99-year-old Prince Philip breaks retirement

  • 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.

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.


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.  

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