Prince Philip calls it a day

New Straits Times - - World -

LON­DON: Prince Philip, the 96year-old hus­band of Bri­tain’s Queen El­iz­a­beth, made his fi­nal solo ap­pear­ance at an of­fi­cial en­gage­ment yes­ter­day as he re­tires from ac­tive pub­lic life.

Philip at­tended a pa­rade of Royal Marines at Buck­ing­ham Palace af­ter more than 22,000 solo ap­pear­ances over the last 65 years. He is the Cap­tain Gen­eral of the Royal Marines.

Philip mar­ried El­iz­a­beth at West­min­ster Abbey in 1947, and the cou­ple are due to cel­e­brate their plat­inum, or 70th, wed­ding an­niver­sary in Novem­ber.

Buck­ing­ham Palace had said that Philip, who is also known as the Duke of Ed­in­burgh, may choose to ac­com­pany El­iz­a­beth at cer­tain events in the fu­ture.

El­iz­a­beth had de­scribed Philip as her “strength and stay” dur­ing her reign, de­spite his rep­u­ta­tion for stray com­ments and head­line-grab­bing gaffes. Reuters

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