With the announcement from Buckingham Palace that the Duke of Edinburgh will retire from public engagements this autumn, we looked back at his last visit to North Devon.

HRH Prince Philip takes the salute from Chivenor troops as they march through Barnstaple this morning.HRH Prince Philip takes the salute from Chivenor troops as they march through Barnstaple this morning.

The Duke of Edinburgh will retire from public engagements this autumn.

Buckingham Palace announced Prince Philip’s decision this morning, which has not been taken for medical reasons and has the full support of the Queen.

How the story appeared in the Gazette back in 2011.How the story appeared in the Gazette back in 2011.

Prince Philip last visited North Devon in 2011, where he was present at the homecoming parade of Chivenor’s Commando Logistic Regiment to celebrate their safe return from Aghanistan.

Cheered and clapped by literally thousands of people, plus children from local schools, the troops made their way from Taw Vale, along the High Street and around to the Strand, where a sea of jubilant spectators greeted them.

In full combat battledress, Prince Philip took their salute.

Standing beside him at the time was the then Mayor of Barnstaple, Councillor Ian Roome and Sir Nick Harvey, who was Armed Forces Minister and North Devon MP.

The troop parade through Barnstaple in November 2011 and a royal visit by Prince Philip.The troop parade through Barnstaple in November 2011 and a royal visit by Prince Philip.

They were joined by the Lord Lieutenant of Devon Eric Dancer and the Commander General of the Royal Marines.

Cllr Roome said: “He said Barnstaple was a really nice place and he seemed genuinely appreciative and interested in the regiment and what they had done.

“He had some great stories to tell. I think him retiring will leave a big hole in the royal engagements.”

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