Farewell Philip! Duke of Edinburgh carries out final royal engagement after 65 years of service

By Nadim Nyker
02 August 2017

After 65 years and 22 219 solo engagements, Prince Philip is bowing out of royal service.

The Duke of Edinburgh (96) will say goodbye to official royal appearances with a particularly fitting event - paying tribute naval serviceman who trekked 2677 kilometers in aid of charity.

On Wednesday, the former cadet and now-captain general of the royal marines will also attend a parade to mark the finale of the 1664 Global Challenges, which is a series of strength and endurance challenges to raise funds and awareness.

When it comes to stats, Prince Philip, the longest-serving consort in British history, has had a rather impressive royal run.

Aside from being by the Queen's side for 70 years, he has given 5496 speeches, he is a patron, president or member of 785 organisations and four million people have taken part in his youth awards programme, known as the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Fortunately for royal fans, this won't mean the nonagenarian will retire to his quarters at the palace for good.

According to Buckingham Palace, the duke may decide to attend certain events if he wishes, but not without the Queen by his side. The 91-year-old's public schedule will continue as normal.

“I’m discovering what it’s like to be on your last legs,” the prince, who's known for his cheeky sense of humour, recently joked to the cook at a palace event - so it's about time he gets some R 'n R.

Sources: BBC, The Guardian, The Telegraph 

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