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Prince Philip: Reliving some of the Duke of Edinburgh's most memorable west London visits

After Buckingham Palace announced the Duke of Edinburgh will stop carrying out public engagements, we take a look at some of his visits to west London

Buckingham Palace has announced Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh , is stepping down from Royal duties.

The 95-year-old will cease participating in public engagement this autumn , it was revealed on Thursday (May 4) morning.

Here, we take a look at some of HRH’s many visits to west London.

Harrow Youth Organisations

The Duke has been a long-standing supporter of youth organisations(Image: jomieszkowski)

Less than a year ago, the Duke made one of his last public appearances in the area when he visited two Harrow youth organisations in his role as London’s Youth patron.

Prince Philip has been London’s Youth patron since 1948 and was visiting 50 youth clubs in the capital since his first visit 60 years ago.

During his visit to Ignite Trust and Cedars Youth and Community Centre on June 29, 2016, he heard and saw the impact that high quality youth work can have on young people’s development.

Battle of the Somme Centenary

A day later, on June 30, Prince Philip joined his wife The Queen for a special Westminster Abbey service to mark the Battle of the Somme centenary .

It was part of an all-night vigil held at the Abbey, the first in 50 years, and saw the Queen lay a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior.

Opening of Terminal 1

The Queen and Duke at Heathrow airport where she opened the new Terminal building in 1969

The Queen and Prince Philip have paid many a visit to Heathrow Airport over the years.

Here the royal couple can be seen at the grand opening of the new Terminal 1 building in May 1969.

The terminal closed permanently in June 2015.

Chelsea Flower Show

The royal visit to the Chelsea Flower Show is one of the highlights on west London’s calendar.

Each year, they are shown around the show, set in the historic Royal Hospital Chelsea, before it opens to the general pubic.

In 2015, it was very much a family affair , with Prince Harry, Prince Charles and Camilla all attending with the Queen and Duke.

RAF Northolt Parade

Prince Philip on inspection duties

RAF Northolt is a place close to Prince Philip’s heart, and he attended a squadron parade at the air base in March 2015 .

It is used by the Queen and Prime Minister, and the Duke is the Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Northolt.

He used the visit to present a new Standard to the 32 (The Royal) Squadron.

Around 60 RAF Northolt personnel took part in the parade, which saw the old Standard marched off. They were then presented with the new Standard by Prince Phillip, who also inspected the parade.

New Terminal 2

Going back to the close connection between Heathrow and the Royal family , the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh opened the new Terminal 2 in June 2014.

It is named Queen’s Terminal in honour of her majesty and saw the royal party welcomed by Catherine Dann, mayor of Hillingdon, Colin Matthews, CEO of Heathrow Airport, Sir Nigel Rudd, chairman of Heathrow Airport, and John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow development director and CEO designate.

Northwood Visit

The Queen and Prince Philip visited Northwood on Thursday (May 6) afternoon to officially open a new military base used to plan and co-ordinate operations in Afghanistan.

Her Majesty, who is head of the armed forces, toured the home of the Permanent Joint Headquarters , in Sandy Lane, arriving with the Duke of Edinburgh, in May 2010.

Zoroastrian association visit

Prince Philip helped the Harrow-based Zoroastrian association celebrate 150 years in October 2011.

He was wrapped in a shawl - the highest honour for a guest - during the visit. Zoroastrianism is a religion founded by the prophet Zoroaster.

During the visit the Duke said: “I’m delighted to join you in this celebration of 150 years of this organisation.

"I have heard what a tremendous contribution the Zoroastrians have made to this country, even before 150 years ago. It’s a remarkable record.

“I do congratulate you on what you have achieved over the last 150 years. One hundred and fifty years is peanuts: I hope you’re still here in 2,000 years’ time.”

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