All the best to His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and our Brother, as he completes his final official Royal engagement this afternoon when he attends a charity parade by the Royal Marines at Buckingham Palace. After a lifetime of non-stop public service, he is retiring from performing royal duties today at the spry age of 96. He has been at the side of Queen Elizabeth for more than sixty years.
HRH Prince Philip was initiated into Navy Lodge No. 2612 in 1952, and remains a dues paying member to this day. Navy Lodge has a storied past and an amazing roster of famous luminaries appear upon its membership rolls. The Lodge prides itself on being the premier Naval Lodge in the world, with an unparalleled history that encompasses four monarchs (HM Kings Edward VII, Edward VIII, George VI and George II of the Hellenes) and other members of the Royal Family (HRH Prince George, Duke of Kent; HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh); three winners of the Victoria Cross; more Admirals, Generals, Vice-Admirals and Senior officers to mention; as well as notables such as Shackleton, Scott of the Antarctic and many more.
The lodge meets in Freemasons' Hall, Great Queen Street, London on the first Friday in January, March, May, October and December.