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When the Daily Telegraph accidentally 'killed' Prince Philip

03 August, 2017, 00:31 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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The full-length report, since taken down, appeared on the newspaper's website before Prince Philip, 96, the longest-serving consort in British history was due to carry out his 22,219th - and final - solo engagement.

Earlier this year it was announced that Prince Philip had decided now was the right time to step back from public life and that he was doing so with the "full support" of the Queen.

Wearing a bowler hat and raincoat to protect himself from heavy rain, he watched the marines parade on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, the main royal residence in London.

It was an event for service members who participated in the 1664 Global Challenge, a fundraiser for The Royal Marines.

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. The paper quickly deleted the article, which contained such touching tributes as "Prince Philip, whom the Queen described as her "strength and stay" during her record-breaking reign, passed away XXXXXXX FILL IN DETAILS".




The event, held in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, will see the Duke attend in his role as Captain General of the Royal Marines, which he has held for 64 years since being appointed in 1953 following the death of King George VI.

The prince's sense of humour has got him into trouble in the past, making headlines for politically incorrect jokes.

William, the 35-year-old Duke of Cambridge, ended his two-year career as an air ambulance pilot last week to turn his full attention to royal duties, alongside his wife Kate.

Prince Philip "will not be accepting new invitations for visits and engagements, although he may still choose to attend certain public events from time to time", a statement read.

Philip, however, may pop up at public events from time to time, such as Trooping the Colour in future years or even support the Queen during the proposed state visit for U.S. president Donald Trump.

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