Royal photographer pays tribute to 'good Christian man' Prince Philip

Britain's Prince Philip to retire this week

Britain's Prince Philip retires from public engagements

Britain's Prince Philip has completed his final public engagement, bringing to a close a career as consort to Queen Elizabeth II that has seen him attend around 22,000 events in his official capacity. 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".

He was also met with cheers as he was handed the Challenge baton.

As a former Royal Navy officer Philip's last public solo event, after more than 65 years championing his own causes and charities, fittingly featured men from the Royal Marines, an integral part of the Navy.

It is one of more than 780 organisations of which he has been patron, president or a member.

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The duke and the queen have been gradually reducing their duties in recent years, handing over to the younger royals, including heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles and his son Prince William.

Though Prince Philip is known for his tongue-twisting gaffes, the Telegraph's release today should make him turn around to say 'What a gaffe?' Otherwise, the Duke had announced in May this year that he would be stepping down from public duties.

As well as raising his hat for the troops, Philip also waved to the crowd as he left.

Wednesday's event marks Philip's 52nd public engagement for 2017.

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A spokesperson said that, though Philip's string of individual events has come to an end, "he may choose to attend engagements alongside the queen from time to time".

The newspaper revealed the Duke's body is first expected to be taken to the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace in London, where it will likely lie until the day of the funeral.

Since Elizabeth became queen in 1952, Philip has taken part in more than 22,200 solo engagements, given nearly 5,500 speeches and gone on more than 600 solo trips overseas.

They have four children and eight grandchildren.

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