Photos capture a smiling Prince Philip, hours before his retirement was announced

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 03: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh speaks to John Stephenson as he opens the new Warner Stand at Lord's Cricket Ground on May 3, 2017 in London, England. The Duke of Edinburgh is an honorary Life Member of Marylebone Cricket Club. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool /Getty Images)

Rumors spread Wednesday that Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh had passed away. The longtime husband to Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II is 95 years old. Throughout his life, Philip has been known for his rambunctious personality, off the cuff remarks and the occasional public gaffe. Now he will live out his final years in peace.

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Shortly before the announcement, Prince Philip was on hand for the opening of Warner Stand at Lord’s, a recently refurbished cricket arena in London.

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“Today is a landmark moment for the club and we are very grateful to His Royal Highness for joining us to celebrate the official opening of the Warner Stand,” Marylebone Cricket Club official Robert Ebdon said in a statement to the press.

“This truly outstanding facility will be enjoyed by visitors to Lord’s for many years to come.”

Photos of the appearance show Prince Philip laughing and joking around, while inspecting the cricket stand.

(Photo by Arthur Edwards – WPA Pool /Getty Images)
(Photo by Arthur Edwards – WPA Pool /Getty Images)

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