Duke of Edinburgh Supports Marines In Final Official Engagement

The Duke of Edinburgh conducted his final official public engagement this morning in the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace. As Captain General of the Royal Marines, he attended a parade to mark the finale of the 1664 Global Challenge, a widespread fundraising campaign taking place this year. Prince Philip stepped out in the rain for the parade in a classic bowler hat, bringing an end to a career of military and public service that extends 75 years.

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Hats off to you, sir. Your retirement is well deserved.

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13 thoughts on “Duke of Edinburgh Supports Marines In Final Official Engagement

  1. As this comment has been attributed to a courtier speaking about Queen Mary, he was overheard to say “you will never see her like again” and we won’t see anyone perform the royal job with the style and dedication as Prince Philip did.

  2. A man who has been a stalwart member of the royal family. He has found controversy over the years but he has stood by his wife, walked his two steps behind and been the reality check the Queen welcomed. I wish him well and good health as he steps down into retirement!!

  3. The end of an era in my Royal watching. I will miss seeing The DofE as often as we do now. The bowler tops it all off!

  4. So glad the DoE’s final official engagement happened with a hat! Philip looked great in the bowler, and it was an excellent choice of hat for the weather. The colorful striped tie and khaki raincoat also helped lighten this whole ensemble, and in my opinion made the bowler seem like a more natural choice and less costumey (as they often can seem). Bravo!

  5. I salute this wonderful gentleman. He exudes that British style that so many try and miss. If only his coat could talk,,,what wonderful stories it would tell.

    Yes, please, a hat retrospective would be fascinating. I cannot recall a time he ever got it wrong.

  6. Seems somehow fitting that his last engagement should have been in the rain. A debonair man of physical courage and endurance, barbed wit, and probably a very profound sense of duty. A certain zest will disappear with his retirement, which I hope is a satisfying and comfortable one. And yes, no one wears a top hat or a bowler like His Royal Highness.

  7. Hats off to the Duke of Edinburgh, we shall certainly miss seeing him!

    And bravo to you, HatQueen, for putting together such a great sequence of photos!

  8. I WISH PRINCE PHILIP THE BEST OF HEALTH IN THE FIRST PLACE AND THEN A VERY RELAXING RETIREMENT TIME. THANK YOU
    PRINCE PHILIP FOR ALL YOU OFFERED TO THE UNITED KINGDOM AND THE WORLD.
    ANNA S. GERAKIS

  9. Love the pictures with the bowler hatband bow on the side. Looks like it rained on his parade though! I too hope he enjoys his retirement from public duties and can enjoy his hobbies. Good wishes for a job well done.

  10. A bowler hat is so wonderfully British! He looks great in it. Philip looks fantastic for 96, and I hope he enjoys his “retirement.”
    HQ, would your followers enjoy a retrospective of his hats? I’d be glad to help you, if I can.

    • In the 21st century, there are very few men who can carry off a bowler. This is one of them.

      And I’m voting in favor of the hat retrospective!

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