The Duke of Edinburgh took part in a rare official public engagement today when he transferred his role as Colonel in Guns to the Duchess of Cornwall.
But Philip, who retired in 2017, was almost 100 miles away from his daughter-in-law Camilla, as both performed ceremonies on the occasion.
In the midst of extreme social distance, Philip, 99, was at Windsor Castle in Berkshire, while the Duchess was at Highgrove House in Gloucestershire.
The ceremony at Windsor Castle began when four The Band and Bugles of The Rifles buglers sounded the Rifles Assembly to signal the Duke's arrival.
Philip was then thanked by Deputy Colonel-General, Maj. Gen. Tom Copinger-Symes, for his 67 years of support for The Rifles and its developing and previous regiments.
The Duke of Edinburgh beckons today when he comes to Windsor Castle to transfer the ruler of the rifle
Prince Philip smiles at the rendition of the Colonel of Rifles at Windsor Castle this afternoon
The Duke takes part in a rare official public engagement in Windsor today when he takes over his role as colonel
The Buglers then sounded The Rifles Regimental Call, followed by the call "No More Parades" to mark the Duke's last ceremony as a colonel.
The royal expert Phil Dampier, who wrote the book Prince Philip: Wise Words and Golden Gaffes in 2012, tweeted today: “After health problems last winter, Prince Philip seems to be in top shape again. Continue to 100! & # 39;
Immediately afterwards in Highgrove, Camilla's arrival was marked by four Buglers of The Band and Bugles of The Rifles, which sounded The Rifles Assembly.
The Duchess was addressed by General Sir Patrick Sanders, the Colonel-in-Chief of the Rifles, who welcomed her as the new Colonel.
The Windsor ceremony started today when four Buglers from The Band and Bugles from The Rifles sounded The Rifles Assembly
During today's ceremony in Windsor, the Buglers The Rifles Regimental Call sounded, followed by the Call & # 39; No More Parades & # 39;
The Buglers then sounded The Rifles Regimental Call and The Advance, whereupon Camilla met the Buglers and a small group of The Rifles 4th Battalion before retiring for an audience with General Sanders.
Philip was recently pictured with the Queen in Windsor on the occasion of his 99th birthday on June 10th and at the wedding of Princess Beatrice last Friday.
He was last seen at a major event when he was a guest at Lady Gabriella Windsor's wedding in May 2019. The ceremony this afternoon is Philipp's first engagement in over a year.
In June 2019, he held an audience when he received General Sir Nicholas Carter, who gave up his appointment as Colonel-in-Chief of the Rifles.
JULY 17, 2020: The Duke of Edinburgh with the Queen after the wedding of Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, who stood socially distant in front of the Royal Chapel of All Saints at the Royal Lodge in Windsor last Friday
JUNE 6, 2020: The Queen and Prince Philip pose in the square at Windsor Castle to mark Philip's 99th birthday on June 10
MAY 18, 2019: The Duke of Edinburgh is sharing a joke with the Duke of Sussex as they depart from St. George & # 39; s Chapel at Windsor Castle last year after the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston
DECEMBER 24, 2019: Prince Philip leaves King Edward VII's hospital in London on Christmas Eve last year after being treated for an "existing condition". Buckingham Palace described his stay as a "precaution". Philip left the hospital after four nights and traveled to Sandringham to spend Christmas with the Queen
MAY 11, 2019: Philip and the Queen take their place in the Royal Box for the Royal Windsor Horse Show Festival last year
MAY 9, 2019: The Duke of Edinburgh drove a carriage at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Berkshire last year
MAY 7, 2019: The Duke rarely occurs at a royal engagement and accompanies the Queen and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough over lunch to Order of Merit members at Windsor Castle
On August 2, 2017, he carried out his last official commitment when he retired from public service. Camilla was appointed Royal Colonel of the 4th Rifle Battalion in 2007 and will continue to hold this position.
Philipp's connections to the rifles go back to 1953 when he was appointed colonel of the Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh).
He has held the position for successive regiments that make up The Rifles and has been Colonel of the Rifles since its inception in 2007.
Camilla was appointed royal colonel of the 4th Rifle Battalion in 2007.
What has Prince Philip done in the past 18 months? Duke's recent appearances showed up when he had a rare engagement at Windsor Castle
The Duke of Edinburgh retired almost three years ago after decades of royal service. The 99-year-old Philip was busy, kept the audience, attended royal weddings and met new family members.
He survived a car accident in early 2019 and remained unscathed when his vehicle overturned after crashing into another one carrying two women and a baby.
The Duke has lived with the Queen at Windsor Castle in the HMS Bubble for 18 weeks – the nickname given to the couple's reduced budget with dedicated staff during the closure.
As Philip briefly retires this afternoon to perform a rare official public engagement, here's a look at what he's been doing for the past year and a half:
- January 17 – The Duke is involved in a car accident when the Land Rover Freelander he drives tips over after hitting another vehicle with two women and a baby near the Sandringham estate.
- January 19 – Just two days after the accident, photos of Philip driving a Land Rover without a seat belt appeared in Sandringham.
- January 27 – It turns out that the Duke wrote to passenger Emma Fairweather and wishes her "a speedy recovery from a very stressful experience".
- February 9 – Buckingham Palace announces that Philip has voluntarily given his driver's license "after careful review".
- February 14 – Prosecutors confirm that the Duke will take no further action in connection with the accident.
- April 19 – Philip becomes the third oldest king in British history and overtakes Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, who was 97 years and 10 months old when she died in 1981.
- May 7 – The Duke rarely occurs at a royal engagement and accompanies the Queen and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough over lunch to Order of Merit members at Windsor Castle.
- May 8 – Philip is pictured with his new great-grandson Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, the son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
- May 9 – The Duke drives a carriage at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
- May 11 – Philip and the Queen and Duke of Sussex take their place in the royal box for the horse show festival.
- May 16 – Philip welcomes Martin Palmer, Secretary General of the Alliance of Religions and Conservation, to Windsor Castle.
- May 18 – The Duke looks good as he attends Lady Gabriella Windsor's wedding at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
- June 10 – Philip turns 98.
- June 21 – The Duke holds an audience with General Sir Nicholas Carter, who gives up his appointment as Colonel-General of the Rifles.
- November 20 – The Queen and Philip reach their 72nd wedding anniversary and spend the day separately with the monarch in London and the Duke in Sandringham. On the same day, the Duke of York resigned from his royal duties amid the Epstein scandal.
- December 20 – The Duke is admitted to King Edward VII's hospital in central London for treatment for an "existing condition." Buckingham Palace calls his stay a "precaution".
- December 24 – Philip leaves the hospital after four nights and travels to Sandringham to spend Christmas with the Queen.
- March 19 – The Duke travels from Sandringham to Windsor Castle to stay with the Queen before the nation is banned during the coronavirus pandemic.
- April 20 – In his first important statement since his retirement, Philip praised key employees, including garbage and postal workers, who kept important services running.
- June 10, 2020 – The Duke turns 99 and is photographed with the Queen to celebrate the occasion.
- July 17 – The Duke attends his granddaughter Princess Beatrice's secret lockdown wedding.
- July 22 – In his first official engagement in over a year, Philip will attend a ceremony in Windsor to hand over his role as Colonel in Guns to the Duchess of Cornwall, who will be in Highgrove.
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