The 96 year old husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth decides it’s time to hang his boots.
Prince Philip will make his 22,219th (and final) solo public engagement. He will be meeting Royal Marines who have completed a 1,664-mile trek to raise money for charity.
Prince Philip has given 5,496 speeches, written 14 books and gone on 637 solo visits overseas.
Most of the health issues he has are related to sports. He has arthritis in his right wrist and broke a bone in his ankle from playing polo. He also developed a rheumatic condition of the tendon in the hand after a taking a fall in polo.
“I’m discovering what it’s like to be on your last legs,” the 96-year-old Prince Philip confessed. “There is nothing like it for morale to be reminded that the years are passing, ever more quickly and that bits are beginning to drop off the ancient frame. But it is nice to be remembered at all.”