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A Closer Look at Prince Philip’s Final Public Engagement

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Yesterday (August 2), Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, participated in his final public engagement. As announced back in May, the Prince “will no longer undertake his own programme of public engagements,” but he can choose to attend certain events with Queen Elizabeth II.

Since 1952, Prince Philip has attended 22,219 solo engagements, 637 of which happened overseas. In all, he gave 5,946 speeches and wrote 14 books.

To mark the end of this era, Prince Philip spent part of August 2 attending the Captain General’s Parade at Buckingham Palace. This parade concluded the 1664 Global Challenge, an initiative that raises money and awareness for the Royal Navy Marines charity.

The challenge itself was no small feat this year. In all, Royal Marines from around the U.K. ran 16.64 miles a day for 100 days – 1,664 miles in total. 1664 represents the year this military corps was founded.

While on the scene, the Duke met numerous representatives, including a pair of Royal Marines who completed the 1,664-mile trek. What’s more, he spoke to veterans and cadets before receiving the 1664 Global Challenge baton.

This historical event was documented extensively on Twitter by the Royal Family. You can see some of the highlights below.

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