Prince Charles says his ‘dear papa’ Prince Philip would be ‘deeply touched’ by sorrow at his death

Prince Charles today paid tribute to his ‘dear Papa’ as he spoke for the first time following news of his father Prince Philip’s death yesterday morning.

In a recorded video message, the Prince of Wales said his father had given ‘the most remarkable, devoted service’ to ‘The Queen, to my family and to the country’, as well as the Commonwealth. 

The Duke of Edinburgh was, he said, a ‘very special person’ who would have been ‘deeply touched’ by the sorrow felt by millions of people in Britain and across the world at news of his passing. 

He said he would miss his father ‘enormously’ and added that his family were ‘deeply grateful’ for the condolences offered, which he said would ‘sustain us’ at this ‘particularly sad time’. 

Prince Charles finished his message by simply saying: ‘Thank you’. 

His words followed emotional tributes paid by his brother Prince Edward and the younger man’s wife the Countess of Wessex earlier on Saturday.   

Due to coronavirus restrictions, the Prince of Wales was the only member of the Royal Family who had been able to visit Prince Philip during his four-week stay in hospital, which ended last month. 

Charles’s video message comes after he was last night seen leaving Windsor Castle, where his mother the Queen remains following Prince Philip’s death yesterday morning. 

A source close to Charles said he was ‘comforted’ by the fact he and his father had been in touch more regularly than ever in recent weeks and months – and that they ‘had said all the things that needed to be said’. 

Friends were at pains to point out that the relationship between father and son was also warmer than it had ever been.   

One said: ‘The idea that their relationship was strained, certainly in recent years, couldn’t have been further from the truth. And that’s an important thing to remember in all that is being written.

‘There was genuine love, affection and understanding there. Which is all anyone holds dear at the end.’

Buckingham Palace today announced that Philip’s ceremonial royal funeral will take place on April 17 in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, and a national minute’s silence will be observed as it begins at 3pm. The funeral will be broadcast around the world.

In a previously recorded tribute to his father, Philip’s youngest son Prince Edward told ITV: ‘My parents have been such a fantastic support to each other during all those years and all those events and all those tours and events overseas. To have someone that you confide in and smile about things that you perhaps could not in public.

‘To be able to share that is immensely important.’   

As artillery in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Gibraltar earlier joined Royal Navy warships in firing 41 rounds in 41 minutes to pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, it also emerged:    

  • Prince Philip spent his final days at Windsor, enjoying the fresh air and spring sunshine, before becoming gravely ill on Thursday night. Her Majesty was with him when he died on Friday morning;
  • Buckingham Palace on Saturday announced that Philip’s ceremonial royal funeral will take place on April 17 in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, and a national minute’s silence will be observed as it begins at 3pm;
  • Royals are facing a dilemma over who to invite to the funeral due to Covid rules restricting numbers to 30;
  • Prince Harry has spoken to his father the Prince of Wales and cousins Beatrice and Eugenie after Philip’s death and plans return to Britain – but pregnant Meghan Markle is expected to stay in California;
  • Philip’s funeral could be Harry’s chance to repair ‘deep damage’ caused by Oprah interview, royal experts say;
  • The Duke of Cambridge has withdrawn from this weekend’s Bafta awards ceremony as he mourns his grandfather;
  • Stars of football, cricket and rugby wore black armbands and held two-minute silences in memory of sports mad Duke of Edinburgh; 
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not attend the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral to allow for the attendance of as many family members as possible during coronavirus restrictions, No 10 said tonight; 
  • The EFL have announced that all matches scheduled for 3pm next Saturday will be moved to avoid clashing with Prince Philip’s funeral 

Prince Charles today paid tribute to his ‘dear Papa’ as he spoke for the first time following news of his father Prince Philip’s death yesterday morning

Speaking from his Gloucestershire home Highgrove, Prince Charles said in his message: ‘I particularly wanted to say that my father, for I suppose the last 70 years, has given the most remarkable, devoted service to The Queen, to my family and to the country, but also to the whole of the Commonwealth.

‘As you can imagine, my family and I miss my father enormously. He was a much loved and appreciated figure and apart from anything else, I can imagine, he would be so deeply touched by the number of other people here and elsewhere around the world and the Commonwealth, who also I think, share our loss and our sorrow.

Charles’ full tribute to his father Prince Philip 

Speaking from his Gloucestershire home Highgrove, Prince Charles said on Saturday: ‘I particularly wanted to say that my father, for I suppose the last 70 years, has given the most remarkable, devoted service to The Queen, to my family and to the country, but also to the whole of the Commonwealth.

‘As you can imagine, my family and I miss my father enormously. He was a much loved and appreciated figure and apart from anything else, I can imagine, he would be so deeply touched by the number of other people here and elsewhere around the world and the Commonwealth, who also I think, share our loss and our sorrow.

‘My dear Papa was a very special person who I think above all else would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him and from that point of view we are, my family, deeply grateful for all that. 

‘It will sustain us in this particular loss and at this particularly sad time. Thank you.’

‘My dear Papa was a very special person who I think above all else would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him and from that point of view we are, my family, deeply grateful for all that. 

‘It will sustain us in this particular loss and at this particularly sad time. Thank you.’

Charles travelled to Windsor Castle to comfort the Queen in the hours after Philip died peacefully in his sleep.

During Philip’s last – and longest – hospital stay, Charles had paid a visit to see him at King Edward VII’s Hospital in London in February.

Charles – the Queen and Philip’s eldest son – was not always thought to have had the easiest of relationships with his father.

Philip himself recognised that they were different in their outlook on life, once having said: ‘He’s a romantic and I’m a pragmatist. That means we see things differently.

‘And because I don’t see things as a romantic would, I’m unfeeling.’

Charles had followed in his father’s footsteps by attending Cheam school in Berkshire and then Gordonstoun in Scotland.

But whereas Philip flourished amid Gordonstoun’s outdoors-focused regime, Charles hated it and was bullied by the other boys.

But Charles’s biographer, Jonathan Dimbleby, also said Charles recalled much happiness in his childhood and believed his father had tried his best.

He remembered how Philip had patiently taught him to make models, and how he had read Longfellow’s Hiawatha to him.

In a BBC programme on Friday evening, all four of Philip’s children paid tribute to him as someone who had encouraged and supported them. 

A tearful Countess of Wessex today paid tribute to the ‘amazing’ Queen as the monarch began her life without Prince Philip, her ‘strength and stay’ throughout their 73-year marriage and her 68-year reign.

Sophie, 56, and her husband Prince Edward, 57, left Windsor Castle with their windows down as they showed their appreciation to mourners who had gathered to lay flowers after Philip’s death yesterday aged 99. 

The scenes have been repeated at other royal residences including Buckingham Palace, where well-wishers – some dabbing their eyes – waited patiently to lay flowers – which were then removed by officials enforcing government directives to stay at home.  

Charles's video message comes after he was last night seen leaving Windsor Castle, where his mother the Queen remains following Prince Philip's death yesterday morning

Charles’s video message comes after he was last night seen leaving Windsor Castle, where his mother the Queen remains following Prince Philip’s death yesterday morning 

A source close to Charles said he was 'comforted' by the fact he and his father had been in touch more regularly than ever in recent weeks and months - and that they 'had said all the things that needed to be said'. Pictured: Charles with his father in 2016

A source close to Charles said he was ‘comforted’ by the fact he and his father had been in touch more regularly than ever in recent weeks and months – and that they ‘had said all the things that needed to be said’. Pictured: Charles with his father in 2016

The Countess of Wessex today left Windsor Castle with her window wound down to show her appreciation to well wishers who have gathered at Windsor Castle follow the death of the Duke of Edinburgh

The Countess of Wessex today left Windsor Castle with her window wound down to show her appreciation to well wishers who have gathered at Windsor Castle follow the death of the Duke of Edinburgh

Prince Harry will travel to the UK to be with his family for the service, but his wife Meghan has been ‘advised not to travel’ by her doctor, the Palace confirmed tonight.

Rosa Wlodarczyk adjusts a photograph of the Duke of Edinburgh displayed alongside the nave at Westminster Abbey in London, which has been dressed in black to mark his death

Rosa Wlodarczyk adjusts a photograph of the Duke of Edinburgh displayed alongside the nave at Westminster Abbey in London, which has been dressed in black to mark his death

 

Members of the Honourable Artillery Company fire during a 41-round gun salute for Prince Philip from the wharf at the Tower of London held at Midday today

Members of the Honourable Artillery Company fire during a 41-round gun salute for Prince Philip from the wharf at the Tower of London held at Midday today

The Duke of Edinburgh's coffin will be transported in a ceremonial procession to his funeral on a Land Rover (pictured above) which he helped to design. Land Rover said they built the special vehicle from a Td5 130 model after a 45-minute meeting with Prince Philip at Sandringham

The Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin will be transported in a ceremonial procession to his funeral on a Land Rover (pictured above) which he helped to design. Land Rover said they built the special vehicle from a Td5 130 model after a 45-minute meeting with Prince Philip at Sandringham

The Union Jack was seen flying at half mast above Buckingham Palace as the sun set on Saturday evening

The Union Jack was seen flying at half mast above Buckingham Palace as the sun set on Saturday evening

The Wessexes and Prince Andrew have been supporting their mother the Queen, 94, at Windsor today as she grieves for her ‘rock’.

Sky News correspondent Rhiannon Mills spoke to Sophie as she left Windsor, and reported the royal ‘had tears in her eyes’ as she said through her car window ‘the Queen has been amazing’ when asked how Her Majesty was coping.

Queen ‘was at Philip’s bedside when he died’ 

The Queen is thought to have been at the bedside of her ‘beloved husband’ of 73 years Prince Philip when he passed away ‘peacefully’ at Windsor Castle yesterday. 

Though palace officials declined to ‘go into any specifics’ about the nature of his passing, it is understood his frail condition worsened overnight on Thursday and that insiders had warned he was ‘gravely ill’. However, any talk of whisking the elderly duke to hospital was reportedly quickly dismissed by the Queen.

Philip, who recently spent a month being treated for an infection and a pre-existing heart condition, is thought to have died suddenly and unexpectedly, but peacefully in the company of his dear ‘Lilibet’. The Telegraph reported that the duke had wanted to pass away ‘in his own bed’ and ‘on his own terms’.

One well-placed source told the paper: ‘He spent most of the four weeks he was in hospital trying to get home. 

‘They operated on his heart in a bid to give him a little longer, maybe with the 100th birthday in mind. 

‘But he didn’t really care about that.’ 

They added: ‘There is no way he would have wanted to die in hospital.’

The bouquets, flowers, cards, Union Flags and balloons left by mourners were being moved away by staff almost as soon as they were left – but royal aides insisted they would all be saved and looked at by the Royal Family inside the grounds of Windsor and Buckingham Palace. 

The Duke of Edinburgh‘s coffin was in Her Majesty’s private chapel of worship at their Berkshire home and was set to be moved to the nearby Albert Memorial Chapel later on Saturday, where he will rest during seven days of national mourning ahead of his hugely scaled-back funeral next Saturday. 

The Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin will be transported in a ceremonial procession to his funeral on a Land Rover he helped to design.

The purpose-built car was specially modified so it could carry a coffin.

Philip’s coffin will be draped in his personal standard, a wreath of flowers and his naval cap and sword.

It will be followed by the Prince of Wales and other senior Royals on foot. 

The Queen has decided that the Royal Family will enter two weeks of mourning and mourning bands will be worn by its members. 

The entire funeral will take place within the grounds of Windsor Castle. 

Public elements of Operation Forth Bridge – the codename for the Duke’s funeral plans – were abandoned for fear of drawing crowds, including long-held arrangements for military processions through London and Windsor. 

The custom Land Rover is a fitting tribute to Philip – the nation’s longest consort – who was known for his practical skills and his enduring interest in design and engineering. 

The decision to carry Philip in the custom-built car comes after he is said to have told the Queen: ‘Just stick me in the back of a Land Rover and drive me to Windsor.’ 

The vehicle will process slowly through the grounds of Windsor Castle ahead of the duke’s funeral on Saturday at St George’s Chapel.

A bearer party from the Grenadier Guards will place the coffin on the Land Rover at the state entrance of the castle, before the vehicle begins the eight-minute journey – at walking pace – to the west steps of the chapel.

It will be flanked by pall bearers reflecting the duke’s special relationships with the military – the Royal Marines, Regiments, Corps and Air Stations.

Immediately behind the Land Rover, the Prince of Wales and other members of the royal family, likely to be the duke’s other children and some of his grandchildren, will proceed on foot.

The Land Rover’s poignant role in the funeral proceedings always formed part of Operation Forth Bridge – the codename given to the plans following Philip’s death. 

A senior Palace official added: ‘The Duke of Edinburgh had a hand many years ago in the design of these vehicles.’ The official added that there were two Land Rovers for ‘belt and braces’.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not attend the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral to allow for the attendance of as many family members as possible during coronavirus restrictions, No 10 said on Saturday. 

