Royal photographer pays tribute to 'good Christian man' Prince Philip

Jerome Frank
August 3, 2017

The 96-year-old has bowed out of public duty, at the Captain General's parade of the Royal Marines.

The 1664 Global Challenge saw marines undertake a series of exploits that pushed them to their physical limits in aid of the Royal Marines Charity. The name of the challenge refers to the year in which the corps was founded.

Prince Philip, the consort of Queen Elizabeth II, announced his retirement in May, after decades of supporting the Queen, as well as attending events for his own charities and organisations.

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said in a statement that the parade would "bring His Royal Highness's individual program to a conclusion, although he may choose to attend certain events, alongside the Queen, from time to time".

It was the royal's 22,219 solo engagement, including 637 trips overseas, The Guardian reports.

Prince Philip's association with the Royal Marines dates back 64 years to June 2, 1953, when he was appointed Captain General in succession to the late King George VI, the Evening Standard newspaper reported.

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At one stage, the military band played "for he's a jolly good fellow" as a tribute to the elderly royal, who has served in his consort role for longer than anyone else in British history.

"But he's got a lot of young people coming up, I think he's set a wonderful example but they can't better it", he added alongside wife Ella, who had set up camp with picnic chairs outside the palace gates.

Philip's retirement comes less than two months after he was discharged from hospital after being treated for an infection stemming from an undisclosed pre-existing condition. The event also saw assembled Royal Marines hailing the Duke with three cheers.

THE TELEGRAPH today wrongly declared that Prince Philip has died, publishing his obituary online.

According to Buckingham Palace, Philip may continue to accompany the Queen at events she is attending.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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