dglobalnews.com Prince Philip carries out final royal engagement before retirement
Published: Thu, August 03, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Prince Philip carries out final royal engagement before retirement

Prince Philip carries out final royal engagement before retirement

This year, the challenge will see Royal Marines from around the country running 16.64 miles each day for 100 days, totaling a distance of 1664 miles.

Palace representatives confirmed the Prince, who is the Captain General of the Royal Marines, had attended his final official royal event in a series of posts on Twitter.

He was also met with cheers as he was handed the Challenge baton.

Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth welcomed Spain's King Felipe and Queen Letizia to Buckingham Palace for a state banquet last month.

As a former Royal Navy officer Philip's last public solo event, after more than 65 years championing his own causes and charities, fittingly featured men from the Royal Marines, an integral part of the Navy.

Another mistimed obituary for Prince Philip was published in May when the duke initially announced his retirement from public engagements.

Upon his retirement in August 2017, Prince Philip has served as patron or president to some 800 organizations.

As well as raising his hat for the troops, Philip also waved to the crowd as he left.

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Although Prince Philip is in his late 90s, he remains in relatively good health, despite a few minor surgeries within the past few years and arthritis in his right hand developed from playing polo.

The 1664 Global Challenge raises funds and awareness for The Royal Marines Charity, marking the symbolic significance of 1664 as the year in which the Corps was founded.

The Duke of Edinburgh is retiring today, and will carry out his final public duty this afternoon.

The queen once described her husband as "my strength and stay" - although the duke himself is self-deprecating, joking earlier this year that he was the "world's most experienced plaque-unveiler".

An incomplete article was published by the newspaper's website with the headline "HOLD HOLD HOLD Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh dies age XX".

The couple are set to mark their 70th or platinum wedding anniversary in November this year.

They have four children and eight grandchildren.

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