The Queen’s youngest child Prince Edward was the first to arrive to support his mother again today, having made the short trip from his Surrey home. 

Prince Andrew, who lives in Windsor Castle’s grounds, was also seen arriving after 10am. Prince Charles stayed with the Queen until late last night.   

Palace security have even put up signs urging people not to congregate, but waves of mourners are still arriving to pay their respects to Her Majesty’s devoted husband, who dedicated his life to public service and supporting her.

Well-wishers, all respecting social distancing and wearing masks, laid their tributes and briefly stood to pay their respects, with some wiping away tears or quietly singing hymns before returning home.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex arrive at Windsor Castle to join the Queen today. Prince Edward was the first to arrive

The Earl and Countess of Wessex arrive at Windsor Castle to join the Queen today. Prince Edward was the first to arrive 

Prince Andrew arrives at Windsor Castle to visit his mother the Queen, as she mourns her husband Prince Philip today

Prince Andrew arrives at Windsor Castle to visit his mother the Queen, as she mourns her husband Prince Philip today

Crew members of the HMS Montrose firing a 41-round gun salute to to mark the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, in Duqm, Oman

Crew members of the HMS Montrose firing a 41-round gun salute to to mark the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, in Duqm, Oman

The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery also fired to mark the passing of Philip, at their historic Parade Ground, Woolwich Barracks. The same guns were also fired for Philip's wedding to the Queen in 1947 and at her Coronation six years later in 1953

The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery also fired to mark the passing of Philip, at their historic Parade Ground, Woolwich Barracks. The same guns were also fired for Philip’s wedding to the Queen in 1947 and at her Coronation six years later in 1953

Charles - the Queen and Philip's eldest son - was not always thought to have had the easiest of relationships with his father. Pictured: The pair in 2016

Charles – the Queen and Philip’s eldest son – was not always thought to have had the easiest of relationships with his father. Pictured: The pair in 2016

Philip is expected to be laid to rest in the Royal Vault during his private family funeral at St George’s Chapel next Saturday, stripped back due to Britain’s ongoing lockdown, with only 30 relatives able to attend. 

Britons are being warned to stay at home and watch on TV to avoid spreading coronavirus.

His grandson Prince Harry is expected to return to the UK and be among the small number of mourners at the funeral, but his heavily pregnant wife Meghan will not accompany him following medical advice. 

A Palace source told the Sun: ‘I’m sure Charles will be very happy to see his son. It’s been more than a year. The Prince is very much looking forward to seeing him.’ 

Philip’s last message to Charles: ROBERT JOBSON reveals bedside heart-to-heart where the frail Duke advised his son how to lead the Royal Family in the years ahead 

With his life drawing to a close, a frail Duke of Edinburgh had just three important things to say when he asked to see his eldest son in hospital a few weeks ago. 

In an emotional bedside conversation, the Duke advised Prince Charles on caring for the Queen when he was gone, and on how Charles should lead the Royal Family through the years ahead.

And, fully aware he was unlikely to recover after weeks in hospital, the 99-year-old expressed a wish to go finally home, a Palace source revealed. He wanted to die in his own bed, behind the walls of Windsor Castle.

This heart-to-heart marked not just the ending of a long and successful era, a changing of the guard, but a much-changed relationship between father and son, too.

For after a lifetime of well-publicised disagreement, it is understood that the Duke and Charles have found much common ground in recent years, and particularly in the past few months.

Like so many fathers and sons with sharp minds and forthright beliefs, they had frequent clashes – often on questions such as organic and genetically engineered food production.

The Queen is understood to have been at his bedside when he slipped away yesterday morning after becoming gravely ill late on Thursday, according to the Daily Telegraph. 

Separate sources referenced by the Mail on Sunday suggested the Duke died peacefully in his sleep and was found by his valet early on Friday morning. 

The Duke’s en-suite bedroom, which was linked to the Queen’s by a dressing room, overlooked Windsor Castle’s East Terrace Garden, where his wife had grown vegetables during the war and which Philip himself redesigned in the 1970s. 

A gun salute rang out around the world today in honour of Prince Philip.

Royal Navy warships fired 41 shots over 40 minutes from midday in unison with batteries across the UK and Gibraltar after similar events in his beloved Commonwealth.

Gun salutes have been fired to mark significant national events since as early as at least the 18th century. 

They were used to mark the deaths of Queen Victoria in 1901 and Winston Churchill in 1965. 

Crowds gathered on Tower Bridge to watch members of the Honourable Artillery Company fire their cannons from the Tower of London as shots also echoed around the capital from the historic barracks seven miles away at Woolwich, finishing at 12.40pm precisely.

HMS Diamond, a 8,000-tonne destroyer dubbed ‘the jewel in the naval crown, set sail from Portsmouth on Friday with her flag at half mast and held its gun salute in the Channel in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh, a celebrated sailor and war hero.

She is the modern successor to the destroyers Philip served on during the Second World War as part of his 14-year naval career. HMS Montrose, a Type 23 Frigate, fired her 4.5 inch main gun from Oman in the Gulf, where she is based.

On land ‘Solemn’ 41-shot salutes took place from the wharf at the Tower of London, in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh as well as from Naval bases in Portsmouth, Plymouth and the Rock of Gibraltar.

The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired on the Parade Ground at the historic Woolwich Barracks using the same guns also fired for Philip’s wedding to the Queen in 1947 and at her Coronation six years later in 1953.

An artillery salute had already taken place at Parliament House in Adelaide this morning, with similar commemorations repeated across the Commonwealth.   

The Queen’s youngest child Prince Edward was the first to arrive to support his mother again on Saturday, having made the short trip from his Surrey home. 

Prince Andrew, who lives in Windsor Castle’s grounds, was also seen arriving after 10am. Prince Charles stayed with the Queen until late last night.   

Palace security have even put up signs urging people not to congregate, but waves of mourners are still arriving to pay their respects to Her Majesty’s devoted husband, who dedicated his life to public service and supporting her.

Well-wishers, all respecting social distancing and wearing masks, laid their tributes and briefly stood to pay their respects, with some wiping away tears or quietly singing hymns before returning home.

Philip is expected to be laid to rest in the Royal Vault during his private family funeral at St George’s Chapel next Saturday, stripped back due to Britain’s ongoing lockdown, with only 30 relatives able to attend. 

Britons are being warned to stay at home and watch on TV to avoid spreading coronavirus. 

Details about Prince Philip’s ‘peaceful’ death have emerged, with his wife of 73-years understood to have been at his bedside when he slipped away yesterday morning after becoming gravely ill late on Thursday, according to the Daily Telegraph.   

A couple embrace each other as they watch mourners laying tributes, which were quickly removed by officials

A couple embrace each other as they watch mourners laying tributes, which were quickly removed by officials 

Crowds of onlookers watch the scene at Buckingham Palace today during the first full day of mourning for the prince

Crowds of onlookers watch the scene at Buckingham Palace today during the first full day of mourning for the prince 

Well-wishers watch as members of the Household Cavalry mark the passing of Prince Philip outside Buckingham Palace today

Well-wishers watch as members of the Household Cavalry mark the passing of Prince Philip outside Buckingham Palace today 

A security official stands alongside a sign requesting the public not to leave floral and other tributes to Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh outside Buckingham Palace, after his death yesterday

A security official stands alongside a sign requesting the public not to leave floral and other tributes to Britain’s Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh outside Buckingham Palace, after his death yesterday

A truck delivers scaffolding to the Henry VIII Gate at Windsor Castle, where Philip's funeral is expected to take place next Saturday

A truck delivers scaffolding to the Henry VIII Gate at Windsor Castle, where Philip’s funeral is expected to take place next Saturday 

The Duke has repeatedly voiced his wish for a small-scale ceremony rather than a state occasion, although this would be unlikely anyway due to Covid restrictions

The Duke has repeatedly voiced his wish for a small-scale ceremony rather than a state occasion, although this would be unlikely anyway due to Covid restrictions 

But despite the warnings, still the mourners come, with these children sent by their parents to lay a bouquet together at the palace

But despite the warnings, still the mourners come, with these children sent by their parents to lay a bouquet together at the palace

Soldiers from a mounted regiment salute as they pass Windsor Castle, where Philip will rest until his funeral in a week's time

Soldiers from a mounted regiment salute as they pass Windsor Castle, where Philip will rest until his funeral in a week’s time

Mourners came to Buckingham Palace through the night and as dawn broke to lay flowers for Prince Philip, who died yesterday aged 99

Mourners came to Buckingham Palace through the night and as dawn broke to lay flowers for Prince Philip, who died yesterday aged 99

Elaine and Maya Jamieson from Berkshire, leave flowers outside Windsor Castle this morning, where the Duke's coffin is resting in his wife's private chapel

Elaine and Maya Jamieson from Berkshire, leave flowers outside Windsor Castle this morning, where the Duke’s coffin is resting in his wife’s private chapel

Flowers continue to be laid at the gates at the top of Windsor's famous Long Walk despite warnings to stay away due to Covid restrictions

Flowers continue to be laid at the gates at the top of Windsor’s famous Long Walk despite warnings to stay away due to Covid restrictions

A mother and her two daughters lay flowers outside Windsor Castle on Saturday afternoon following the news that Philip had died the day before

A mother and her two daughters lay flowers outside Windsor Castle on Saturday afternoon following the news that Philip had died the day before

Buckingham Palace has staff who are moving tributes into the palace as they arrive, and are sweeping away squashed or dead blooms this morning

Buckingham Palace has staff who are moving tributes into the palace as they arrive, and are sweeping away squashed or dead blooms this morning

People outside Buckingham Palace today holding a painting of the Duke of Edinburgh as others who have come to pay their respects walk in the background

People outside Buckingham Palace today holding a painting of the Duke of Edinburgh as others who have come to pay their respects walk in the background

Philip’s funeral could be Harry’s chance to repair ‘deep damage’ caused by Oprah interview, royal experts say – as Duke of Sussex ‘speaks to Charles, Beatrice and Eugenie ‘

Prince Philip’s funeral could be Harry’s chance to repair the ‘deep damage’ caused by his and Meghan’s bombshell Oprah interview, royal experts said today – as the Duke of Sussex spoke to senior members of the Royal Family ahead of his expected return to Britain.

The Duke of Sussex is said to be making arrangements for his first trip home since the pair quit royal life and moved out to California, while Meghan is expected to skip the journey and stay in their California home as she is pregnant with the couple’s second child.

Penny Junor told MailOnline: ‘My hope is that if something good can come out of the Duke’s death it will be that it brings the family together. But clearly there is a lot of hurt there on all sides, and I imagine they will all be feeling apprehensive about seeing one another again.

‘With luck, their desire to support the Queen and pull together for her sake, which I am sure is what the Duke would have wanted, will win the day.’

Meanwhile, Richard Fitzwilliams, said a ‘show of unity’ was vital for repairing relations after the ‘very damaging’ Oprah revelations, as he pointed to the strong relationship between Harry and his grandfather.

‘Harry will undoubtedly want to be there and this might start a process which helped to heal the current royal rift,’ he said. ‘His grandfather would undoubtedly welcome it if the monarchy, the institution he spent his life supporting, was strengthened as a result of the start of a reconciliation which began after his death.’

It came as sources said that Harry has already spoken to family members including Prince Charles, Beatrice and Eugenie. The source told The Mirror: ‘He said he wants to be with everyone and was already making arrangements to come home.’

Yesterday, the couple paid a short tribute to Prince Philip following news of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death.

In a post on their Archwell website, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex paid tribute to his grandfather with the two line message: ‘Thank you for your services… You will be greatly missed.’

 

Windsor resident Craig Truter and his children were among those who left tributes to the Duke of Edinburgh at Cambridge Gate.

His sons Ranger, 6, and Bale, 4, laid hand-made paper crowns with the initials HRHPP (His Royal Highness Prince Philip). 

Mr Truter said his children had made the crowns ‘as a sign of respect’ for the duke, and they saw members of the royal family ‘quite frequently’.

He added that his family had been ‘lucky enough’ to have been among the members of the public invited inside the castle grounds during the wedding of Princess Eugenie in 2018.

At the Queen’s central London home, guards in red could be seen marching in the courtyard as a slow but steady stream of people arrived to lay bouquets at the front gates.

Nikoletta Peto visited the palace shortly after 9am.

Ms Peto, 39, who is originally from Hungary said: ‘I have lived here for 15 years and I felt like it’s important to give a flower to someone who is so respected and who has done so much for this country.

‘So definitely I wanted to come, even though because of Covid I was shielding for over a year.’

She added: ‘I felt like I have to do it because I think it is how it should be.’  

Rebecca Connoll laid some flowers with her five-year-old son Harvey.

She said: ‘My husband’s in the Army, he’s in the Household Cavalry, so he does a lot of big events with the royal family.

‘So we just thought we’d come and pay our respects.’

