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Britain's Prince Philip makes final solo public appearance

Prince Philip who has long been considered among the most active royals in the UK has been married to Queen Elizabeth II since 1947 Britain's Prince Philip to retire this week
Erik Tate | 03 Августа, 2017, 00:59

The 1664 Global Challenge involved soldiers taking part in 100 challenges over 100 days to support injured marines, aiming to raise 100,000 pounds ($133,000). In 1957, the Queen granted her husband the title of a Prince of the United Kingdom, restoring the royal status that he had formally renounced ten years earlier.

He was also met with cheers as he was handed the Challenge baton.

Prince Philip has also made 637 solo visits overseas, written 14 books and given 5,496 speeches since 1952, the royal family said on Twitter.

The full-length report, since taken down, appeared on the newspaper's website before Prince Philip, 96, the longest-serving consort in British history was due to carry out his 22,219th - and final - solo engagement.

Philip, however, may pop up at public events from time to time, such as Trooping the Colour in future years or even support the Queen during the proposed state visit for USA president Donald Trump. He has given almost 5,500 speeches, made more than 600 overseas trips and served as patron for almost 800 organizations.

The duke, 96, who is stepping back from his royal duties after nearly 70 years, was described by a senior officer as a wonderful figurehead for all Marines to look up to.

Prince Philip was unexpectedly hospitalized during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, according to USA Today.

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The butler, who has worked for the Queen for more than a decade, told Daily Star Online that his retirement means "he's not obliged to carry out Royal duties, but he can choose to do so".

Prince Philip, who was born into the Greek and Danish royal families, Wednesday Queen Elizabeth II - now 91 - in November 1947 after a five-month engagement.

The duke won't be stepping out of the public spotlight completely, though.

The couple are set to mark their 70th or platinum wedding anniversary in November this year.

Close confidants of the royal family said the decision to retire was a personal one taken by Prince Philip himself, who may now devote his time to writing his memoirs.

They have four children and eight grandchildren.

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