Duke of Edinburgh to make final royal engagement

The Duke of Edinburgh will carry out his last official royal engagement today before retirement.

It was announced in May that the Duke he would be retiring from royal engagements after more than 65 years supporting the Queen as well as attending events for his own charities and organisations.

In the 96-year-old’s role as Captain General, Prince Philip will meet Royal Marines who have completed a mammoth 1,664 mile trek as part of the 1664 Global Challenge.

The challenge, which recognises the year 1664 when the Corps was founded, has seen Royal Marines all over the world raising money for the military unit’s charity with a number of ingenious feats.

Prince Philip’s association with the Royal Marines dates back 64 years to June 2, 1953 when he was appointed Captain General in succession to the late King George VI.

Buckingham Palace said although the Duke’s diary of engagements will come to an end on Wednesday he may decide to attend certain events alongside the Queen in future.

On announcing his retirement, Philip was praised for his public service with Theresa May leading the tributes saying he had given the Queen “steadfast support”.

While Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the Duke’s ”clear sense of public duty” had inspired people for more than 60 years.

Philip will attend a parade at Buckingham Palace marking the end of the running challenge which began in Plymouth on April 25 with Royal Marines running 16.64 miles a day for 100 days.

The Duke will meet some of the runners including two Royal Marines who have completed the entire distance.

During the event Philip will also meet veterans and cadets before receiving the 1664 Global Challenge baton.

The parade will end with a march past, a royal salute and three cheers for the Captain General.

Over the years Philip has attended many Royal Marines events and in 2014, to mark the Corps’ 350th anniversary, the Duke wore his full ceremonial uniform as Captain General to the state opening of parliament.

Source : http://www.itv.com/news/2017-08-02/duke-of-edinburgh/