Former naval cadet who became Britain’s longest-serving consort to enjoy a fitting farewell with tribute to royal marines

The Duke of Edinburgh ends 65 years of public engagements on Wednesday with a naval-themed event – a fitting finale for the former cadet who caught the eye of a teenage princess then sealed his destiny by marrying her.

Now 96, the longest-serving consort in British history will carry out his 22,219th – and final – solo engagement, before enjoying a more relaxed diary.

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