06 August 2017

Royalty, retiring

Vanity Fair has an article by Josh Duboff about the retirement of Prince Phillip:

Earlier this week, Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, made his final public appearance at a commemorative parade, after serving in an official capacity for sixty-four years. While he may show up from time to time alongside the Queen at events, if he so desires, he will not be making any solo appearances. (“Finally, now I have time to watch this Younger show I keep hearing about with that Hilary Duff in it!” we are sure were his first words upon returning to the palace afterward.)
To mark the occasion, the Royal Mint is celebrating with a special Prince Philip coin. The £5 coin (above) features Philip’s face on one side and the Queen’s on the other (the Queen’s face isn’t there just for the romantic flourish of having the partners on either side but, because the Queen’s face must be on all coinage). On Philip’s side of the coin are the words Non sibi sed patriae, which translates to “not for self but country” in Latin (not to “Prince George is my great-grandson, y’all,” as we’d been hoping).
Prince Charles himself arrived to help make the coins when he visited the Royal Mint in Wales last month. “We are particularly delighted that the Prince of Wales struck the very first of the coins that will celebrate the contribution that the Duke of Edinburgh has made to public life,” Royal Mint Chief Executive Adam Lawrence said.
As People points out, while Philip receiving his own coin is not particularly out of the ordinary, given it is “standard fare for milestone royal occasions”, there is a sweet sort of resonance here, as Philip served as the president of the Royal Mint Advisory Committee for 47 years, stepping down from that role in 1999.
Rico says he's been a great partner for the Queen, and will be missed.

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