it was the right decision for the Duke to wind down his duties.

Prince Philip will remain patron of some 780 organizations, while Queen Elizabeth II, 91, will continue to carry out "a full program of official engagements" with the support of other members of the royal family, the palace said.

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Younger members of Team Windsor, as the family have been described, will be expected to increase their royal workload to support the Queen.

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Mr Palmer said: "I think his greatest achievement has been to support the Queen through probably one of the most tempestuous periods the monarchy has ever been through and, in a sense, to wear the pants in the family, so the Queen could wear the crown".

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