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Prince Philip braves the torrential rain as he officially retires to cheers and applause

The Duke of Edinburgh braved the rain to conduct his final engagement before retirement on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.

Dressed in a raincoat and bowler hat, the 96-year-old took his position on the dais for the Royal Salute and the National Anthem.

In the capacity of Captain General of the Royal Marines, Prince Philip chose the Captain General’s Parade to be the engagement which marks the end of his public duties.

As the Duke left the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, the Royal Marines led three huge cheers for the Prince.

Crowds who gathered outside the gates of Buckingham Palace cheered and clapped as the engagement came to an end. The Duke very rarely acknowledges the crowd, although on this occasion he made an exception and waved in thanks.

Prince Philip was appointed Captain General of the Royal Marines on 2nd June 1953, in succession to the late King George VI. It is expected Prince Harry will take over as Captain General follow his grandfather’s retirement.

This will most certainly not be the last time we see Prince Philip in public. He will still attend important events alongside The Queen and other members of the Royal Family, but today marks the closure of his own personal diary.

According to Buckingham Palace, Prince Philip has conducted 22,219 solo engagements since 1952.

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