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Posted on Thursday 24th November

The Queen has formally presented the Duke of Edinburgh with the title and office of Lord High Admiral of the Navy to mark his 90th birthday.

The Duke was given the post on his birthday in June but has now received the letters patent as the holder of the title, watched by the Queen.

Prince Philip had reached the rank of commander before stepping down from his naval career in 1951 in order to support his wife in her duties as sovereign.

The event, held yesterday at Admiralty House in Whitehall, was hosted by Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, the First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff.

The Queen and Duke were shown a display of precision drumming by five members of the Royal Marines Corps of Drummers and also attended a reception for senior naval officers and ordinary servicemen.

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