Prince Philip is officially retiring at the age of 96

Britain's Prince Philip to retire this week

Britain's Prince Philip to retire this week

It is a parade which will bring the curtain down on 65 years of service, during which time he has carried out more than 22,000 solo engagements, visited almost 150 countries, and given over 5,000 speeches, some of which have stuck in the memory more than others.

In retirement, the Duke will likely enjoy more leisure time at Windsor Castle in Berkshire - he is an avid carriage driver and enjoys oil painting.

The Prince's prolonged service has won him support from both sides of Parliament, though.

He began public duties back in 1952, when the Queen acceded to the throne on the death of her father, King George VI.

During the rainy event, Philip met with representatives from organization, including including two Royal Marines who have completed the entire 1664 miles.

Philip has been the backbone of his wife, Queen Elizabeth II, since the time she was crowned.

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"Prince Philip, whom the Queen described as her "strength and stay" during her record-breaking reign, passed away XXXXXXX", it continued.

At one stage, the military band played "for he's a jolly good fellow" as a tribute to the elderly royal, who has served in his consort role for longer than anyone else in British history.

Since the Queen's accession to the throne in 1953, the Duke has supported his wife in her royal duties as sovereign, accompanying her to ceremonies, state dinners, and tours overseas.

"Prince Philip is entitled to slow down a bit", read an editorial in the Daily Telegraph. He also established The Duke of Edinburgh Award in 1956, which aims to instill confidence and new skills in youn g people.

As well as raising his hat for the troops, Philip also waved to the crowd as he left. Philip celebrated his 96th birthday in June and stepped down from royal duties in August. During a visit to Oban in Scotland in 1995 he asked a driving instructor: "How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to pass the [driving] test?"

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