Duke of Edinburgh at Captain General’s Parade

The Duke of Edinburgh conducted his final official solo engagement when he attended a Parade to mark the finale of the 1664 Global Challenge at the Buckingham Palace Forecourt on August 2nd. The Duke of Edinburgh has gone into retirement and though he may attend some engagements with the Queen, he will not accept any invitations henceforth. The Duke was appointed Captain General of the Royal Marines on 2nd June 1953, in succession to the late King George VI.

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The Duke of Edinburgh arrived at the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace and took his position on the dais for the Royal Salute and the National Anthem. Afterwards, he met representatives from the runners’ contingent, including two Royal Marines who have completed the entire 1664 miles. The Duke also met veterans and cadets before returning to the dais to receive the 1664 Global Challenge baton. The Parade concluded with a march past, a Royal Salute and three cheers for the Captain General. ‘For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow’ was played as the Duke went back into the Palace.

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