PRINCE PHILIP, DUKE OF EDINBURGH
UNITED KINGDOM

PRINCE PHILIP MET WITH THE RIFLES REGIMENT AT WINDSOR CASTLE

In a rare new public engagement, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has been succeeded as Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles Regiment by The Duchess of Cornwall, in a ceremony which took place at both Windsor Castle and Highgrove House.

Following social distancing rules, Prince Philip and The Duchess of Cornwall were not together for the handoff of the Colonel-in-Chief appointment.

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For the engagement, Prince Philip wore the regimental tie of The Riffles.

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The Duke of Edinburgh’s arrival was marked by four Buglers, who are members of The Rifles’ military band.

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His Royal Highness met with The Assistant Colonel Commandant of the Rifles, Major General Tom Copinger-Symes.

Prince Philip has been Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles since its formation in 2007 and has served as Colonel-in-Chief of successive Regiments which now make up The Rifles since 1953. Today, they are the largest infantry Regiment in the British Army.

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The Duke was thanked for his 67 years of service and support to the Regiment, before the Buglers sounded the ‘No More Parades’ call, marking His Royal Highness’ final ceremony as The Rifles’ Colonel-in-Chief.

The Duke of Edinburgh was wished, “fair winds and following seas” (an old Naval term) as he was thanked for his 67 years of service to the Rifles Regiment.

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Meanwhile, at Highgrove House, The Duchess of Cornwall was greeted by a Bugle call, and was welcomed by the Regiment’s Colonel Commandant as The Rifles’ new Colonel-in-Chief.

The Duchess has close links with the Regiment, and has served as Royal Colonel of its fourth Battalion since 2007.

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