- After 67 years Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles Prince Philip has handed over patronage to the Duchess of Cornwall.
- The Duke of Edinburgh retired from public duties in 2017.
- The ceremony took place at Windsor Castle where the 99-year-old prince has been self-isolating with the queen.
Prince Philip has come out of retirement for a rare royal engagement.
The Duke of Edinburgh was photographed at Windsor Castle on Wednesday, where he continues to self-isolate with the queen, as he handed over patronage of The Rifles to the Duchess of Cornwall, reports BBC.
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Today, The Duke of Edinburgh has been succeeded as Colonel-in-Chief of @rifles_regiment by The Duchess of Cornwall, in a ceremony which took place at both Windsor Castle and Highgrove House. . The Duke has been Colonel-in-Chief of successive Regiments that have made up The Rifles since 1953, and today, they are the largest infantry Regiment in the British Army. . The Duke of Edinburgh’s arrival was marked by four Buglers, who are members of The Rifles’ military band. . The Duke was thanked for his 67 years of service and support to the Regiment, before the Buglers sounded the ‘No More Parades’ call, marking HRH’s final ceremony as The Rifles’ Colonel-in-Chief. . At Highgrove House, The Duchess of Cornwall was greeted by a Bugle call, and was welcomed by the Regiment’s Colonel Commandant as The Rifles’ new Colonel-in-Chief. . The Duchess has close links with the Regiment, and has served as Royal Colonel of its fourth Battalion since 2007.
Prince Philip has been Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles for 67 years.
His arrival was marked by four Buglers, who are members of The Rifles' military band. They played the No More Parades call to mark his final ceremony before he handed it over the Camilla, who was at Highgrove House.
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Though the queen and Prince Philip have remained at Windsor Castle, Their Royal Highnesses will still enjoy their summer vacation at Balmoral Castle in August, reports Harper's Bazaar, "following all relevant government guidelines and advice," a spokesperson for the royal couple says.