Three cheers, a wave and he’s off - but not before making one last inappropriate remark: Prince Philip jokes with Marines as he carries out his 22,220th - and FINAL - official public engagement

Prince Philip, 96, has retired from official royal engagements in his own inimitable style by joking with Royal Marines they should be 'locked up' for their madcap fundraising efforts.
As a former Royal Navy officer Philip's last public solo event, after more than 65 years championing his own causes and charities, fittingly featured men from the Royal Marines, an integral part of the Navy.
But from the demeanour of the Queen's Consort you would never have guessed he was retiring after carrying out 22,219 solo engagements since 1952.
The Duke of Edinburgh waved warmly to the crowds, acknowledging their cheers and was described as 'chirpy' by a senior officer.
Wearing a bowler hat and rain coat the Duke did not let a heavy downpour affect his final day which was staged in Buckingham Palace's forecourt.
The event marked the end of the 1664 Global Challenge, which recognises 1664, the year the Royal Marines were founded, and has seen marines push themselves to the limit with a series of physical exploits in aid of the Royal Marines Charity. 
Three cheers, a wave and he’s off - but not before making one last inappropriate remark: Prince Philip jokes with Marines as he carries out his 22,220th - and FINAL - official public engagement Three cheers, a wave and he’s off - but not before making one last inappropriate remark: Prince Philip jokes with Marines as he carries out his 22,220th - and FINAL - official public engagement Reviewed by Alexander Von Stern on 10:13:00 Rating: 5