Royal Albert Hall hosted Duke’s first solo engagement | London

The Duke of Edinburgh’s first ever official solo engagement was a trip to a boxing match at the Royal Albert Hall in 1948.

As Prince Philip retires at the age of 96, he has carried out 22,219 solo engagements since the Queen acceded to the throne in 1952, plus many more following his wedding in 1947.

Buckingham Palace said that, as far as they are aware, the Duke’s first solo public engagement was on March 2 1948 when he went to the London Federation of Boys’ Clubs Boxing Finals at the Royal Albert Hall.

The Court Circular, published in The Times the next day, recorded that the Duke, then 26, presented prizes following the championship and that he was patron of the Federation.

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