Prince Philip calls it a day
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