August 2, 2017 marks Prince Philip’s final royal appointment when he attends a Royal Marines charity parade.
The 96-year-old Duke of Edinburgh is officially retiring after 65 years of public service.
According to The Telegraph, Philip has carried out 22,219 solo engagements and 637 solo visits overseas since he left active military service in 1952.
In retirement, the Duke will likely enjoy more leisure time at Windsor Castle in Berkshire — he is an avid carriage driver and enjoys oil painting.
His Royal Highness will be remembered equally for his sharp wit as he will be for his gaffes, which have often left the nation laughing or reeling.
The Prince’s prolonged service has won him support from both sides of Parliament, though. Jeremy Corbyn applauded his “clear sense of public duty” and Theresa May praised his “steadfast support” to the Queen.
Philip’s lengthy career, marked by hundreds of visits to far-flung corners of the British Empire, has unsurprisingly produced some remarkable royal photography. So, here are the best images from each of his 70 years as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh:
1947: Prince Philip began his journey as a British royal when he married into the country’s royal family after a five-month engagement to his distant cousin, Elizabeth. He was 26.
1948: The couple had their first child, Prince Charles, in 1948. In this picture, he sleeps in the arms of his mother, then Princess Elizabeth, after his Christening at Buckingham Palace.
1949: Philip spent many of his younger years in the Royal Navy meaning family time was precious. He spent much of 1949 stationed in Malta as the first lieutenant of the destroyer HMS Chequers, the lead ship of the 1st Destroyer Flotilla in the Mediterranean Fleet.