At 96, the na­tion’s most fa­mous re­tiree fi­nally calls it a day. In a spe­cial fea­ture, Let’s Talk looks at some of the is­sues sur­round­ing this cru­cially im­por­tant phase of the lives of so many ...

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Eight page spe­cial on a key topic

It was only a few weeks ago, at the start of Au­gust, that one of the na­tion’s favourite ‘pen­sion­ers’ fi­nally of­fi­cially re­tired.

The Duke of Ed­in­burgh’s last solo royal en­gage­ment was hailed as ‘his­toric’ by a Royal Ma­rine whose feat of strength and en­durance was cel­e­brated by the re­tir­ing royal.

As a for­mer Royal Navy of­fi­cer, Prince Philip’s last of­fi­cial event, af­ter al­most 70 years of cham­pi­oning his own causes and char­i­ties, fit­tingly fea­tured men from the Royal Marines, an in­te­gral part of the Navy.

The Duke was praised for his role as Cap­tain Gen­eral of the Royal Marines by a se­nior of­fi­cer who de­scribed the 96-year-old as a “won­der­ful fig­ure­head for all Royal Marines to look up to”.

Most of us, of course, have, or plan to re­tire, long be­fore we are 96, but I think we can all ac­cept that Prince Philip can be called a spe­cial case!

For most, re­tire­ment is some­thing that has been looked for­ward to for many years. No more get­ting up early, no more com­mutes, no more the hurly­burly and hav­ing to be at work, for most, at least five days a week.

For oth­ers, re­tire­ment may be re­garded as a huge threat. No more ban­ter with col­leagues, no more in­come from work­ing, no more hav­ing much to do.

What­ever the is­sues, re­tire­ment and the plan­ning for re­tire­ment, have never been more com­pli­cated or wor­ry­ing for many.

In par­tic­u­lar, rules re­gard­ing pen­sions seem to have changed many times over the past cou­ple of years.

Here, in a Let’s Talk re­tire­ment spe­cial, we look at some of the is­sues fac­ing those who are re­tired and those who are plan­ning to re­tire, rang­ing from fi­nance, hous­ing and hob­bies to vol­un­teer­ing and re­la­tion­ships ... as well as look­ing back at some of the times the Duke of Ed­in­burgh visted Nor­folk and Suf­folk.

And we also catch up with a re­cent new re­tiree in the shape of for­mer Let’s Talk ed­i­tor, Neil Haver­son.

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