Britain's Prince Philip, 99, hands over military role to Camilla

London - By Bill Smith, - Britain's Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, handed over a ceremonial military role on Wednesday to his daughter-in-law, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.

Philip, 99, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, has attended few engagements since announcing his retirement from most public duties in May 2017.

He made a rare appearance on Wednesday to pass his role as colonel-in-chief of the rifles regiment, which he has held for nearly 70 years, to Camilla, the wife of Prince Charles.
Philip completed his part of the handover ceremony in the grounds of Windsor Castle, the queen's main residence outside London, while Camilla was at her home in Highgrove House, about 160 kilometres away.
Philip had been the ceremonial head of the Rifles, now Britain's largest army regiment, and its predecessors since 1953, the royal family said.
"The Duke [of Edinburgh] was thanked for his 67 years of service and support to the regiment, before the buglers sounded the ‘No More Parades’ call," Buckingham Palace tweeted.
The 94-year-old queen has also handed over some royal duties to her eldest son and heir, Prince Charles.
The queen and Philip left Buckingham Palace for Windsor in April as a "sensible precaution" amid the coronavirus pandemic, the royal family said.
They plan to move to another royal residence, Balmoral Castle in Scotland, early next month for their customary summer holiday.
"The queen and the Duke Of Edinburgh plan to move to Balmoral Castle in early August to commence their annual summer stay," a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said on Wednesday.
"All arrangements will be in line with the relevant [coronavirus social distancing] guidelines and advice.
Philip is the oldest and the longest-serving consort in British history, described by the queen as her "constant strength and guide."

Wednesday, July 22nd 2020
By Bill Smith,

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