Prince Philip, 96-year-old, will retire this week, carrying out the last of his public appearances
The Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, will attend a parade of the Royal Marines at Buckingham Palace, ending the 64 years as Captain General of the commando force.
A spokeswoman of the Buckingham Palace mentioned in a statement that the parade aims to “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.”
In numbers, the Duke has had quite an interesting journey:
- 22,219 – total number of solo engagements
- 637 – overseas visits
- 5,496 – given speeches
- 785 – organizations of which he is a patron
- 14 – books he has authored
The Duke announced his retirement from public duties in May, more than 5 years after the Palace originally mentioned that he would gradually “wind down” his workload. More than that, despite a recent hospitalization for treating an undisclosed infection, he is in good health for someone who is in his late 90s. In 2016, he attended 200 events as he continued to represent the royal family.
Prince Philip remains the same wonderful person, with a personal, distinctive flair that can’t be mistaken, nor forgotten.