Published on August 2nd, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
Prince Philip Retires
Today, Prince Philip retires. The Duke of Edinburgh carries out his final official engagement, meeting with the Royal Marines. It is his last royal duty at the ripe old age of 96.
As Captain General of the Royal Marines, Prince Philip will attend a parade at Buckingham Palace to mark the finale of the 1664 Global Challenge.
Since 1952, when The Queen ascended to the throne, Prince Philip has carried out 22,219 solo engagements and 637 solo overseas visits.
Although today’s event is officially his final engagement, Prince Philip may still attend occasional events with The Queen.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
In his role as the Duke of Edinburgh, arguably Prince Philip’s most significant achievement is the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. Founded back in 1954 for 14-24 year olds, four million young people have taken part in this inspirational self-development scheme.
In this own words, Prince Philip says of the scheme:
“…young people of every generation have to discover for themselves what life is all about.”
Just a few weeks ago, Prince Philip attended his final presentation reception for the Duke of Edinburgh Award. It is expected that his son, the Earl of Wessex will take over the scheme following Prince Philip’s retirement. In fact, last year that the Countess of Wessex took part in a Cycling for Charity event to mark the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme Diamond Anniversary.
Prince Philip’s Long Service
Next week, the Royal Mint are releasing the Prince Philip Retirement Coin as a Gold Proof and Silver Proof coin. This marks Prince Philip’s dedicated service to his country over the past 80 years, not only as the Queen’s Consort, but also his prestigious career in the Royal Navy.
Prince Philip’s son, HRH The Prince of Wales struck the very first coin in this collection on a visit to the Royal Mint in July.
Royalty Memorabilia at the Post Office Shop
Meanwhile, you can celebrate a variety of Royal events and anniversaries within our wide range of Royalty memorabilia. In particular, The Queen has reached so many significant milestones recently including becoming the World’s Longest Reigning Monarch, remembered in the Long to Reign Over Us Presentation Pack.