Britain's Prince Philip Ends 65 Years Of Official Engagements

Britain's Prince Philip to retire this week

Britain's Prince Philip to retire this week

The event marked the end of the 1664 Global Challenge, which recognises 1664, the year the Royal Marines were founded, and has seen marines push themselves to the limit with a series of physical exploits in aid of the Royal Marines Charity.

When the announcement of his retirement was made this May, the royal consort was praised for his years of service, with British Prime Minister Theresa May offering the country's "deepest gratitude and good wishes".

The british monarchy lost one of its most fantastic... and uncontrollable servants: at 96 years old, the age he reached on 10 June, prince Philip, put the end of Wednesday 2 August 2017 to sixty-five years of good and loyal services, fulfilling the ultimate mission of door-to-22 220 the total number of commitments in solo as he was honored during his career with royal - assorted 5 496 speeches.

It was initially spotted by Guardian writer Rhiannon Cosslett, who tweeted that it was a "Royal f*ck up".

While Prince Philip s life had not turned out as expected, Brandreth said the duke once told him: "I tried to make the best of it. I had to try to support the queen as best I could, without getting in the way".

Known for its dry humor and its outputs, sometimes more than the limits, it would in any case cared for his exit by making laugh for the last time his audience: "You should all make you lock up!", there jovialement joked about meaningless effort made by the participants of the Challenge.

The statistics are remarkable. In his public duties since 1952, he has recorded more than 22,000 solo public engagements, often in support of his chosen causes, including his admirable youth awards scheme.

He has been captain general of the corps since 1953, taking over from the Queen's father king George VI, who had died the year before.

But he uses it to break the ice, and many view it as a welcome contrast to the Queen's more formal reserve.

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

"How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to get them through the test?" he once asked a driving instructor in Scotland.

"He will be missed on the public stage", said William Cook, 89, whose grandson was one of the Royal Marines being honoured by the prince. Gruff in public - he hates media interviews - he is also widely credited for keeping his family together during the turmoil of his children's divorces and the death of Diana, princess of Wales. He had an exploratory operation on his abdomen in 2013 and was treated for a blocked coronary artery in 2011.

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