She added: ‘We watched it on the news yesterday and we watch a lot of the royal things, we come down and watch the parades, he knows quite a lot about the royal family.’ 

The Queen is thought to have been at the bedside of her ‘beloved husband’ of 73 years Prince Philip when he passed away ‘peacefully’ at Windsor Castle yesterday.

The Duke of Edinburgh, the nation’s longest-serving consort, died in his private apartment just two months and a day before what would have been his 100th birthday.

Though palace officials declined to ‘go into any specifics’ about the nature of his passing, it is understood his frail condition worsened overnight on Thursday and that insiders had warned he was ‘gravely ill’. However, any talk of whisking the elderly duke to hospital was reportedly quickly dismissed by the Queen.

Philip, who recently spent a month being treated for an infection and a pre-existing heart condition, is thought to have died suddenly and unexpectedly, but peacefully in the company of his dear ‘Lilibet’. The Telegraph reported that the duke had wanted to pass away ‘in his own bed’ and ‘on his own terms’.

One well-placed source told the paper: ‘He spent most of the four weeks he was in hospital trying to get home.   

‘They operated on his heart in a bid to give him a little longer, maybe with the 100th birthday in mind. But he didn’t really care about that.’ 

They added: ‘There is no way he would have wanted to die in hospital.’  

Crowds of people arrive at Buckingham Palace in London on Saturday afternoon to pay their respects to Prince Philip

Crowds of people arrive at Buckingham Palace in London on Saturday afternoon to pay their respects to Prince Philip 

People holding flowers and cards for Philip queue outside Buckingham Palace to leave their tributes to the duke

People holding flowers and cards for Philip queue outside Buckingham Palace to leave their tributes to the duke

A mourner in a beret and mask arrived after 7am to pay her respects despite advice not to travel due to Covid restrictions

A mourner in a beret and mask arrived after 7am to pay her respects despite advice not to travel due to Covid restrictions

A woman gestures as she sings next to tributes left in honor of Britain's Prince Philip in front of Buckingham Palace

A woman gestures as she sings next to tributes left in honor of Britain’s Prince Philip in front of Buckingham Palace

A worker clears away the tributes, which are being taken  inside the royal palaces where Philip's family and aides will look at them

A worker clears away the tributes, which are being taken  inside the royal palaces where Philip’s family and aides will look at them

Windsor Castle staff stood silently at the entrance today as Britain mourns Prince Philip for a second day

Windsor Castle staff stood silently at the entrance today as Britain mourns Prince Philip for a second day

Carriagemen pause and pay their respects to Prince Philip, a man who was an accomplished horseman, polo player and carriage racer

Carriagemen pause and pay their respects to Prince Philip, a man who was an accomplished horseman, polo player and carriage racer

The flag at half mast at Buckingham Palace at dawn today, as Britain continues a period of eight days of mourning

The flag at half mast at Buckingham Palace at dawn today, as Britain continues a period of eight days of mourning

The Duke of York drove himself (pictured) to support Her Majesty minutes, arriving shortly after his brother Edward

The Duke of York drove himself (pictured) to support Her Majesty minutes, arriving shortly after his brother Edward 

Gun salute for Prince Philip: Artillery in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Gibraltar join Royal Navy warships in firing 41 rounds in 41 minutes

A gun salute rang out around the world today in honour of Prince Philip who died yesterday aged 99, with Royal Navy warships firing 41 shots over 40 minutes from midday in unison with batteries across the UK, Gibraltar and in his beloved Commonwealth.

Crowds gathered on Tower Bridge to watch members of the Honourable Artillery Company fire their cannons from the Tower of London as shots also echoed around the capital from the historic barracks seven miles away at Woolwich, finishing at 12.40pm precisely.

HMS Diamond, a 8,000-tonne destroyer dubbed ‘the jewel in the naval crown, set sail from Portsmouth on Friday with her flag at half mast and in the Channel held its gun salute in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh, a celebrated sailor and war hero.

She is the modern successor to the destroyers Philip served on during the Second World War as part of his 14-year naval career. HMS Montrose, a Type 23 Frigate, fired her 4.5 inch main gun in the Gulf, where she is based.

On land ‘Solemn’ 41-shot salutes took place from the wharf at the Tower of London, in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh as well as from Naval bases in Portsmouth, Plymouth and the Rock of Gibraltar.

The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired on the Parade Ground at the historic Woolwich Barracks using the same guns also fired for Philip’s wedding to the Queen in 1947 and at her Coronation six years later in 1953.

An artillery salute has already taken place at Parliament House in Adelaide this morning, with similar commemorations repeated across the Commonwealth. 

In a short but poignant statement at noon, Buckingham Palace said: ‘It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

‘His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.’

As tributes poured in from around the world, the Palace’s focus was on the royal family’s aching personal bereavement.

‘They are a family in mourning,’ one official said last night.

Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, was seen leaving Windsor Castle hours after the news of his father’s passing. The Prince of Wales, 72, drove from his Highgrove Estate in Gloucestershire to the 94-year-old monarch’s Berkshire residence ahead of the public announcement of the duke’s passing.

Sitting in the front passenger seat of a silver Tesla, the prince looked on as he pulled away. It is not known whether Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, had accompanied him on what is their 16th wedding anniversary.

A source close to Charles said he was ‘comforted’ by the fact he and his father had been in touch more regularly than ever in recent weeks and months – and that they ‘had said all the things that needed to be said’.

The source said: ‘It is some small comfort today that the prince was in much more regular contact with his father in recent weeks and months than he otherwise might have been. 

‘He was the only family member who was able to visit him in hospital and he was at Windsor as recently as the week before last. They spoke a great deal.’ 

Friends were at pains to point out that the relationship between father and son was also warmer than it had ever been. One said: ‘The idea that their relationship was strained, certainly in recent years, couldn’t have been further from the truth. And that’s an important thing to remember in all that is being written.

‘There was genuine love, affection and understanding there. Which is all anyone holds dear at the end.’

There was no immediate personal reaction from the wider Royal Family, such was their grief. But in a previously recorded tribute to his father, Philip’s youngest son Prince Edward told ITV: ‘My parents have been such a fantastic support to each other during all those years and all those events and all those tours and events overseas. To have someone that you confide in and smile about things that you perhaps could not in public.

‘To be able to share that is immensely important.’

Recalling his humour ‘which always came through and the twinkle in his eye’, Edward added that he would remember his father ‘for what he has done in his public life for all the organisations he has supported and influenced’. Philip’s daughter Princess Anne told the broadcaster: ‘Without him life will be completely different.’ 

The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery also fired to mark the passing of Philip, at their historic Parade Ground, Woolwich Barracks. The same guns were also fired for Philip's wedding to the Queen in 1947 and at her Coronation six years later in 1953

The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery also fired to mark the passing of Philip, at their historic Parade Ground, Woolwich Barracks. The same guns were also fired for Philip’s wedding to the Queen in 1947 and at her Coronation six years later in 1953

The Death Gun Salute was fired by the 104th Regiment Royal Artillery to mark the passing of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Cardiff Castle

The Death Gun Salute was fired by the 104th Regiment Royal Artillery to mark the passing of Britain’s Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Cardiff Castle

Members of the 105th Regiment Royal Artillery fired their 41-round gun salute from Edinburgh Castle, high above the Scottish capital

Members of the 105th Regiment Royal Artillery fired their 41-round gun salute from Edinburgh Castle, high above the Scottish capital

On the dockside in Gibratar, the Royal Gibraltar Regiment fired their Death Gun Salute to celebrate the life of the Duke of Edinburgh

On the dockside in Gibratar, the Royal Gibraltar Regiment fired their Death Gun Salute to celebrate the life of the Duke of Edinburgh

How Prince Charles followed in his father’s footsteps by serving in the Royal Navy 

Whilst Prince Philip enjoyed a glittering military career in the Royal Navy which saw him Mentioned in Dispatches for his service in the Second World War, his eldest son Prince Charles also served in the Armed Forces.  

In March 1971, 22-year-old Charles  joined the Royal Air Force after gaining his private pilot’s licence a year earlier.

He gained his wings just five months later after completing a parachute jump.

Prince Philip was present to watch his son receive his wings at RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire.

Charles then entered the Royal Navy where he served on ships including the destroyer HMS Norfolk and the frigate HMS Minerva.

In June 1994, Prince Charles was at the controls when a Queen’s Flight jet aircraft crashed after overshooting the runway while coming into land at Islay in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides.

Three tyres burst on the £10million ‘Whisper Jet’, which also suffered damage damaging to its nose cone, landing gear and weather radar.

Fortunately, no one was injured.

Harry and Meghan posted a message on their website thanking the duke for his service. ‘You will be greatly missed,’ it read. The prince was last night said to be ‘likely’ to fly from his home in the US, although it is unclear whether his heavily pregnant wife will join him.

At around 10.40am there was a flurry of police activity at the castle before Prince Andrew, who lives closest at Royal Lodge on the Windsor estate, arrived at a back entrance to the Queen’s private apartments five minutes later. Then at 11.15am another family member, believed to be Prince Edward, arrived to console their devastated mother.

News of Philip’s death, after being confirmed by the on-call royal doctor and disseminated to members of the Royal Family, was relayed to the Prime Minister and relevant arms of government – via a simple message: ‘Forth Bridge is down’, the official codeword for the Duke of Edinburgh’s death. Around the country, Union flags began to be flown at half-mast and will remain so until after the funeral next Saturday.

Crowds of mourners left flowers in tribute to Prince Philip outside royal residences last night despite pleas by officials to stay away because of covid restrictions.

Thousands of members of the public arrived at Windsor Castle – where the Duke of Edinburgh passed away – over the course of the afternoon.

Hundreds stood in quiet reflection to look at floral tributes lined up outside the gates of Buckingham Palace.

At Sandringham, where the Duke spent much of his time after retiring from public life in 2017 until the onset of the pandemic, flowers, cards and poems were also left outside the main entrance to Sandringham House.

Mourners were seen in tears outside both the Palace and the castle – where bouquets began piling up in early afternoon despite the Cabinet Office and Royal Household requests not to lay flowers in view of the pandemic restrictions on non-essential travel and large gatherings.

With England gradually easing itself out of a national lockdown amid the Covid-19 crisis, officials are desperate to avoid crowds from forming on the scale of those seen when Diana, Princess of Wales died in 1997. Then, tens of thousands of bouquets were left at both Buckingham Palace and her former home, Kensington Palace.

A royal official stationed outside Windsor Castle urged mourners not to come with flowers, but said the floral tributes which had already been left would be moved inside the castle grounds, where the Royal Family could look at them.

Thousands of tributes were posted online with heartfelt words for Her Majesty – who was described by one well-wisher as having ‘lost the brightest jewel in her crown’.

Flags were flown at half-mast across the country while thousands flocked to Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle to leave flowers and mourn.  

But Palace officials and No10 encouraged the public not to congregate in large groups amid coronavirus restrictions, as mounted police asked people to obey socially distancing measures.

Gun salutes marking the death of the Duke of Edinburgh are to take place across the UK, in Gibraltar and at sea.

Saluting batteries will fire 41 rounds at one round every minute from midday in cities including London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast, as well as Gibraltar and from Royal Navy warships, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.

Gun salutes have been fired to mark significant national events since as early as at least the 18th century.

They were used to mark the deaths of Queen Victoria in 1901 and Winston Churchill in 1965.

Families gather at the gates of Windsor Castle at the top of the Long Lane, with one woman bowing her head in tribute

Families gather at the gates of Windsor Castle at the top of the Long Lane, with one woman bowing her head in tribute

A child leaves flowers at Windsor with a drift of spring daffodils behind her this morning

A child leaves flowers at Windsor with a drift of spring daffodils behind her this morning

Philip will be laid to rest on a Land Rover he helped to design: National minute’s silence will be held ahead of 3pm funeral next Saturday at St George’s Chapel – and Harry WILL be there but doctors tell Meghan NOT to travel

By Amie Gordon and James Gant for MailOnline 

A specially modified Land Rover, Naval procession and royal mourning: Prince Philip’s funeral details are released by palace 

  • 2.40pm: Coffin emerges from State Entrance of Windsor Castle

The duke’s coffin, accompanied by the Dean of Windsor and the Lord Chamberlain, will be moved to the State Entrance of Windsor Castle by a Bearer Party of The Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.

The coffin will emerge and the Bearer Party will place it onto a specially modified Land Rover, which Philip helped to design, to transport it to St George’s Chapel.

  • 2.45pm: The procession leaves for St George’s Chapel

The procession from the state entrance to the West Steps of the chapel will take eight minutes.

The Prince of Wales and members of the royal family will take part in the procession on foot, immediately behind the duke’s coffin, together with staff from Philip’s household.

The route of the procession will be lined by representatives drawn from the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the Highlanders, 4th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Royal Air Force.

Minute guns will be fired by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery from the east lawn of Windsor Castle for the duration of the procession, and the Curfew Tower Bell will toll.

