Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Prince Philip prepares for final royal engagement

Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh waves to well-wishers as he leaves following the Royal family Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, in the east of England, on December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL

LONDON: The Duke of Edinburgh will attend his final official engagement later, but the palace has hinted it won’t necessarily be the last time we see him on royal duty.

Prince Philip, who turned 96 in June, will attend a parade at Buckingham Palace to mark the finale of the Royal Marines 1664 Global Challenge.

Buckingham Palace announced in May that the Duke would not be taking on any more solo engagements from Autumn this year.

A palace spokeswoman said the parade would “bring His Royal Highness’s individual programme to a conclusion, although he may choose to attend certain events, alongside the Queen, from time-to-time”.

It was the Duke who decided now was the right time to step back from public life, and he does so with the “full support” of the Queen.

The palace has said it was not a decision made on the advice of doctors.

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