Prince Philip, 99, steps out of retirement for rare appearance with Duchess of Cornwall

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Prince Philip made a rare appearance after his retirement as he handed over his historic Colonel-in-Chief title to Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.

The Duke of Edinburgh, who is 99, joked and laughed with an army bugler as he made the appearance on Wednesday, just days after attending Princess Beatrice’s wedding last Friday.

The Duke has handed over his role to Camilla after being associated with The Rifles for nearly 70 years and appeared at Windsor Castle, while Camilla was at Highgrove House in Gloucestershire.

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Lance Corporal Streetin, of Yeovil, who was with the Duke during the engagement said he is “very fit” for being 99.

He added: “In my lifetime I don't think I will ever do anything like this again. I don't think the Colonel-in-Chief will change again in the time I'll be doing it. So it's been a great honour to step in. Someone of his character, his charisma, you can't go wrong. That's what we like, we are all banter. And that's what he is.”

Prince Philip and The Queen's life in pictures as the Duke of Edinburgh turns 99

In June, Prince Philip posed alongside the Queen in a new photo to celebrate his 99th birthday as the couple remained in lockdown at Windsor Castle.

In the image, taken especially for the occasion, Queen Elizabeth II is seen wearing a gorgeous blue Angela Kelly dress decorated with a yellow floral print, which she has pinned the Cullinan V diamond brooch on to.

Birthday boy Philip chose to wear a smart pale blue shirt which he teamed with a pair of grey trousers, covering up with a dark blue blazer, which features large gold buttons.

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He also donned a red and black diagonal striped Household Division tie for the gorgeous photograph.

His birthday made him the third longest living member of the British Royal family, behind Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester who died in October 2004 aged 103 years and 309 days.

Philip has just over two years until he takes over second place, which is currently held by the Queen Mother, who died in March 2002 aged 101 years and 238 days.

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