For the last 65 years, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh has stood alongside his wife Queen Elizabeth as consummate consort and royal representative.
Now, the Prince at 96 years of age has completed his 22,219th and final solo public engagement, braving pouring rain to meet the Royal Marines at Buckingham Palace.
The Prince appeared in good spirits, and joked with the soldiers who had completed a 2,678 trek to raise money for charity. “You should all be locked up,” the Prince joked.
After a demonstration, the soldiers let out three cheers for the Prince, who then raised his hat and gave a rare wave.
The Prince, has served in his role as the Queen’s consort for over seven decades and is the patron of more than 780 organisations. He is the longest-serving consort of a reigning British monarch and the oldest-ever male member of the British royal family. Throughout his public life, he has given 5,496 speeches, written 14 books and gone on 637 solo visits overseas.
While he is in overall good health, the Prince has been admitted into hospital on a number of occasions over the last few years.
Buckingham Palace made an announcement in May this year that the Prince would be stepping down from public life.