The Duke of Edinburgh is to attend the Marines Proms, as part of the milestone 350th anniversary of The Royal Marines.
As Captain General of the Royal Marines, The Duke will attend this months RM350 South West Proms event at Plymouth Albion’s Brickfields stadium. Prince Philip will attend the event on Saturday 19th, with the event itself going on over four nights from Wednesday 16th to Saturday 19th July.
A RM350 source commented, “We’re delighted that the Duke of Edinburgh, as the ceremonial head of the Royal Marines, has confirmed he will attend the RM350 event”. The event is expected to be one of the biggest military events staged in Plymouth in living memory, and organisers hope to attract over 18,000 people over the four nights.
Highlights across the event include the band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, a display of military equipment and fly pasts from a Sea Fury and a Swordfish aircraft. The spectacular is also hoping to raise money for The Plymouth Drake Foundation and for The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.
Prince Philip gave up his active naval career over 60 years ago in 1951, just months before his wife became Queen. He does, to this day however, remain closely connected to and actively involved in every aspect of military service. In 1952, The Duke was appointed as Admiral of the Sea Cadet Corps as well as Colonel in Chief of the Army Cadet Force and Air Commodore in Chief of the Air Training Corps.
In the year of the coronation, Prince Philip was promoted to Admiral of the Fleet, Field Marshal of the Royal Air Force; he also holds the titles of Captain General of the Royal Marines, and Colonel of many British and overseas regiments, which include Colonel of Grenadier Guards, Colonel in Chief of The Queen’s Royal Hussars and Colonel in Chief of the Intelligence Corps.
A range of tickets for the RM350 Proms are available, ranging from picnic on the pitch tickets at £10, to VIPs. Major General David Hook has promised that ticket holders, at whatever price, will not be disappointed by the entertainment on offer at the spectacular.
As another part of the 350th anniversary celebrations, Prince Philip will inspect 500 Royal Marine Cadets at the 350th Foundation Parade at Buckingham Palace on 8th July.