  • 2.53pm: The Land Rover reaches the West Steps of the chapel

A Guard of Honour and Band from The Rifles will receive the coffin at the foot of the West Steps, with the national anthem being played as the coffin enters Horseshoe Cloister.

A bearing party of Royal Marines will carry the coffin up the steps and pause for the minute’s silence.

  • 3.00pm: National minute of silence

Following the minute’s silence, the Dean of Windsor, together with the Archbishop of Canterbury, will receive the coffin at the top of the West Steps.

In keeping with coronavirus guidelines to limit guests inside the chapel, most of the procession will not enter the chapel, except for members of the royal family, and the duke’s private secretary Archie Miller Bakewell.

The funeral service will begin as the coffin enters St George’s Chapel.

The country will hold a minute’s silence as the Duke of Edinburgh is carried to his funeral next week, on a specially-modified Land Rover he helped design.  

Buckingham Palace today announced that Prince Philip’s ceremonial royal funeral will take place on April 17 in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, and a national minute’s silence will be observed as it begins at 3pm. 

Prince Harry will travel to the UK to be with his family for the service, but his wife Meghan will remain at their home in California, having been ‘advised not to travel’ by her doctor, the Palace confirmed tonight. 

Official royal mourning will then take place for two weeks after the funeral.  

Only 30 people – expected to be the Duke’s children, grandchildren and other close family – will attend as guests, but the Duchess of Sussex has been ‘advised by her physician not to travel to the UK’ for the funeral.  

The announcement came as Prince Charles paid a poignant tribute to his father, describing his ‘dear Papa’ as a ‘very special person’ and ‘the most remarkable, devoted’ companion to the Queen in an emotional video released this evening. 

In a moving address, speaking without notes, the Prince of Wales said his father would have been ‘deeply touched’ by the sorrow felt by millions of people in Britain and across the world at news of his passing. 

He said he would miss his father ‘enormously’ and added that his family were ‘deeply grateful’ for the condolences offered, which he said would ‘sustain us’ at this ‘particularly sad time’. 

The Earl and the Countess of Wessex spent around an hour with the Queen at the castle on Saturday, with a tearful Sophie telling reporters as she left: ‘The Queen has been amazing.’ 

The Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin will be transported in a ceremonial procession to his funeral on a Land Rover he helped to design.

It is a fitting tribute to Philip, who was known for his practical skills and his enduring interest in design and engineering.

The purpose-built Land Rover was specially modified to carry a coffin in a project that the Duke helped with many years ago.

The vehicle will process slowly through the grounds of Windsor Castle ahead of the duke’s funeral on Saturday at St George’s Chapel.

A bearer party from the Grenadier Guards will place the coffin on the Land Rover at the state entrance of the castle, before the vehicle begins the eight-minute journey at walking pace to the west steps of the chapel.

It will be flanked by pall bearers reflecting the duke’s special relationships with the military – the Royal Marines, Regiments, Corps and Air Stations.

Immediately behind the Land Rover, the Prince of Wales and other members of the royal family, likely to be the duke’s other children and some of his grandchildren, will proceed on foot.

The Land Rover’s poignant role in the funeral proceedings always formed part of Operation Forth Bridge – the codename given to the plans following Philip’s death. 

A senior Palace official said: ‘The Duke of Edinburgh had a hand many years ago in the design of these vehicles.’ The official added that there were two Land Rovers for ‘belt and braces’.

The Queen has approved the Prime Minister’s recommendation of national mourning, which began on April 9 and runs until and including the day of the funeral. 

It is understood Meghan made every effort to be able to travel with Harry, who will be among the mourners, but has not received the medical clearance to board a plane.

Originally 800 people would have been due to gather to pay their respects to the nation’s longest serving consort, but Philip is known to have wanted a low key affair.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not attend the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral to allow for the attendance of as many family members as possible during coronavirus restrictions, No 10 said tonight.

The first guest confirmed by the palace was the duke’s private secretary, Archie Miller Bakewell, who has held the post for 11 years.

All public elements of the funeral have been cancelled, it will be televised but take place entirely in the grounds of the castle, the Palace said. 

The Queen has decided the royal family will enter two weeks of royal mourning, and engagements will continue appropriate to the circumstances, a senior royal official said.

Public elements of Operation Forth Bridge – the codename for the duke’s funeral plans – were abandoned for fear of drawing crowds including the long held arrangements for military processions through London and Windsor.

Instead, the proceedings will take place entirely in the grounds of Windsor Castle, televised, but away from public view and with no access for royal fans.

A statement on the official Royal Family Twitter page this evening read: ‘The plans for the funeral are in line with His Royal Highness’s own personal wishes. The occasion will recognise and celebrate The Duke’s life and more than 70 years of service to The Queen, the UK and the Commonwealth.’

The duke died peacefully in his sleep at Windsor Castle on Friday, two months before his 100th birthday, leaving the Queen and the royal family ‘mourning his loss’. 

The Duke of York arrived at Windsor on Saturday, while the Prince of Wales visited his mother there on Friday. Princess Anne left Windsor Castle accompanied by her husband and son Peter Phillips, after visiting her mother this afternoon. 

Gun salutes have been fired across the UK, in Gibraltar and at sea in tribute to the duke.

The Duke's Defender 130 Gun Bus: This Defender Gun Bus, built from a Td5 130, was commissioned by the Duke of Edinburgh in 2005. After a 45-minute meeting at Sandringham with the Duke this design was created, Land Rover said. It is understood this will be the vehicle that carries his coffin

The Duke’s Defender 130 Gun Bus: This Defender Gun Bus, built from a Td5 130, was commissioned by the Duke of Edinburgh in 2005. After a 45-minute meeting at Sandringham with the Duke this design was created, Land Rover said. It is understood this will be the vehicle that carries his coffin 

Prince Charles today paid tribute to his 'dear Papa' as he spoke for the first time following news of his father Prince Philip's death yesterday morning

Prince Charles today paid tribute to his ‘dear Papa’ as he spoke for the first time following news of his father Prince Philip’s death yesterday morning

The Countess of Wessex today left Windsor Castle with her window wound down to show her appreciation to well wishers who have gathered at Windsor Castle follow the death of the Duke of Edinburgh

The Countess of Wessex today left Windsor Castle with her window wound down to show her appreciation to well wishers who have gathered at Windsor Castle follow the death of the Duke of Edinburgh

Prince Harry will travel to the UK to be with his family for the service, but his wife Meghan has been ‘advised not to travel’ by her doctor, the Palace confirmed tonight.

Members of the Honourable Artillery Company fire during a 41-round gun salute for Prince Philip from the wharf at the Tower of London held at Midday today

Members of the Honourable Artillery Company fire during a 41-round gun salute for Prince Philip from the wharf at the Tower of London held at Midday today

The Queen is pictured with the Duke of Edinburgh in 2007 walking at Broadlands, Hampshire

The Queen is pictured with the Duke of Edinburgh in 2007 walking at Broadlands, Hampshire

Rosa Wlodarczyk adjusts a photograph of the Duke of Edinburgh displayed alongside the nave at Westminster Abbey in London, which has been dressed in black to mark his death

Rosa Wlodarczyk adjusts a photograph of the Duke of Edinburgh displayed alongside the nave at Westminster Abbey in London, which has been dressed in black to mark his death

Tearful mourners continued to gather outside the gates of Buckingham Palace this afternoon

Tearful mourners continued to gather outside the gates of Buckingham Palace this afternoon

Tearful mourners continued to gather outside the gates of Buckingham Palace this afternoon

 

Who could be invited to Prince Philip’s funeral? 

  1. The Queen
  2. Prince of Wales
  3. Duchess of Cornwall
  4. Princess Royal
  5. Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence
  6. Duke of York
  7. Earl of Wessex
  8. Countess of Wessex
  9. Peter Phillips
  10. Zara Tindall
  11. Duke of Cambridge
  12. Duke of Sussex
  13. Princess Beatrice
  14. Princess Eugenie
  15. Lady Louise Windsor
  16. Viscount Severn
  17. Duchess of Cambridge
  18. Mike Tindall
  19. Jack Brooksbank
  20. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
  21. Princess Alexandra
  22. Duke of Gloucester
  23. Duchess of Gloucester
  24. Duke of Kent
  25. Duchess of Kent
  26. Prince Michael of Kent
  27. Princess Michael of Kent
  28. Earl of Snowdon
  29. Lady Sarah Chatto
  30. Duke’s private secretary Archie Miller Bakewell

A No 10 spokesperson said: ‘As a result of the coronavirus regulations, only 30 people can attend the funeral of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

‘The Prime Minister has throughout wanted to act in accordance with what is best for the Royal household, and so to allow for as many family members as possible will not be attending the funeral on Saturday.’

The English Football League has also announced that all matches scheduled for 3pm next Saturday will be moved to avoid clashing with Prince Philip’s funeral. There are 32 games across the Championship, League One and League Two that were set to get underway at 3pm on the day of the funeral.

On the day of the funeral, the duke’s coffin, accompanied by the Dean of Windsor and the Lord Chamberlain, will be moved to the State Entrance of Windsor Castle by a Bearer Party of The Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards. 

On the grass in the Castle’s Quadrangle will be representative detachments drawn from Philip’s military special relationships.

The Quadrangle will also be lined by the Household Cavalry and The Foot Guards. The Band of the Grenadier Guards, of which Philip was Colonel for 42 years, will lead the procession to St George’s Chapel.

They will be followed by the Major General’s Party, and then the Service Chiefs, reflecting His Royal Highness’s close relationship with the military.  

The coffin, borne on the Land Rover, will be flanked by pallbearers drawn from the duke’s special relationships – the Royal Marines, regiments, corps and air stations.

The procession from the state entrance to the west steps of St George’s Chapel will take eight minutes.

The Prince of Wales and members of the royal family will take part in the procession on foot, immediately behind the duke’s coffin, together with staff from Philip’s household.

The route of the procession will be lined by representatives drawn from the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the Highlanders, 4th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Royal Air Force.

Minute guns will be fired by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery from the east lawn of Windsor Castle for the duration of the procession, and the Curfew Tower Bell will toll.

A Guard of Honour and Band from The Rifles will receive the coffin at the foot of the west steps, with the national anthem being played as the coffin enters Horseshoe Cloister.

In tribute to Philip’s Naval service, a Royal Naval Piping Party of 1 Chief Petty Officer and 5 Ratings will be present.

The piping party will pipe the ‘Still’ once the Land Rover is stationery at the foot of the steps.

Funeral could help Royals heal ‘tension’, says Cardinal

Coming together for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral could help heal any tensions between the royal family and the Duke of Sussex, a religious leader has said.

Harry laid bare his rift with members of his family during an interview in the United States with Oprah Winfrey last month. He is likely to fly in from his California home to attend his grandfather’s funeral, but it is not known if he will be joined by the Duchess of Sussex as she is pregnant.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, said gathering for Philip’s funeral could allow the family to have ‘a comparative bit of privacy’ together.

He told Times Radio: ‘I think there might be a bit of consolation in it for the royal family actually because it just gives them a chance to be close and to have a comparative bit of privacy. Obviously the whole ceremony will be watched by everybody but you think of the complexities of the dynamics in that family and we have to think of Harry, so far away. I’m sure he’ll come but not being, the whole time, in the public eye might just help.

‘Many a family gather and get over tension and broken relationships at the time of a funeral. Something very profound unites them all again. And that would be true for this family, I’m sure.’

A bearing party of Royal Marines will carry the coffin up the steps and pause for the minute’s silence. The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Dean of Windsor will then receive the coffin.

In keeping with coronavirus guidelines to limit guests inside the chapel, most of the procession will not enter St George’s, except for members of the royal family, and the duke’s private secretary Archie Miller Bakewell.

A Palace spokesman said: ‘This event will be much reduced in scale with no public access. 

‘In line with Government guidelines and public health measures, there will be no public processions and the duke’s funeral will take place entirely within the grounds of Windsor Castle.

‘The plans have been given final approval by the Queen and reflect appropriately Government advice.

‘Despite these necessary changes, they still very much reflect the personal wishes of the duke.

‘Although the ceremonial arrangements are reduced, the occasion will still celebrate and recognise the duke’s life and his more than 70 years of service to the Queen, the UK and the Commonwealth.’

The Royal Family still faces a dilemma over who to invite to Prince Philip’s funeral due to the coronavirus restrictions in place across England.

The Queen will only be able to invite 30 people to the ceremony – plus the clergy – at St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Originally there were going to be 800 mourners from across the Duke of Edinburgh‘s military units, charities and associates from across the Commonwealth.

The final list, which is expected in the next few days, will likely be made up of senior members of the Royal Family as well as the Prime Minister.

Prince Philip said he wanted a funeral with minimal fuss, but the passing of Britain’s longest serving consort was always going to be a big affair – and lorries were today seen hauling scaffolding into Windsor Castle for the preparations.

