Prince Philip, 99, steps out of retirement for Windsor military handover
The Duke of Edinburgh will transfer his role as Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles to Camilla
The Duke of Edinburgh is to take part in a rare official engagement, stepping out of retirement at the age of 99 for a military ceremony at Windsor Castle.
Prince Philip, who retired in 2017, will mark the transfer of his role as Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles to his daughter-in-law the Duchess of Cornwall.
The ceremony on Wednesday will begin at Windsor Castle, where the Queen and Duke have been living in isolation since the beginning of lockdown.
There, four buglers from The Band and Bugles of The Rifles will sound The Rifles Assembly call as the Duke arrives, in what will be a very rare “live” public engagement since his retirement in 2017.
Although he has been seen at private family occasions including the wedding of his grandchildren, his small number of official duties have been confined largely to private audiences with an occasional photograph released.
Describing the short engagement, Buckingham Palace said: “The Assistant Colonel Commandant, Major General Tom Copinger-Symes, will offer the salute and thank The Duke of Edinburgh for His Royal Highness’ 67 years of support and service to The Rifles, and their forming and antecedent Regiments.
“The Buglers will then sound The Rifles Regimental Call, followed by the ‘No More Parades’ call, to mark The Duke of Edinburgh’s final ceremony as Colonel-in-Chief.”
From there, proceedings will move to Highgrove House where the Duchess of Cornwall will accept the honour, welcomed by The Rifles’ Colonel Commandant, General Sir Patrick Sanders, as the new Colonel-in-Chief.
The Duke has been Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles since its formation in 2007, but has served as Colonel-in-Chief of successive regiments which now make up The Rifles since 1953.
The Duchess of Cornwall was appointed Royal Colonel of 4th Battalion The Rifles in 2007.