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Prince Philip's last public engagement at the Royal Marines charity parade on August 2 (Matt Dunham/PA)

Prince Philip's last public engagement at the Royal Marines charity parade on August 2 (Matt Dunham/PA)

Prince Philip's with Queen Elizabeth

Prince Philip's with Queen Elizabeth

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Prince Philip's last public engagement at the Royal Marines charity parade on August 2 (Matt Dunham/PA)

Prince Philip will retire at the end of this week after carrying out the last of his thousands of public appearances.

The Duke of Edinburgh will attend a parade of the Royal Marines at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, bringing to an end his 64 years as Captain of the commando force.

Renowned for his witty one-liners and off-the-cuff remarks, the 96-year-old has engaged in Royal duties for more than half a decade.

According to Buckingham Palace, the decision for Prince Philip to retire has the full support of the queen.

The Duke of Edinburgh will attend a parade of the Royal Marines at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, bringing to an end his 64 years as Captain General of the commando force.

Having attended countless events with the queen, now 91, Prince Philip will take the salute this week at the charity challenge by the Royal Marines.

Tributes to the longest serving royal consort in British History have been flooding in after the announcement, first made to the royal staff in the ballroom of Buckingham Palace last week.

Belfast Telegraph