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The Duke of Edinburgh has made a rare public appearance for a unique ceremony to hand over a military role to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

The 99-year-old was in high spirits and waved at photographers as he arrived at Windsor Castle to transfer his role as colonel-in-chief of The Rifles to his daughter-in-law.

Prince Philip is making the appearance nearly 100 miles apart from Camilla as they both carry out ceremonies to mark the occasion.

Prince Philip arriving for the ceremony
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Prince Philip, 99, arriving for the ceremony

The duchess accepted the honour during the second half of the ceremony at her Gloucestershire home of Highgrove.

During the ceremony at Windsor, Philip was thanked for his 67 years of support for The Rifles by Assistant Colonel Commandant, Major General Tom Copinger-Symes.

Four buglers from the Band and Bugles of The Rifles were standing to attention when the duke arrived on the steps of the Equerries’ Entrance.

The Duke of Edinburgh appeared in high spirits as he made a rare public appearance
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The Duke of Edinburgh appeared in high spirits as he made a rare public appearance

Philip has been closely associated with The Rifles for almost 70 decades and its earlier regiments, and was appointed Colonel-in-Chief of The Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh’s) in 1953.

The Queen’s consort, who retired from public duties in 2017, was last seen at a big event when he was a guest at Lady Gabriella Windsor’s wedding in May 2019.

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Today’s ceremony marks his first engagement in more than a year. In June 2019, he held an audience when he received General Sir Nicholas Carter who was relinquishing his appointment as Colonel Commandant of The Rifles.

In August 2017, he carried out his final official engagement as he retired from public duties.

Camilla was appointed Royal Colonel of 4th Battalion The Rifles in 2007 and will continue to hold this position.

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