Prince Philip: A life of service

Thursday, 03 Aug, 2017

Today, in his final engagement, Prince Philip will meet service personnel who have completed a mammoth 1,664 mile trek for the Royal Marines charity. Prince Philip was unexpectedly hospitalized during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, according to USA Today. He also spoke with veterans dressed in berets and dark suits.

Dressed in a raincoat and bowler hat, the 96-year-old took his position on the dais for the Royal Salute and the National Anthem.

The queen once described her husband as "my strength and stay" - although the duke himself is self-deprecating, joking earlier this year that he was the "world's most experienced plaque-unveiler".

The article coincides with Philip's last public engagement before he retires, which takes place on Wednesday.

Buckingham Palace has said that despite the Duke's completion of royal duties, he might still decide to attend certain events, alongside the Queen from time to time.

His last engagement - his 22,219th as royal consort - will be a meeting with Royal Marines who have run 16.64 miles per day for 100 days for charity, in reference to the foundation year of the Marines, 1664.

But although the parade spelled the end of his working life with three "hip hip hoorays", a Royal butler has revealed to us he will still be attending an entire list of events.

Since Elizabeth became queen in 1952, Philip has taken part in more than 22,200 solo engagements, given nearly 5,500 speeches and gone on more than 600 solo trips overseas.

Prince Philip sits with the Queen as she delivers her speech in the House of Lords, during the State Opening of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster in London June 4, 2014.

"However, Palace insiders have said the Duke specified he wanted a "low key" funeral at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, where he will also be interred".

The Queen, 91, will continue her public schedule.

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

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.