His hope for a ‘royal ceremonial funeral’ – similar to the Queen Mother’s – rather than a full state funeral, had already been granted.

QUEEN MOTHER’S FUNERAL COST MORE THAN £5.4M 

The Queen Mother’s funeral arrangements in 2002 cost more than £5.4 million.

A fly-past and a lying-in-state in Westminster Hall were among the events honouring King George VI’s consort.

Policing costs amounted to £4.3 million and the Queen Mother’s lying-in-state came to £825,000, according to a House of Commons research briefing paper.

With Buckingham Palace scaling the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral back and removing the public elements of the day due to pandemic, the cost of Philip’s farewell is likely to be substantially less.

The numbers of police needed will be fewer than originally planned without any processions taking place through the streets of London and Windsor.

A number of military personnel will gather in the grounds of Windsor Castle to take part in the proceedings before the ceremonial royal funeral on Saturday, but far fewer than had been planned in non-Covid times.

Philip is also not lying in state, in accordance with his wishes, which will also reduce the security costs.

Some 11,887 police staff and 1,306 civil staff were deployed from the day of death to the Queen’s Mother’s funeral, a Metropolitan Police report on the cost of policing public order events during 2002 revealed.

Of the £4.3 million policing costs, £2.2 million would have been incurred anyway if staff were assigned to other duties, but £2.1 million were additional costs directly attributed to the funeral arrangements.

The cost to the Home Office for mourning stationery was around £1,817, and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) budget was £301,000.

Other additional costs were likely, but the cost of the Queen Mother’s funeral was shared by the Queen and not met solely by the taxpayer.

Diana, Princess of Wales’s funeral – a form of ceremonial royal funeral – is estimated to have cost between £3 million and £5 million in 1997.

Baroness Thatcher’s ceremonial funeral at St Paul’s Cathedral in 2013 cost the taxpayer around £3.2 million.

The figure includes £2 million in ‘opportunity costs’ for policing by officers who would have been on other duties on the day.

A further £943,000 went on providing additional security and policing.

Ceremonial costs, including the service at St Paul’s and the printing and circulation of invitations, came to around £261,976, including £20,445 for the London Ambulance Service and £39,057 for the MoD.

Lady Thatcher’s family made a contribution to the overall cost – including covering the costs of the undertakers and the flowers.

But the pandemic and restrictions means this has been hastily redrawn, with Her Majesty said to have been in talks with officials last night.

They tweaked Operation Forth Bridge and are having to drastically scale back the number of people invited to the ceremony, next Saturday.

The names of those invited have not been released, but it is expected to be mostly made up of senior members of the Royal Family.

The first names on the list will likely be Her Majesty, Prince Charles and Prince William – those directly in line to the throne.

Prince Philip’s other children are also expected to be there: Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

Next could be the partners of the senior royals, who are present at most official events.

These are Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, the Princess Royal’s husband Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence and Sophie, Countess of Wessex. 

The rest of those to be invited is less certain but the remaining could heavily feature more distant members of the Royal Family.

Princess Anne’s children Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall could be there, with Zara’s husband and former England rugby star Mike also present.

Princess Beatrice could be joined by Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, who she married last year.

Her younger sister Princess Eugenie may well also be invited, along with her husband of three years Jack Brooksbank.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex’s children may also make the cut – Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.

It is also likely the Queen will invite her cousins and their spouses: Princess Alexandra, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, who have offered loyal support and service over the years.

And the Queen is close to the children of her late sister Princess Margaret – her nephew the Earl of Snowdon and niece Lady Sarah Chatto – and is likely to want them to be present as a source of comfort. 

Before the pandemic, it was planned the vehicle would transport the duke’s coffin from Wellington Arch in central London to Windsor, and travel up the Long Walk, with members of the royal family joining the procession part way and walking through Windsor town centre to the castle.

All public elements of the funeral have been removed – including large-scale processions through London and Windsor – so as not to draw crowds during the coronavirus crisis.

A Palace spokesman said: ‘The duke had a great interest in design so that is where the involvement of the Land Rover comes from.

‘The Land Rover was very much part of the original plans as approved by the duke.’ 

Following the duke’s death at the age of 99 on Friday, Jaguar Land Rover paid tribute, highlighting Philip’s ‘significant contribution to UK manufacturing, engineering and design’.

The firm said on Twitter: ‘We are deeply saddened by the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

‘Our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen & Royal Family. The Duke devoted his life to public service & made a significant contribution to UK manufacturing, engineering & design.’

In 2019, the duke, then 97, was driving a Land Rover Freelander when he was involved in a serious car crash involving a mother and a baby.

The car Philip was driving was hit by another vehicle when he pulled out of a driveway on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk on to a busy A road, after being dazzled by the low sun.

The duke’s car flipped over and he was trapped, and had to be rescued through the sunroof by a passing motorist. He was miraculously unscathed.

The baby was unhurt, but both women in the other vehicle had to be treated in hospital, and one broke her wrist.

Three weeks after the crash, Buckingham Palace announced that Philip’s driving days on public roads were finally over and that he had voluntarily surrendered his driving licence.

The CPS later confirmed Philip would face no action over the crash.

The Queen and Philip’s 10 great-grandchildren – Savannah and Isla Phillips; Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis of Cambridge; Mia, Lena and Lucas Tindall; Archie Mountbatten-Windsor; and August Brooksbank – are likely to be considered too young to attend the televised proceedings as all are aged 10 and under. 

Little girls left floral tributes to the Duke outside Buckingham Palace this afternoon

Little girls left floral tributes to the Duke outside Buckingham Palace this afternoon

Little girls left floral tributes to the Duke outside Buckingham Palace this afternoon

The Union flag flies at half mast as the sun sets behind Buckingham Palace this evening

The Union flag flies at half mast as the sun sets behind Buckingham Palace this evening

Sailors firing the Death Gun Salute with the Salting Gun to mark the passing of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, aboard the Daring-class air-defence destroyer HMS Diamond at sea in the Channel

Sailors firing the Death Gun Salute with the Salting Gun to mark the passing of Britain’s Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, aboard the Daring-class air-defence destroyer HMS Diamond at sea in the Channel

The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery also fired to mark the passing of Philip, at their historic Parade Ground, Woolwich Barracks. The same guns were also fired for Philip's wedding to the Queen in 1947 and at her Coronation six years later in 1953

The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery also fired to mark the passing of Philip, at their historic Parade Ground, Woolwich Barracks. The same guns were also fired for Philip’s wedding to the Queen in 1947 and at her Coronation six years later in 1953

The Duke of Edinburgh's coffin will be transported in a ceremonial procession to his funeral on a Land Rover he helped to design. Pictured, the Duke driving his Landrover Freelander four wheel drive in 2011

The Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin will be transported in a ceremonial procession to his funeral on a Land Rover he helped to design. Pictured, the Duke driving his Landrover Freelander four wheel drive in 2011

A lorry carrying scaffolding for the funeral preparations arrives at Windsor Castle on Saturday

A lorry carrying scaffolding for the funeral preparations arrives at Windsor Castle on Saturday

A lorry carrying scaffolding and stage building equipment arrives at the Henry VIII gate at Windsor Castle, Berkshire, on Saturday afternoon as preparations are made for Philip's funeral

A lorry carrying scaffolding and stage building equipment arrives at the Henry VIII gate at Windsor Castle, Berkshire, on Saturday afternoon as preparations are made for Philip’s funeral

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge (pictured with William in 2019), the Princess Royal's husband Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence and Sophie, Countess of Wessex could be at the funeral

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge (pictured with William in 2019), the Princess Royal’s husband Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence and Sophie, Countess of Wessex could be at the funeral

‘He has been my strength and stay all these years’: Queen’s touching words about Prince Philip from her 1997 golden wedding anniversary speech

The Queen has shared a touching tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh – a day after her husband of 73 years died at Windsor Castle at the age of 99.

A portrait, which shows Her Majesty, 94, sitting next to Prince Philip, was posted on the Royal Family’s social media along with a moving quote from the monarch about her husband from a speech she made celebrating their golden wedding anniversary in 1997.

She said: ‘He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know.’

The Queen has shared a touching tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh - a day after her husband of 73 years died at Windsor Castle at the age of 99. A portrait, which shows Her Majesty, 94, sitting next to Prince Philip, was posted on the Royal Family’s social media along with a moving quote from the monarch about her husband from a speech she made celebrating their golden wedding anniversary in 1997

The Queen has shared a touching tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh – a day after her husband of 73 years died at Windsor Castle at the age of 99. A portrait, which shows Her Majesty, 94, sitting next to Prince Philip, was posted on the Royal Family’s social media along with a moving quote from the monarch about her husband from a speech she made celebrating their golden wedding anniversary in 1997

The Queen was speaking in November 1997 during a lunch at Banqueting House in London, in which she looked back on ‘a remarkable fifty years’.

Her Majesty announced her husband’s death at midday on Friday as the Union Flag was lowered to half-mast outside Buckingham Palace.

The touching portrait and quote were shared to Instagram today, alongside the caption: ‘At The Queen’s Coronation in 1953, The Duke of Edinburgh swore to be Her Majesty’s ‘liege man of life and limb.’

‘The Duke was a devoted consort (companion to the Sovereign) for almost 70 years, from Her Majesty’s Accession in 1952 until his death.’

The image of the royal couple was first released on the day of Philip’s 95th birthday in 2016. 

PREGNANT MEGHAN WILL NOT ATTEND FUNERAL

The pregnant Duchess of Sussex will not be attending the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral after medical advice.

The Duke of Sussex will make the journey from the couple’s home in California and will be following Covid-19 protocols for the trip, as well as during his visit.

It is understood that Meghan, who is pregnant with her second child, had made every effort to join her husband but was not given clearance to travel by her doctor.

The duke and duchess posted a tribute to Philip on the website of their foundation Archewell on Friday.

It reads: ‘In loving memory of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021. Thank you for your service… You will be greatly missed.’

It was posted against a sombre brown background.

Harry has not returned to the UK since stepping down as a senior royal just over a year ago.

It also be the first time he has seen his family in person since his and Meghan’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey – in which they accused the royal family of racism and the institution failing to support a suicidal Meghan.

The two-hour interview was aired while Philip was in hospital after surgery on his heart.

The Queen issued a statement saying ‘while some recollections may vary’, the issues would be taken ‘very seriously’, but dealt with privately as a family.

The Duke of Cambridge, in a rare move on a royal engagement, spoke out publicly saying ‘We’re very much not a racist family’, as the royals’ ability to carry out official duties linked to diversity, inclusion and mental health was called into question.

Harry told Oprah Winfrey that he felt let down by his father the Prince of Wales and that ‘there’s a lot of hurt that’s happened’ between them, and that his relationship with his brother William was ‘space’ but he loved him to bits.

Currently, funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Mourners coming from outside England are required to self-isolate from arrival and for the first full 10 days after they arrive.

But Harry will be entitled to leave his place of self-isolation on compassionate grounds to attend the funeral.

He could also be released from quarantine if he gets a negative private test on day five under the Test to Release scheme.

Under the previous plans for his funeral – known in the royal household as ‘Forth Bridge’ – his body would have been embalmed immediately and taken to the Albert Memorial Chapel by St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

The duke’s coffin currently lies at rest in the private chapel of Windsor Castle. 

Under pre-Covid plans, it would have been brought to London today by road and taken to St James’s Palace to reside temporarily in the intimate Chapel Royal.

The College of Arms said yesterday there will be no lying-in-state and Philip’s coffin would lie at rest at Windsor Castle ahead of his funeral in St George’ Chapel, next Saturday.

It will have been draped with his personal standard – which bears references to his Danish and Greek royal heritage, his Mountbatten roots and Edinburgh title – and a floral wreath from his family.

A vigil by his children – Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward – is likely to take place at Windsor. 

The duke will be placed on a gun carriage belonging to the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, drawn by a Royal Navy gun crew. 

The carriage – a personal request by Philip – is the one that carried Queen Victoria at her funeral in 1901. 

Twelve singers known as lay clerks still live there, and they will perform during the service, with a bell tolling throughout. 

The coffin will be taken into the Quire – the resting place of most of the monarchs buried at the chapel.

Inside or under the Quire are Edward VII, Henry VI, Edward IV, George III, George IV and William IV, Henry VIII and Charles I.

Philip’s catafalque will be placed on a black marble slab, which is the entrance to the Royal Vault.

The hymns requested by the prince are believed to include his favourite seafarer’s anthem, For Those In Peril On The Sea. 

At the end of the service a Psalm and the ‘ashes to ashes’ text will be read as a piper plays a lament. 

The coffin will be lowered into the Royal Vault and will remain there until the Queen dies and they are buried together in the memorial chapel.

The day after the funeral, flags will be brought back to full mast, although the Court will remain in mourning for three more weeks.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: ‘During the coronavirus pandemic, and in light of current government advice and social distancing guidelines, modified funeral and ceremonial arrangements for His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh are being considered by Her Majesty The Queen. Details will be confirmed in due course.’ 

