Prince Philip Retires! The Royal Attends His Last Official Public Engagement Ever

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The Daily Telegraph published an incomplete online article wrongly announcing the death of Prince Philip - consort to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II - on Wednesday (Aug 2), The Guardian reported.

The parade will mark the end of the 1664 Global Challenge, which raises money for The Royal Marines Charity.

Prince Philip will soon have a lot less on his plate.

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

The prince has been married to the Queen for 70 years.

Upon his retirement in August 2017, Prince Philip has served as patron or president to some 800 organizations.

Wearing a bowler hat and raincoat to protect himself from heavy rain, he watched the marines parade on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, the main royal residence in London.

Prince Philip's last day on the job didn't get off to the best start, courtesy of a report on the Daily Telegraph's website this morning claiming that he was dead.

In the summer of 1946, Philip asked the King George VI for his daughter's hand in marriage, delaying the public announcement of their engagement until Elizabeth turned 21 the following April.

Philip's career as a royal consort has often been marked by gaffes and missteps, most notably when he told a group of British expats: "If you stay here much longer you'll all be slitty-eyed" while on a trip to China.

It is the 22,219th solo engagement he has carried out since 1952.

The Telegraph published a pre-written piece with the headline "HOLD HOLD HOLD Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, dies aged XX".

Though the queen supports her husband's decision to retire, she has no plans to do the same as her nation navigates its Brexit from the European Union.

While this is his final official celebration, the palace tweeted that His Royal Highness "may still attend events alongside The Queen from time to time". He has eight grandchildren, including Charlotte's father, Prince William.


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