Is Prince Philip REALLY retiring? Royal butler reveals Duke's actual plans

Britain's Prince Philip to retire this week

The 1664 challenge raises money for The Royal Marines Charity.

He was also met with cheers as he was handed the Challenge baton.

While the Guardian hit upon a story idea of the secret plan in place for when the Queen eventually dies, called "London Bridge is Down", The Independent has put out a broad plan on what happens when Prince Philip dies.

The gaffe was made ahead of the 96-year-old's final official royal engagement and farewell from public life on Wednesday evening.

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Philip "may choose to attend engagements alongside the queen from time to time", a spokeswoman said, while stressing that the 91-year-old monarch was not retiring. He has given almost 5,500 speeches, made more than 600 overseas trips and served as patron for almost 800 organizations.

The Duke announced that he planned to step down from official duties earlier this year, though it is assumed that he will still be seen by the public, attending public events in an unofficial capacity when he wishes.

Lieutenant Colonel Gary Green, who devised the charity event said: "It's an honour for the Armed Forces having the Duke of Edinburgh's last public engagement with the Corps and the Royal Navy".

Prince Philip's last day on the job didn't get off to the best start, courtesy of a report on the Daily Telegraph's website this morning claiming that he was dead.

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Prince Philip may undertake certain events with the Queen on occasion in support of her.

Although Prince Philip is in his late 90s, he remains in relatively good health, despite a few minor surgeries within the past few years and arthritis in his right hand developed from playing polo.

In November 2017, Prince Philip and the Queen will mark their 70th wedding anniversary.

The Telegraph published a pre-written piece with the headline "HOLD HOLD HOLD Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, dies aged XX".

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They have four children and eight grandchildren.

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