The Queen has entered an eight-day period of mourning following the death of her husband aged 99 – as arrangements for his funeral, codenamed Operation Forth Bridge, have begun.

Royal fans have been told not to attend any part of the events that make up the funeral due to Covid restrictions.

They have also been asked not to lay flowers that could encourage crowds which may spread the coronavirus. 

The number of people wanting to pay tribute to the Duke could present difficulties for police forces due to England’s ban on gatherings of more than six people or two households. 

Buckingham Palace instead invited well-wishers to sign a book of condolences – but only online, to avoid crowds and queues. 

The royal family has appealed to people who wish to pay their respects in person to stay at home instead.

The Palace spokesman said: ‘While there is sadness that the public will not be able to physically be part of events to commemorate the life of the duke, the royal family asks that anyone wishing to express their condolences do so in the safest way possible and not by visiting Windsor or any other royal palaces to pay their respects.

‘The family’s wish is very much that people continue to follow the guidelines to keep themselves and others safe.

‘His Royal Highness’s funeral will be broadcast to enable as many people as possible to be part of the occasion, to mourn with us and celebrate a truly extraordinary life.’ 

The Royal resting place: Prince Philip will be laid to rest in Gothic St George’s Chapel alongside Charles I, Queen Mother and Jane Seymour

St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle is the resting place of 10 monarchs. Steeped in history, the 15th century gothic church, set in the Lower Ward of the Queen's favourite residence, has seen many royal funerals and weddings

St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle is the resting place of 10 monarchs. Steeped in history, the 15th century gothic church, set in the Lower Ward of the Queen’s favourite residence, has seen many royal funerals and weddings

St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle is the resting place of 10 monarchs.

Steeped in history, the 15th century Gothic church, set in the Lower Ward of the Queen’s favourite residence, has seen many royal funerals and weddings.

It was the setting for the marriage of the Duke of Sussex and Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, in May 2018.

The Duke of Edinburgh, who had just recovered from a hip operation, was among the 600 guests who gathered to watch Harry, the Queen and Philip’s grandson, wed the American former actress in a star-studded ceremony.

It was also the venue for the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank in October 2018.

As well as the scene of royal celebrations, it has also been a place of sadness for the Windsors.

The funeral of Princess Margaret, the Queen’s sister, took place at St George’s in 2002, as did the private committal service for the Queen Mother the same year.

Both are now buried in the tiny George VI Memorial Chapel within the main chapel with the Queen’s father King George VI, whose funeral took place at St George’s in 1952.

The chapel in Berkshire was also the setting for the funerals of Princess Alexandra’s husband Sir Angus Ogilvy in 2005 and Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester in 2004.

Within the chapel are the tombs of 10 sovereigns – as well as George VI, the remains of Edward IV, Henry VI, Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour, the beheaded Charles I, George III, George IV, William IV, Edward VII and George V also rest there.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall’s marriage was blessed in the Gothic surrounds in 2005 while the Earl and Countess of Wessex wed there in 1999.

Construction of the chapel was started in 1475 by Edward IV and completed under Henry VIII in 1528.

The chapel is a place of worship for the sovereign and the royal family, and is often at the heart of royal events.

The Windsors gather there each year for Easter services and in the past for occasions such as the service to mark the Duke of Edinburgh’s 90th birthday.

Like Westminster Abbey, it is known as a Royal Peculiar, with the Dean of Windsor responsible only to the sovereign.

It is the Chapel of the Order of the Garter, the premier order of chivalry in England.

Each year in June, royals who are Knights and Ladies of the Garter usually process in carriages from Windsor Castle’s state apartments down the hill to the chapel for the traditional Order of the Garter ceremony.

They dress in their Garter robes – heavy blue velvet capes and black velvet hats with elaborate white ostrich plumes.

On each side of the Quire are the beautifully carved stalls of the Knights and Ladies of the Garter, constructed between 1478 and 1495.

Last year’s Order of the Garter ceremony was cancelled because of the Covid-19 crisis.

Police officers on horses stopped crowds forming in front of a sign announcing his death on the railings of the palace.

During the eight days of mourning The Queen will not carry out any duties even in private under Covid restrictions, laws will not be given the Royal Assent and affairs of state will also be paused. 

Scores of people will be involved in the days ahead, from military guards and the clergy, to staff at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, who will be making sure the household continues to run smoothly during this traumatic time for the Queen.  

Official engagements, most of which are presently online, can continue during this time, although most are postponed or cancelled, but it depends on the wishes of the monarch.

In non-pandemic times, social engagements would usually be cancelled, except those for charitable causes. 

There are various types of mourning, but Royal – also known as Court – Mourning, includes the royal family, royal households and the Queen’s representatives in the UK and abroad wearing black and also using black-edged writing paper.  

Boris Johnson will not attend the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral to allow for the attendance of as many family members as possible during coronavirus restrictions, No 10 has said. The Prime Minister was understood to have been expected to attend the ceremony for Philip by the royals, but offered to step aside with the number of guests allowed limited to 30

Boris Johnson will not attend the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral to allow for the attendance of as many family members as possible during coronavirus restrictions, No 10 has said. The Prime Minister was understood to have been expected to attend the ceremony for Philip by the royals, but offered to step aside with the number of guests allowed limited to 30 

Officials remove tributes as soon as they are laid

The British public defied public health advice to stay at home and continued to lay flowers for Prince Philip during socially distanced vigils at royal palaces today as the country marks his death at the age of 99 during seven days of national mourning ahead of his scaled-back funeral.

The bouquets, flowers, cards, Union Flags and balloons are being moved away by staff almost as soon as they are left – but royal aides insist they will all be saved and looked at by the Royal Family inside the grounds of Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace.

Palace security have even put up signs urging people not to congregate, but waves of mourners are still arriving to pay their respects to Her Majesty’s devoted husband, who dedicated his life to public service and supporting her through their 73-year marriage.

Well-wishers, all respecting social distancing and wearing masks, laid their tributes and briefly stood to pay their respects, with some wiping away tears or quietly singing hymns before returning home.

The Duke of Edinburgh‘s coffin is at Windsor, where the Queen is in residence, in Her Majesty’s private chapel of worship, before being moved to the nearby Albert Memorial Chapel, where he will rest over the weekend. Their youngest child Prince Edward is there supporting his mother again today, having made the short trip from his Surrey home.

Philip is expected to be in the Royal Vault during his private family funeral at St George’s Chapel next Saturday, and will remain there until the Queen dies and they are buried together in the memorial chapel in a hugely scaled back event due to Britain’s ongoing lockdown, with only 30 relatives able to attend. Britons are being warned to stay at home and watch on TV to avoid spreading coronavirus. 

Most of Britain’s monarchs are buried in Westminster Abbey and St George’s Chapel, but both Queen Victoria and Prince Albert are in a mausoleum in Frogmore Gardens. 

After her husband’s death, Victoria lived largely in isolation at Balmoral until she died on January 22, 1901. Her 40 years of mourning severely damaged the monarchy. 

Following the Duke’s death, Union flags will fly at half-mast around Britain, but Philip will not lie in state and there will be no state funeral.

The Lord Chamberlain, the most senior officer of the royal household, will be in charge of arrangements.

The Queen is also expected to broadcast a televised message to the nation at some stage over the next few days, although this is dependent on how she feels.

In normal times, there would be early morning rehearsals over the next week for a gun carriage and procession through the streets of London, and another in Windsor.

The day before his funeral, the coffin would be moved across the road from Chapel Royal to the Queen’s Chapel to allow an easier transfer to the gun carriage.

The funeral itself would be held in Windsor, while a military procession would take place from St James’s Palace, down Marlborough Road and up The Mall.

The gun carriage holding the coffin would then pass around the Queen Victoria Memorial, Buckingham Palace and up Constitution Hill to Wellington Arch.

Members of the military would lead the procession, with the royal family and household walking behind – but the Queen would be expected to go straight to Windsor. 

At Wellington Arch, there would be a royal salute before a ceremonial transfer sees with the coffin moved to a Land Rover hearse or car and taken to Windsor. 

On arrival in Windsor, there would be a slow procession driven up the Long Walk with drummers, military and members of the royal family following behind.

It would move up the Long Walk, through Cambridge Gate and then onto Park Street, High Street, past the Guildhall and Castle Hill and in through the Henry VIII gate. 

The arrangements are codenamed Forth Bridge, after the Scottish landmark and Unesco World Heritage Site.

The railway bridge, crossing the Forth Estuary in Scotland, which opened in 1890, remains one of the greatest cantilever trussed bridges 

Plans for the aftermath of the duke’s death have been in place for many years, and were updated and reviewed regularly by Buckingham Palace staff in consultation with the Queen and Philip. 

Buckingham Palace announced the death of Prince Philip at just after midday yesterday - and described the Queen's 'deep sorrow'

Buckingham Palace announced the death of Prince Philip at just after midday yesterday – and described the Queen’s ‘deep sorrow’

Philip has served Britain since his youth and the world is mourning his death at Windsor Castle yesterday, with the Royal Family releasing this photo and tribute shortly after his death

Philip has served Britain since his youth and the world is mourning his death at Windsor Castle yesterday, with the Royal Family releasing this photo and tribute shortly after his death

In a post on their Archwell website yesterday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said: 'Thank you for your services... you will be greatly missed'

In a post on their Archwell website yesterday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said: ‘Thank you for your services… you will be greatly missed’

People stood in masks, two metres apart to hug and remember the Queen's husband, who dedicated his life to the country

People stood in masks, two metres apart to hug and remember the Queen’s husband, who dedicated his life to the country

A woman in a mask wipes away tears outside Windsor Castle as the news of Philip's death sunk in

A mourner cried outside Buckingham Palace as the news of Philip's death sunk in

A woman in a mask wipes away tears outside Windsor Castle yesterday afternoon while a mourner cried outside Buckingham Palace as the news of Philip’s death sunk in

Philip was visited by emotional Charles in hospital before returning to the comfort of Windsor to enjoy Easter walk with the Queen

Prince Philip’s final weeks saw him visited by an emotional Prince Charles in hospital before being returned to the comfort of Windsor where his son enjoyed an Easter walk with the Queen – as the stoic monarch carried on with her public duties throughout. 

The Queen, 94, announced with ‘deep sorrow’ the death of her husband at the age of 99, calling him her ‘strength and guide’ throughout their 73-year marriage and her 69-year reign. The Duke of Edinburgh spent his final days at Windsor Castle with his wife after a 28-night stay in hospital having been admitted in mid-February for an infection and a pre-existing heart condition.

Philip’s eldest son Prince Charles, 72, paid him a half-hour visit during the first week of his treatment, making a 100-mile journey from Highgrove in Gloucestershire to the capital. Charles appeared emotional when he left. 

The Queen spent the Easter Weekend at Windsor, and was seen on a socially-distanced walk with Charles on March 23, in an image released on Good Friday. It is unclear if the Prince of Wales saw his father on the day and whether he has seen him since. 

Despite all the personal turmoil, which included Meghan and Harry’s bombshell Oprah interview while Philip was still in hospital, the Queen has continued carrying out her duties, mainly over video call due to Covid restrictions. She last appeared in public March 31 to mark the centenary of the Royal Australian Air Force, and she has also held several meetings over video call. 

Complicated by the coronavirus pandemic, Forth Bridge has been adjusted to take account of the crisis.

The duke’s funeral was due to have a strong military presence in recognition of his naval career and his links with the armed forces.

But the prospect of creating a spectacle that could potentially attract hundreds of thousands of people means there is no longer expected to be a military procession in London or any processions through Windsor. 

Those servicemen and women taking part will rapidly begin their preparations, from practising routines to polishing helmets and swords. 

Royal dressers will be fastidiously choosing and preparing black mourning ensembles.

Thames Valley Police will be tasked with dealing with the security needed in the days ahead, and preventing mass gatherings.

The Royal Households have a long history of making detailed plans for royal funerals.

Arrangements for the Queen Mother’s – codenamed Tay Bridge – were 22 years old by the time she died at the age of 101.

London Bridge is the codename for the Queen’s funeral plans.

In 2004, thieves broke into a car which belonged to a palace press officer at a motorway service station and made off with a briefcase which contained the secret plans regarding the Queen .

But the case and its confidential contents were found and returned by a member of the public.

It was once said that Philip, who was known for his acerbic wit, was amused by the fact that many of those involved in the planning of his funeral had themselves died before him.

Not all royal death arrangements have been so meticulously ordered.

Queen Victoria died at the age of 81 in 1901 after a period of ill health, but the Earl Marshal, who was responsible for the funeral, had no plans in place.

The complex arrangements, including transporting Victoria’s body across the Solent from the Isle of Wight and facilitating a two-hour military procession through London involving thousands of people, had to be organised from scratch in 10 days.

In contrast, her son, Edward VII, insisted his own funeral was planned well in advance.

