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Prince Philip Makes a Rare Return to Royal Duties


Prince Philip Makes a Rare Return to Royal Duties

The 99-year-old royal passed one of his titles on to daughter-in-law Duchess Camilla.

  • Prince Philip made a rare public appearance Wednesday to celebrate his final ceremony as the current Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles.
  • The Duke of Edinburgh passed his title on to daughter-in-law Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
  • The rare appearance followed the duke’s attending Princess Beatrice’s surprise wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi last week.

Prince Philip has returned to royal duty!

Though the 99-year-old royal retired from public duties in 2017, he made a rare appearance today for a special ceremony at Windsor Castle, where he and Queen Elizabeth II have been quarantining during the coronavirus pandemic. The royal’s special return to the public spotlight was for an official transfer of his title as Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles to his daughter-in-law, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, wife of Prince Charles.

Per People, buglers from the Band and Bugles of the Rifles helped welcome and soundtrack the Duke of Edinburgh’s arrival for his final ceremony as Colonel-in-Chief, a role he’s held since the infantry regiment’s formation in 2007. The ceremony then continued on at Highgrove House, where Camilla was welcomed with an official “Rifles Assembly” and greeted by Rifles’ Colonel Commandant General Sir Patrick Sanders to initiate her as the new standing Colonel-in-Chief.