Prince Philip is officially retiring at the age of 96

Britain's Prince Philip to retire this week

While most people retire in their 60s or 70s, Britain's Prince Philip performed his last official engagement Wednesday at the age of 96.

As Captain General of the Royal Marines, the Duke will attend a parade on Buckingham Palace grounds to mark the finale of the 1664 Global Challenge - a series of strength and endurance challenges raising funds and awareness for charity.

Having attended countless events with the queen, now 91, Prince Philip will take the salute this week at the charity challenge by the Royal Marines.

As a former Royal Navy officer Philip's last official event, after nearly 70 years championing his own causes and charities, fittingly featured men from the Royal Marines - an integral part of the Navy.

Since 1952, Prince Philip has carried out 22,220 solo public engagements, taken 637 solo overseas trips, made 5,493 speeches and authored 14 books.

He had received treatment for an infection arising from a pre-existing condition in June.

Prince Philip's most OUTRAGEOUS gaffes: Did he REALLY say these things? Prince Philip is Captain General of the Royal Marines, a title that is expected to pass to his grandson Prince Harry.

In May, when one of his well-wishers expressed sadness at the duke's decision to "stand down", Philip jokingly said: "I can't stand up much longer". Less than four years later, Princess Elizabeth had ascended to the throne after the death of her father, King George VI.

The Duke of Edinburgh is the longest serving consort to a British monarch with 65 years of public service and appearing at hundreds of events alongside his wife Queen Elizabeth II.

The Duke announced that he planned to step down from official duties earlier this year, though it is assumed that he will still be seen by the public, attending public events in an unofficial capacity when he wishes.

Overnight the website uploaded a pre-written piece which had the headline: "HOLD HOLD HOLD Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, dies aged XX".

The royal couple are scheduled to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary in November.

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