Prince Philip retiring: 65 years of service by the numbers

Britain's Prince Philip to retire this week

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He has been their Captain General since 1953, succeeding his father-in-law King George VI.

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.

"No official details have yet been released about the Duke's funeral, codenamed Operation Forth Bridge by the Royal Household, as the final say about the nature of the ceremony rests with the Queen".

"He will still be Trooping the Colour, and be at the Queen's side during state visits as and when he wants".

The Duke of Edinburgh has retired from official royal engagements in his own inimitable style by joking with Royal Marines they should be "locked up" for their madcap fundraising efforts.

Ellard, who served seven years as a marine, said he was sad to see his captain go.

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"Well he's a sailor, isn't he?"

The Duke will meet some of the runners including two Royal Marines who have completed the entire distance. "It stops raining just as the parade finishes".

The full-length article, which has since been taken down, appeared on the newspaper's website on Wednesday after Prince Phillip, 96, was due to carry out his 22,219th solo engagement, the Guardian reported.

The Band of HM Royal Marines, Plymouth played the Sir Rod Stewart hit I Am Sailing and Philip shared a laugh when he stopped to talk to veterans from the Royal Marines Association and 30 members of RM cadet units from across the country.

The event marked the end of the 1664 Global Challenge, in which Marines from around the world have taken part in extreme events such as 34-mile swim underwater and long-distance running to raise money for the Royal Marine Charity.

The announcement in May that the Duke was stepping down came after a day of speculation that the steadfast companion of the Queen for 70 years may have died.

The duke and the queen have been gradually reducing their duties in recent years, handing over to the younger royals, including heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles and his son Prince William.

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