Gun salutes across UK mark Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh’s death
Gun salutes have been fired across the UK, in Gibraltar and at sea to mark the death of the Duke of Edinburgh at the age of 99.
Buckingham Palace said Prince Philip died peacefully in his sleep at Windsor Castle on Friday, April 9 – two months before his 100th birthday, leaving the Queen and the royal family “mourning his loss”.
Saluting batteries began firing 41 rounds at one round every minute from midday on Saturday, April 10 in cities including London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast, as well from Royal Navy warships.
Ships taking part included HMS Diamond, HMS Montrose and HMNB Portsmouth, while the Royal Gibraltar Regiment joined the salute from the British overseas territory, the Ministry of Defence said.
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The public were encouraged to observe the gun salutes, which are fired to mark significant national events, on television or online, rather than gathering in crowds to watch outside.
Details of the Duke’s funeral, due to take place at St George’s Chapel, are also expected to be released this weekend – but the ongoing coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England will affect plans.
Philip, described by the Queen as her “constant strength and guide”, was known to have wanted a minimum of fuss at his funeral.
An online book of condolence was opened on the Royal Family’s official website for the public to post personal tributes, while a steady stream of mourners left flowers outside both Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle on Friday.
The Palace asked members of the public not to gather in crowds at Royal Residences, and express their condolences “in the safest way possible”.