Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, carries out his final solo public engagement Wednesday (Aug 2) before he retires from royal duties.
The 96-year-old meets servicemen of the Royal Marines in a ceremonial parade at Buckingham Palace. As the Captain General of the Royal Marines, Prince Philip attends the ceremony paying tribute to personnel of the 1664 Global Challenge -- a series of strength and endurance challenges raising funds and awareness for charity. It is the 22,219th solo engagement he has carried out since 1952.
It was announced in May that Philip would no longer undertake his own programme of engagements, though he may still accompany the Queen at certain events from time to time.
According to calculation by Buckingham Palace, he has undertaken 637 solo overseas visits, delivered 5,496 speeches, and found time to write 14 books and carried out the role of patron for 785 organisations during his royal career.
The Queen, 91, will continue her public schedule.
The Daily Telegraph published an incomplete article online on Wednesday announcing the death of the Duke of Edinburgh as the still-alive prince prepared for his final day of public engagements.
The piece read: “The Duke of Edinburgh, the longest-serving consort to a monarch in British history, has died at the age of XX, Buckingham Palace has announced.
“Prince Philip, whom the Queen described as her ‘strength and stay’ during her record-breaking reign, passed away XXXXXXX
A spokesman for the Telegraph said: “We sincerely apologise for the mistake that was made this morning, which was of course rectified immediately. We will be reviewing our publishing processes as a matter of urgency.”