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Prince Philip is to step out of his royal retirement almost three years after he bowed out of public office, it has been announced. On Wednesday, the Duke of Edinburgh is set to take part in a poignant engagement, which will see him tranferring his role as Colonel-in-Chief of The Riflles to another senior member of the Royal Family, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. 

The engagement will take into account social-distancing measure and will not see Prince Philip and Camilla come into close contact. 

In fact, the ceremony of the transfer of this title will stretch across England.

As confirmed by Buckingham Palace, the engagement will begin at Windsor Castle, where the Duke has been self-isolating since March 19. 

There, four Burglers from The Band and Bugles of The Rifles will play the Rifles Assembly call upon the arrival of Prince Philip, who has been their Colonel-in-Chief since 2007. 

This engagement will likely be quite emotional for the Duke of Edinburgh, as he will not only see himself giving up to this role but also being praised for his work with The Rifles and their predecessor, The Regiment, over the past six decades. 

Assistant Colonel Commandant Major General Tom Copinger-Symes will be the one paying tribute to the continous support Prince Philip has given to the Rifles and The Regiment since 1953. 

During the ceremony, the Major Captain will offer his salute to the Duke and thank him. 

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The four Buglers will then play The Rifles Regimental Call, followed by the No More Parades call, which will mark the end of the final ceremony of Prince Philip as their Colonel-in-Chief.

The engagemment will then continue at Highgrove House, in Tetbury, where Camilla and Prince Charles are currently staying. 

There, the Buglers are to play again The Rifles Assembly to mark her arrival to the COVID-secure ceremony. 


General Sir Patrick Sanders, The Rifles’ Colonel Commandant, will then address the Duchess of Cornwall and welcome her as the new Colonel-in-Chief. 

Camilla and Sir Patrick are set to have a private meeting on the day – but only after the Buglers will have ended the ceremony playing The Rifles Regimental Call and The Advance. 

The Duchess is also to meet the Buglers and a small party from the 4th Battallion The Rifles. 

The Rifles is an infantry regiment part of the British Army formed in 2007 following the merge of four Regiments.  

The group took part in campaigns during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and it consists of five Regular and three Reserve battalions, plus a number of companies in other Army Reserve battalions.  

While Prince Philip has been close to The Rifles and the Regiments before it since the year of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, Camilla was appointed Royal Colonel of the 4th Battallion The Rifles in 2007. 

The Duke of Edinburgh officially stepped down as full-time working royal on August 2 2017, when he carried out his last royal duty in the backyard of Buckingham Palace. 

Ever since, the prince has been rarely seen in public and mostly to attend family events such as the Royal Weddings of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, Jack Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie and Lady Gabriella and Thomas Kingston. 

Last Friday, the Duke of Ediburgh stepped out of self-isolation to attend the private wedding of Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. 


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