MILITARY WILL PLAY KEY ROLE IN PHILIP’S FUNERAL AT WINDSOR CASTLE 

Prince Philip's glittering career saw him amass a chestful of medals which he proudly displayed at numerous functions. They included decorations for bravery in the 1939-45 war. Pictured: The Duke attending a service at Westminster Abbey in 2015

Prince Philip’s glittering career saw him amass a chestful of medals which he proudly displayed at numerous functions. They included decorations for bravery in the 1939-45 war. Pictured: The Duke attending a service at Westminster Abbey in 2015

The Duke of Edinburgh’s close association with the military will be on show at his ceremonial royal funeral next weekend.

Elements of the Royal Navy, Air Force and the Army will be present during an eight-minute procession in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

On the day of the funeral, Philip’s coffin – accompanied by the Dean of Windsor and the Lord Chamberlain – will be moved to the state entrance of Windsor Castle by a Bearer Party of The Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.

On the grass in the Castle’s Quadrangle will be representative detachments drawn from Philip’s military special relationships.

The Quadrangle will also be lined by the Household Cavalry and The Foot Guards.

The Band of the Grenadier Guards, of which Philip was Colonel for 42 years, will lead the procession to St George’s Chapel.

They will be followed by the Major General’s Party, and then the Service Chiefs, reflecting Philip’s close relationship with the military.

These will include the Chief of the Air Staff, Naval Staff and Defence Staff.

Philip had a distinguished career in the Royal Navy, and while he gave up active service in 1951 he remained closely connected to it and other military elements throughout his public life.

After leaving school, Philip joined the Royal Navy, beginning at the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, in May 1939, and was singled out as best cadet

He moved up through the ranks to become First Lieutenant in the destroyer HMS Wallace, at the age of 21. Pictured here in 1945

The Duke of Edinburgh, who has died at the age of 99, joined the Royal Navy in 1939 – the year the Second World War broke out – when he was still a teenager. By 1942, he had risen to the rank of first lieutenant after bravely fighting in the Battle of Crete and the conflict at Cape Matapan. Left: Philip in 1946. Right: Phlip in 1945, when he was serving on HMS Valiant

The coffin, transported from the castle to the chapel in a specially modified Land Rover Philip helped to design, will be flanked by pallbearers drawn from the duke’s special relationships – the Royal Marines, regiments, corps and air stations.

The Prince of Wales and members of the royal family will take part in the procession on foot, immediately behind the coffin, together with staff from Philip’s household.

The route of the procession will be lined by representatives drawn from the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the Highlanders, 4th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Royal Air Force.

Minute guns will be fired by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery from the east lawn of Windsor Castle for the duration of the procession, and the Curfew Tower Bell will toll.

A Guard of Honour and Band from The Rifles will receive the coffin at the foot of the west steps, with the national anthem being played as the coffin enters Horseshoe Cloister.

In tribute to Philip’s Naval service, a Royal Naval Piping Party of 1 Chief Petty Officer and 5 Ratings will be present.

The piping party will pipe the “Still” once the Land Rover is stationery at the foot of the steps.

A bearing party of Royal Marines will carry the coffin up the steps and pause for a minute’s silence.

The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Dean of Windsor will receive the coffin.

In keeping with coronavirus guidelines to limit guests inside the chapel, most of the procession will not enter St George’s, except for members of the royal family, and Philip’s private secretary Archie Miller Bakewell.

Inside the chapel, Philip’s insignia – the medals and decorations conferred on him by the UK and Commonwealth countries – together with his Field Marshal’s baton, Royal Air Force Wings, and insignia from Denmark and Greece, will be pre-positioned on cushions on the altar.

Gun salute for Prince Philip: Artillery in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Gibraltar join Royal Navy warships in firing 41 rounds in 41 minutes to pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh

A gun salute rang out around the world today in honour of Prince Philip who died yesterday aged 99, with Royal Navy warships firing 41 shots over 40 minutes from midday in unison with batteries across the UK and Gibraltar after similar events in his beloved Commonwealth. 

Crowds gathered on Tower Bridge to watch members of the Honourable Artillery Company fire their cannons from the Tower of London as shots also echoed around the capital from the historic barracks seven miles away at Woolwich, finishing at 12.40pm precisely. 

HMS Diamond, a 8,000-tonne destroyer dubbed ‘the jewel in the naval crown, set sail from Portsmouth on Friday with her flag at half mast and held its gun salute in the Channel in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh, a celebrated sailor and war hero.

Members of the Honourable Artillery Company fire during a 41-round gun salute for Prince Philip from the wharf at the Tower of London held at Midday today

Members of the Honourable Artillery Company fire during a 41-round gun salute for Prince Philip from the wharf at the Tower of London held at Midday today

The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery also fired to mark the passing of Philip, at their historic Parade Ground, Woolwich Barracks. The same guns were also fired for Philip's wedding to the Queen in 1947 and at her Coronation six years later in 1953

The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery also fired to mark the passing of Philip, at their historic Parade Ground, Woolwich Barracks. The same guns were also fired for Philip’s wedding to the Queen in 1947 and at her Coronation six years later in 1953

Crew members of the HMS Montrose firing a 41-round gun salute to to mark the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, in Duqm, Oman

Crew members of the HMS Montrose firing a 41-round gun salute to to mark the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, in Duqm, Oman

The Death Gun Salute was fired by the 104th Regiment Royal Artillery to mark the passing of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Cardiff Castle

The Death Gun Salute was fired by the 104th Regiment Royal Artillery to mark the passing of Britain’s Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Cardiff Castle

Members of the 105th Regiment Royal Artillery fired their 41-round gun salute from Edinburgh Castle, high above the Scottish capital

Members of the 105th Regiment Royal Artillery fired their 41-round gun salute from Edinburgh Castle, high above the Scottish capital

On the dockside in Gibratar, the Royal Gibraltar Regiment fired their Death Gun Salute to celebrate the life of the Duke of Edinburgh

She is the modern successor to the destroyers Philip served on during the Second World War as part of his 14-year naval career. HMS Montrose, a Type 23 Frigate, fired her 4.5 inch main gun from Oman in the Gulf, where she is based.

On land ‘Solemn’ 41-shot salutes took place from the wharf at the Tower of London, in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh as well as from Naval bases in Portsmouth, Plymouth and the Rock of Gibraltar.  

The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired on the Parade Ground at the historic Woolwich Barracks using the same guns also fired for Philip’s wedding to the Queen in 1947 and at her Coronation six years later in 1953.

An artillery salute has already taken place at Parliament House in Adelaide this morning, with similar commemorations repeated across the Commonwealth. 

And as tributes to the Queen’s husband poured in from around the globe, it also emerged: 

Officials told the public to observe the gun salutes, which will be broadcast online and on television, from home. 

It comes after floral tributes laid by members of the public outside palaces were quickly removed last night as the nation faced an eery seven days of eerie socially distanced mourning. 

In London, the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery rode out from their base at Napier Lines, Woolwich Barracks, onto the Parade Ground.

There were 71 horses, 36 of them pulling six 13-pounder field guns dating from the First World War.

The same guns were also fired for Philip’s wedding to the Queen in 1947 and at her Coronation six years later in 1953.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: ‘His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh was a constant supporter and ambassador of the armed forces.

‘We celebrate his life of service and offer our condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the royal family.’

Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Nick Carter said: ‘His Royal Highness has been a great friend, inspiration and role model for the armed forces and he will be sorely missed.

‘The Duke of Edinburgh served among us during the Second World War, and he remained devoted to the Royal Navy and the armed forces as a whole.

‘A life well lived, His Royal Highness leaves us with a legacy of indomitable spirit, steadfastness and an unshakeable sense of duty. From all of us who serve today and who have served, thank you.’

The Honourable Artillery Company fired a salute at the Tower of London, the 104th Regiment Royal Artillery will fire from Cardiff Castle, and the 105th Regiment Royal Artillery will fire at Hillsborough Castle, Belfast and Edinburgh Castle. 

It comes as First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, the most senior officer in the Royal Navy, added to the tributes to Philip.

In a statement released on Saturday morning, he said: ‘His genuine empathy, affection and engagement with the Royal Navy resonated with us all.

‘His generous spirit, his delight in all aspects of the Naval Service, and his deep understanding of our values, standards and ethos made him such a close friend to the Service for over eight decades.’

Philip joined the Royal Navy after leaving school, beginning at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth in May 1939, and was singled out as best cadet.

A woman wipes away tears as she queues to lay flowers at Buckingham Palace as the guns fire in the Duke's memory

A woman wipes away tears as she queues to lay flowers at Buckingham Palace as the guns fire in the Duke’s memory

Lieutenant Colonel Hugo Clark salutes as members of the 105th Regiment Royal Artillery fire a 41-round gun salute at Edinburgh Castle

In London a family hugs as they reflect on the Duke's death outside his London home

Lieutenant Colonel Hugo Clark salutes as members of the 105th Regiment Royal Artillery fire a 41-round gun salute at Edinburgh Castle while in London a family hugs as they reflect on the Duke’s death outside his London home as the shots rang out

Used shells shrouded in smoke lie on the ground at the Tower as Britain's Armed Forces saluted war hero the Duke of Edinburgh

Used shells shrouded in smoke lie on the ground at the Tower as Britain’s Armed Forces saluted war hero the Duke of Edinburgh

Spectators watch the volley of gunfire from Tower Bridge as the shells exploded in the London skyline after Midday

Spectators watch the volley of gunfire from Tower Bridge as the shells exploded in the London skyline after Midday

The Honourable Artillery Company, the City of London's Reserve Army Regiment wear ceremonial attire and drive in their liveried Pinzgauer vehicles at The Tower of London

The Honourable Artillery Company, the City of London’s Reserve Army Regiment wear ceremonial attire and drive in their liveried Pinzgauer vehicles at The Tower of London

She is the modern successor to the destroyers the Duke of Edinburgh served on during World War Two as part of his 14-year naval career. Pictured is Philip (right) with the Queen and Captain John Edwin Home McBeath on HMS Chequers, which the prince served on

She is the modern successor to the destroyers the Duke of Edinburgh served on during World War Two as part of his 14-year naval career. Pictured is Philip (right) with the Queen and Captain John Edwin Home McBeath on HMS Chequers, which the prince served on 

During the Second World War, he served on several ships – firstly on HMS Ramillies – and saw active service against German, Italian and Japanese forces.

In March 1941, he was a searchlight control officer on the battleship HMS Valiant and was mentioned in despatches for his part in the battle of Matapan against the Italian fleet.

Shortly afterwards, he was awarded the Greek War Cross of Valour.

He rose rapidly through the ranks, earning promotion after promotion, with some believing he could have become First Sea Lord – the professional head of the Royal Navy.

But the Duke stepped down from his active role in the forces to fulfil his duty as the Queen’s consort.

In recognition of his long-standing connection with the Royal Navy, the Queen conferred the title of Lord High Admiral on the Duke to mark his 90th birthday in June 2011. 

Princes Andrew and Edward are supporting their mother the Queen at Windsor Castle today as she grieves the death of Prince Philip and begins life without her ‘strength and stay’ throughout their 73-year marriage and her 68-year reign. 

The Duke of Edinburgh‘s coffin is in Her Majesty’s private chapel of worship at their Berkshire home before being moved to the nearby Albert Memorial Chapel later today, where he will rest during seven days of national mourning ahead of his hugely scaled-back funeral next Saturday.

Their youngest child Prince Edward was the first to arrive to support his mother again today, having made the short trip from his Surrey home. Prince Andrew, who lives in Windsor Castle’s grounds, was also seen arriving after 10am. Prince Charles stayed with the Queen until late last night. 

Meanwhile Britons have defied public health advice to stay at home and continued to lay flowers for Prince Philip during socially distanced vigils at royal palaces today as the country marks his death at the age of 99.

The bouquets, flowers, cards, Union Flags and balloons are being moved away by staff almost as soon as they are left – but royal aides insist they will all be saved and looked at by the Royal Family inside the grounds of Windsor and Buckingham Palace.

Palace security have even put up signs urging people not to congregate, but waves of mourners are still arriving to pay their respects to Her Majesty’s devoted husband, who dedicated his life to public service and supporting her through their 73-year marriage.

Well-wishers, all respecting social distancing and wearing masks, laid their tributes and briefly stood to pay their respects, with some wiping away tears or quietly singing hymns before returning home.

Philip is expected to be laid to rest in the Royal Vault during his private family funeral at St George’s Chapel next Saturday, stripped back due to Britain’s ongoing lockdown, with only 30 relatives able to attend. Britons are being warned to stay at home and watch on TV to avoid spreading coronavirus.

His grandson Prince Harry is expected to return to the UK and be among the small number of mourners at the funeral, but it is unlikely his pregnant wife Meghan will accompany him, weeks after the couple accused the Royal Family of racism in their bombshell Oprah interview while Philip lay in hospital. 

