Royal announcement: Prince Philip’s final public engagement

2017-07-26 10:16

Cape Town – Buckingham Palace on Tuesday announced Prince Philip’s final public engagement will take place on 2 August.

The Duke of Edinburgh – who is the Captain General of the Royal marines - is scheduled to attend the Royal Marines’ Parade to mark the finale of an annual charity event – the 1664 Global Challenge.

The parade will take place at the Buckingham Palace forecourt.

While this is Prince Philip’s final scheduled public engagement, he may choose to attend events alongside the Queen in the future.


A royal announcement was made in May that “His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh has decided that he will no longer carry out public engagements from autumn this year. In taking this decision, the Duke has the full support from the Queen.” (Read more here)


Prince Philip has been involved with the Royal Marines for 64 years after being appointed Captain General in 1953 in succession to the late King George VI.

The 1664 Global Challenge has seen 1500 Royal Marines and Army Commandos run 16.64 miles (27km) everyday fro 100 days to reach their goal of 1664 mile goal at the end of the challenge.

1664 is a significant number as it is the year in which the Corps was founded.

The challenge aims to raise funds for The Royal Marines Charity.

This year’s parade will see Prince Philip receive the 1664 Global Challenge baton as well as meet with veterans, cadets and representatives from the runners' contingent.

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