Philip hailed as wonderful figurehead for Royal Marines at final solo engagement

Philip hailed as wonderful figurehead for Royal Marines at final solo engagement

On Wednesday, the 96-year-old Duke of Edinburgh showed up at the Buckingham Palace Forecourt in London, England, to meet the servicemen who have taken part in a 1,664-mile trek in aid of charity.

The butler said the Prince, health permitting, will also be at next year's Order of the Garter Service on June 18 and Royal Ascot on June 19-23.

It is not the first time a newspaper has prematurely announced the duke's death, with the Sun making a similar error in May when the duke announced his retirement from public engagements.

It is one of more than 780 organisations of which he has been patron, president or a member.

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The 1664 Global Challenge challenge, which recognises the year 1664 when the Corps was founded, has seen Royal Marines all over the world raising money for the military unit's charity with a number of ingenious feats.

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

Philip's career as a royal consort has often been marked by gaffes and missteps, most notably when he told a group of British expats: "If you stay here much longer you'll all be slitty-eyed" while on a trip to China.

British media reported earlier this year that the Duke's grandson, Prince Harry, will take over the role, but the final decision lies with the Queen.

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Prince Philip, who was born into the Greek and Danish royal families, Wednesday Queen Elizabeth II - now 91 - in November 1947 after a five-month engagement.

Prince Philip was unexpectedly hospitalized during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, according to USA Today.

The day before the wedding, the King bestowed the style of Royal Highness on Philip and on the morning of the wedding, he was made the Duke of Edinburgh as he had abandoned both his Greek and Danish royal titles in order to marry Elizabeth.

They have four children and eight grandchildren.

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