Prince Philip to re­tire this week

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Prince Philip, the 96-year-old hus­band of Queen El­iz­a­beth II, will re­tire this week, con­duct­ing the last of more than 22,200 solo pub­lic en­gage­ments, the palace said yes­ter­day. The Duke of Ed­in­burgh, who served as a naval of­fi­cer dur­ing World War II, will at­tend a pa­rade of Royal Marines at Buck­ing­ham Palace on Wed­nes­day. He is cap­tain gen­eral of the com­mando force. “This con­cludes the duke’s in­di­vid­ual pro­gram of pub­lic en­gage­ments. But he may choose to at­tend en­gage­ments along­side the queen from time to time,” a spokes­woman said. The prince, the long­est-serv­ing con­sort in Bri­tish his­tory, an­nounced in May that he would re­tire from pub­lic du­ties later this year.

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