WINDSOR, England (Reuters) – Prince Philip, the 99-year-old husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, made a uncommon public look on Wednesday handy over his patronage of the Rifles to Prince Charles’s spouse, Camilla, after 67 years of affiliation with the infantry regiment.
A former naval officer famend for his generally brusque method and humor, Philip married Elizabeth in 1947, 5 years earlier than she turned queen. He’s now by far the longest-serving consort of any British monarch.
Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has been colonel-in-chief of the Rifles since its formation in 2007 however his connection to the regiment stretches again to 1953 as he has served as colonel-in-chief of successive regiments which make up the Rifles.
In a ceremony at Windsor Fortress, west of London, 4 buglers introduced Philip’s arrival after which sounded the “No Extra Parades” name to mark his closing ceremony as colonel-in-chief.
A sprightly Philip, carrying a go well with and tie and at instances smiling, chatted to soliders forward of the ceremony.
At a parallel ceremony at Highgrove Home, practically 100 miles (160 km) away in western England, Rifles’ Colonel Commandant Normal Sir Patrick Sanders welcomed Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, as the brand new colonel-in-chief.
Writing by Man Faulconbridge; enhancing by Stephen Addison
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