Prince Philip retires from public duties at age 96

Prince Philip, the world's longest serving royal consort, has performed his last solo public duty, retiring at the age of 96.

The Duke of Edinburgh leaves a legacy of tens of thousands of public engagements and thousands of international trips.

Doffing his hat for a final time, Prince Philip bowed out of public duty to the tune of 'For He's A Jolly Good Fellow'.

Fittingly, he closed the doors on his career with a parade for Royal Marines. His ceremonial ties to them date back to when he himself was a young naval commander, and his wife a princess.

He's been married to the Queen for nearly seven decades and is the only person on the planet who can hurry her majesty, by snapping: "Yak yak yak, come on, get a move on".

"The Queen is more reserved and shy, whereas Prince Philip is very open and has got this lovely sense of humour which I think the public enjoy - so he's a great sort of icebreaker," says Charles Anson, former secretary to the Queen.

Prince Philip has always been quite blasé about his role, once saying: "Any bloody fool can lay a wreath at the thingamy."

He's the man who brought you gems like, "You look like a suicide bomber" to a female officer, and, "Do you work in a strip club?" to a young cadet.

"Do you still throw spears to Australian aboriginals?" he once joked about cannibalism in Papua New Guinea, and called a 13-year-old too fat to be an astronaut.

The list goes on and on, earning the Duke of Edinburgh yet another title: The Prince of Gaffes.