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32 Vintage Photos Of Prince Philip Looking SO Sharp

Those hats, though!
05/04/2017 10:14am ET

It’s official: Prince Philip is retiring. Buckingham Palace announced Thursday morning that starting this fall, the 96-year-old Duke of Edinburgh will stop carrying out public engagements.

When it comes to style recognition, Philip, who is best known for his one-liners, often takes a back seat to Queen Elizabeth II or younger British royals like the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

But just like his wife, Philip has always had a strong sense of style, whether on official occasions, during polo matches or, you know, hanging out with the Beatles. He was named one of GQ UK’s best-dressed men in Britain in 2014, but his dapper days go way further back.

Although we’ll be seeing less of this long-serving consort, we have plenty of opportunities to both honor him and take style major style inspiration from his life by way of these amazing vintage photos. Check out 32 of our favorite looks below.

1939
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Playing cricket with a popped collar.
1946
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Reviewing a group of sailors in Corsham.
1946
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In his Royal Navy uniform.
1947
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Looking sharp while playing cricket.
1947
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Announcing his engagement to then-Princess Elizabeth.
1948
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With Princess Elizabeth at a charity ball.
1950
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With Princess Elizabeth and their daughter Princess Anne after her christening ceremony.
1951
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With Princess Elizabeth at a square dance held in their honor in Ottawa.
1951
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With Princess Elizabeth and their children Prince Charles and Princess Anne.
1951
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With Princess Elizabeth on the way to British Columbia.
1952
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At a wedding in London.
1953
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With Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and Princess Anne.
1956
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With Queen Elizabeth II on a Nigerian tour.
1956
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During a polo game in Windsor Park.
1957
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With Queen Elizabeth II in Portugal.
1957
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Headed to the Royal Ascot with Queen Elizabeth II.
1961
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Rocking a tuxedo with President John F. Kennedy, Jackie Kennedy and the queen.
1964
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Practicing his bicycle polo technique.
1964
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Shaking hands with Beatles drummer Ringo Starr while George Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney look on.
1965
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With Prince Charles and Princess Anne skiing in Vaduz.
1966
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At an airport in Palm Springs.
1967
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Sailing off the Isle of Wight during the Cowes Royal Regatta.
1967
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With Queen Elizabeth II at the Manoel Theatre in Valleta, Malta.
1967
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Opening the Royal Winter Fair in a top hat.
1968
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Pointing out competitors at the Badminton Horse Trials to Queen Elizabeth II.
1972
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With Queen Elizabeth II in Balmoral, Scotland.
1982
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Rocking a straw hat like a boss.
1983
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At the Windsor Horse Show.
1986
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All decked out with Queen Elizabeth II in Nepal.
1990
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During a wet Derby Day.
1990
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At the Royal Windsor Horse Show. That belt!
1997
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Looking dapper while celebrating his golden wedding anniversary at The Royal Festival Hall.
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