Duke Of Edinburgh Undertakes Final Public Engagement Before Retirement

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Prince Philip, who turned 96 in June, was at a parade at Buckingham Palace to mark the finale of the Royal Marines 1664 Global Challenge. "Prince Philip, whom the Queen described as her "strength and stay" during her record-breaking reign, passed away XXXXXXX".

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

THE TELEGRAPH today wrongly declared that Prince Philip has died, publishing his obituary online.

According to calculation by Buckingham Palace, Prince Philip has undertaken 637 solo overseas visits, delivered 5,496 speeches, and found time to write 14 books and carried out the role of patron for 785 organisations during his royal career.

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Wednesday, Prince Philip, 96 met with the Royal Marine Commandos to celebrate his historic retirement after almost 70-years of service. He has given almost 5,500 speeches, made more than 600 overseas trips and served as patron for almost 800 organizations.

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 royal will remain by his wife's side for some public events, and he will continue to keep up select official duties, including correspondence.

Close confidants of the royal family said the decision to retire was a personal one taken by Prince Philip himself, who may now devote his time to writing his memoirs.

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But from the demeanour of the Queen's Consort you would never have guessed he was retiring after carrying out 22,219 solo engagements since 1952.

He became the longest-serving consort in the British monarchy's history in 2009 and is the oldest ever male member of the British Royal Family.

Since the Queen's accession to the throne in 1953, the Duke has supported his wife in her royal duties as sovereign, accompanying her to ceremonies, state dinners, and tours overseas.

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