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Duke of Edinburgh attends final solo royal engagement

03 August 2017

The Duke of Edinburgh braved pouring rain at Buckingham Palace to meet with Royal Marines, some of who participated in the Royal Marines Global 1664 Challenge - 100 challenges completed over the course of 100 days. All smiles, the royal tipped his hat while greeting those around him. The Royal Marines marched, gave a royal salute and the event closed off with three cheers for the Captain General - a symbolic finish, as Captain General was one of Prince Philip's oldest duties, handed to him in 1953.

Wednesday, Prince Philip, 96 met with the Royal Marine Commandos to celebrate his historic retirement after almost 70-years of service.

An official announcement was made earlier this year that the Duke of Edinburgh would retire from his duties and the queen declared her full support of this decision.

As a former Royal Navy officer Philip's last official event, after nearly 70 years championing his own causes and charities, fittingly featured men from the Royal Marines - an integral part of the Navy.

Prince Philip has carried out official royal duties alone or with the queen since she ascended to the throne following the death of her father, King George VI, in 1952.

Philip's final engagement - at a charity event with the Royal Marines - will honor his own military background as a naval officer during World War II.

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The butler said the Prince, health permitting, will also be at next year's Order of the Garter Service on June 18 and Royal Ascot on June 19-23.

The palace said Philip may still choose to attend events alongside the queen.

"However, Palace insiders have said the Duke specified he wanted a "low key" funeral at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, where he will also be interred".

Philip and Elizabeth had two children, Charles and Anne (pictured), prior to Elizabeth becoming queen, and two more after, Andrew and Edward. The BBC reported that the rank will pass to Philip's grandson Prince Harry following his retirement.

The royal couple are scheduled to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary in November.

Duke of Edinburgh attends final solo royal engagement