Details about Prince Philip’s ‘peaceful’ death have emerged, with his wife of 73-years understood to have been at his bedside when he slipped away yesterday morning after becoming gravely ill late on Thursday, according to the Daily Telegraph.    

Soldiers stand straight as guns fire at the Tower of London today as the salute could be heard all over the city

Soldiers stand straight as guns fire at the Tower of London today as the salute could be heard all over the city

Stoic members of the Honourable Artillery Company and Beefeaters watch on fire a gun salute at The Tower of London

Stoic members of the Honourable Artillery Company and Beefeaters watch on fire a gun salute at The Tower of London

Tourists and well-wishers stood and watched in silence, many filming with their mobile phones, during the firing at the Tower of London

Tourists and well-wishers stood and watched in silence, many filming with their mobile phones, during the firing at the Tower of London

The giant and historic Woolwich Barracks in south-east London echoed with the sound of 41 shots in 40 minutes

The giant and historic Woolwich Barracks in south-east London echoed with the sound of 41 shots in 40 minutes

Members of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire a 41-round gun salute at Woolwich Barracks in London

Members of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire a 41-round gun salute at Woolwich Barracks in London

In Scotland the 105th Regiment Royal Artillery fired in unison at Edinburgh Castle

Guns fired for 40 minutes at the parade ground at Woolwich barracks this afternoon in memory of Philip, the longest-serving Queen's consort in British history

Guns fired for 40 minutes at the parade ground at Woolwich barracks this afternoon in memory of Philip, the longest-serving Queen’s consort in British history

Members of the Honourable Artillery Company moved their cannons to the wharf at the Tower of London ahead of the salute

Members of the Honourable Artillery Company moved their cannons to the wharf at the Tower of London ahead of the salute

The public stand in silence as a Death Gun Salute is fired at midday to commemorate the passing of Britain's Prince Philip

The public stand in silence as a Death Gun Salute is fired at midday to commemorate the passing of Britain’s Prince Philip

The sparkling guns were wheeled into position in the minutes before Midday at the Tower of London's wharf

The sparkling guns were wheeled into position in the minutes before Midday at the Tower of London’s wharf

Members of The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery carry boxes of blank shells in advance of today's gun salute

Members of The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery carry boxes of blank shells in advance of today’s gun salute

Members of The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery place empty shells into boxes in advance of a gun salute to commemorate the death of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at the Parade Ground, Woolwich Barracks

Members of The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery place empty shells into boxes in advance of a gun salute to commemorate the death of Britain’s Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at the Parade Ground, Woolwich Barracks

A box of blank shells  prepared for the gun salute to commemorate the death of Philip

A box of blank shells  prepared for the gun salute to commemorate the death of Philip

The sun on his face and a rug on his lap: RICHARD KAY reveals Prince Philip’s final days at Windsor Castle with his ‘Lilibet’ – the Queen – as he neared 100

For the Queen there was one saving grace: that she and Prince Philip were together at the end. After more than seven decades of their lives entwined in both love and duty, this may be the smallest of consolations.

His austerely decorated bedroom overlooking the East Terrace at Windsor Castle was still linked by the dressing room that gives on to his wife’s more comfortably furnished suite.

But it was his physical presence – so reassuring in the aftermath of so much family drama – from which in recent weeks she has drawn strength.

No longer the decisive man of action who had devoted a lifetime to supporting her, she was now able to repay him.

Domestic timetables such as mealtimes were torn up to accommodate him when he felt he was strong enough to join her.

Even with failing health signalling that his life was drawing to a close, the two were still able to enjoy time with each other as they always had.

In recent weeks he would often sleep for much of the day, but there were moments of great lucidity and joyful togetherness.

For the Queen there was one saving grace: that she and Prince Philip (pictured in March 2021) were together at the end. After more than seven decades of their lives entwined in both love and duty, this may be the smallest of consolations

For the Queen there was one saving grace: that she and Prince Philip (pictured in March 2021) were together at the end. After more than seven decades of their lives entwined in both love and duty, this may be the smallest of consolations

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, is pictured leaving King Edward VII's Hospital in central London on March 16, 2021

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, is pictured leaving King Edward VII’s Hospital in central London on March 16, 2021

Even with failing health signalling that his life was drawing to a close, the Queen and Prince Philip (pictured in 2020) were still able to enjoy time with each other as they always had

Even with failing health signalling that his life was drawing to a close, the Queen and Prince Philip (pictured in 2020) were still able to enjoy time with each other as they always had

Prince Philip is pictured with (far left to right) Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Mrs C.J. Latta and American opera singer Dorothy Kirsten

Prince Philip is pictured with (far left to right) Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Mrs C.J. Latta and American opera singer Dorothy Kirsten

Prince Philip, in his role as Captain General of the Royal Marines, attended a Parade to mark the finale of the 1664 Global Challenge in 2017. It was his final solo appearance at the official engagement

Prince Philip, in his role as Captain General of the Royal Marines, attended a Parade to mark the finale of the 1664 Global Challenge in 2017. It was his final solo appearance at the official engagement

One such moment came when he dropped his reading glasses. A footman in attendance leapt forward to pick them up.

‘Never mind,’ the duke said, raising his arm. ‘I’ll do it.’ And so he did, bending down to the floor. On another occasion the Queen was overheard reflecting that her husband of 73 years was refusing to use his hearing aid. ‘It means we have to shout,’ she said.

Some are bound to focus on that looming centenary of Philip’s 100th birthday in June, which will no longer be the celebration once envisaged.

But the duke was not a sentimental man. For him it was far more important to die at home in his own bed, the date immaterial.

That it should have been at Windsor Castle where his mother Princess Alice, a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, was born was of infinitely more significance.

In recent days he had been often confined to his room, but in the weeks since his release from hospital last month – he spent 28 days in the King Edward VII’s and St Bartholomew’s hospitals – he has been calmer and quieter.

Food would be sent up on a tray but he often had little appetite.

Routines inevitably had to change. He cancelled his 7.30am calling tray of morning tea that a valet or page would bring to his room where, among the few personal possessions he always kept on display, there were two framed photographs – one of his wife and the other of his mother.

Intriguingly, among the family photographs of children and grandchildren he always kept on his office desk at Windsor, was one of Prince Charles and Princess Diana taken on their wedding day.

The Queen and Philip welcomed a new great-grandchild - their eighth - with the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor. Pictured left to right in June: Prince Philip, Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth, Doria Ragland, and Meghan

The Queen and Philip welcomed a new great-grandchild – their eighth – with the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor. Pictured left to right in June: Prince Philip, Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth, Doria Ragland, and Meghan

The Queen and Philip, pictured at Broadlands in 2007, shared an irreplaceable bond - united at key moments of history, witnessed from the unique viewpoint of a monarch and her consort

The Queen and Philip, pictured at Broadlands in 2007, shared an irreplaceable bond – united at key moments of history, witnessed from the unique viewpoint of a monarch and her consort

On those days when he felt strong enough to venture out of his room, he dressed in a shirt and jumper, pressed trousers and polished shoes. There was a valet to draw a bath but according to insiders at least until very recently Philip was still dressing himself.

On warm days he asked for a chair to be taken outside and he would sit in the sunshine with a rug over his legs. Often he would nod off.

Walking was difficult and around his apartment he used a stick. Occasionally he would allow himself to be pushed in a wheelchair but staff were wary of suggesting it. ‘When it first appeared in the private rooms he shouted: ‘Get that bloody thing out of my sight!’, recalls an aide.

This unwillingness to betray any sign of frailty was characteristic.

Princess Elizabeth photographed in Clarence House in July 1951, with the Duke of Edinburgh

Princess Elizabeth photographed in Clarence House in July 1951, with the Duke of Edinburgh

Queen Elizabeth II, wearing the Imperial State Crown, and Prince Philip, in uniform of Admiral of the Fleet, wave from Buckingham Palace in London after the Coronation in June 1953

Queen Elizabeth II, wearing the Imperial State Crown, and Prince Philip, in uniform of Admiral of the Fleet, wave from Buckingham Palace in London after the Coronation in June 1953

Queen Elizabeth II on the balcony at Buckingham Palace after her coronation, on June 2, 1953. With her are (left to right): Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother

Queen Elizabeth II on the balcony at Buckingham Palace after her coronation, on June 2, 1953. With her are (left to right): Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother

The Queen holds the Orb and Sceptre at her Coronation in June 1953, which took place at Westminster Abbey in London

The Queen holds the Orb and Sceptre at her Coronation in June 1953, which took place at Westminster Abbey in London

The Queen at a polo match with the Duke of Edinburgh in 1955

The Queen at a polo match with the Duke of Edinburgh in 1955

A man speaks and gestures as he brings flowers to Buckingham Palace after Prince Philip died at the age of 99

A man speaks and gestures as he brings flowers to Buckingham Palace after Prince Philip died at the age of 99

Prince Philip and Prince Charles share a joke at a Guards Polo Club tea party in 1999

Prince Philip and Prince Charles share a joke at a Guards Polo Club tea party in 1999

Queen Elizabeth poses with her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and their children Prince Charles and Princess Anne of England in October 1950

Queen Elizabeth poses with her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and their children Prince Charles and Princess Anne of England in October 1950

Charles is seen above in his beaming father's arms aged just six months old, in April 1949, as his mother the then Princess Elizabeth smiles widely

Charles is seen above in his beaming father’s arms aged just six months old, in April 1949, as his mother the then Princess Elizabeth smiles widely

The infant Prince Charles is pictured in the lap of his mother, the then Princess Elizabeth, with his father Prince Philip in 1948

The infant Prince Charles is pictured in the lap of his mother, the then Princess Elizabeth, with his father Prince Philip in 1948

The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Princess Anne at Balmoral in August 1972

The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Princess Anne at Balmoral in August 1972

Queen Elizabeth II with Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Princess Anne at Balmoral in September 1952

Queen Elizabeth II with Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Princess Anne at Balmoral in September 1952

The then Princess Elizabeth and the Duke with their two young children, Princess Anne and Prince Charles, outside Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire on September 19, 1952

The then Princess Elizabeth and the Duke with their two young children, Princess Anne and Prince Charles, outside Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire on September 19, 1952

Their first child, Charles, was born at Buckingham Palace in November 1948. Anne was born at Clarence House in August 1950. Ten years later, Andrew was born at Buckingham Palace in February 1960, as was Edward in March 1964. This picture was taken in 1968 at Windsor Castle

Their first child, Charles, was born at Buckingham Palace in November 1948. Anne was born at Clarence House in August 1950. Ten years later, Andrew was born at Buckingham Palace in February 1960, as was Edward in March 1964. This picture was taken in 1968 at Windsor Castle

But for the pandemic, things might have been so very different. At Wood Farm on the Sandringham estate Philip had adjusted to a new kind of life, sometimes with the Queen but often alone or entertaining friends such as Countess Mountbatten, the former Lady Penny Romsey, to whom he taught the sport of carriage driving.

When lockdown commenced last March Philip was whisked to Windsor to join the Queen. He did return to his beloved Wood Farm – thanks once again to the Queen. After cutting their stay at Balmoral last summer to just six weeks, they then spent three weeks at the Norfolk bolthole.

With its simple furnishings and modest size, it was the closest the couple came to leading an ordinary non-palace life.

On one occasion at a picnic a domestic servant, unfamiliar with royal tradition, mixed a salad dressing – only for the Queen to exclaim when she arrived a little after her husband: ‘I can’t believe the Duke of Edinburgh has made the vinaigrette, he knows I like to do it.’

Philip himself loved the solitude of north Norfolk. When he was there alone he had just a valet and a cook to take care of him. But after his illness and with the country in a third lockdown the prospect of him returning to Wood Farm was impossible.

Instead, he had only one ambition: he was determined not to end his days in hospital. ‘When he came back to Windsor he said he was not going back to any hospital,’ an insider said.

The Queen wearing a tartan skirt with corgis beside her and Prince Philip wearing a kilt in Balmoral in 1994

The Queen wearing a tartan skirt with corgis beside her and Prince Philip wearing a kilt in Balmoral in 1994

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh laugh as they bid farewell to Irish President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina at Windsor Castle after their state visit in April 2014

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh laugh as they bid farewell to Irish President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina at Windsor Castle after their state visit in April 2014

Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh, on honeymoon, photographed in the grounds of Broadlands looking at their wedding photographs, on November 23, 1947

Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh, on honeymoon, photographed in the grounds of Broadlands looking at their wedding photographs, on November 23, 1947

Instructions were issued that he should be made as comfortable as possible – and if that meant changing timetables for meals so be it.

‘His entire life had been conducted to strict routines and since retiring he didn’t have to follow them and it was agreed that it should continue like that for him,’ says an insider.

‘No fuss was the constant refrain,’ says the insider.

Even so he was well enough to still speak to family and close friends on the telephone – unlike the Queen, Philip was not a fan of Zoom calls.

The Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Anne preparing a barbecue on the Estate at Balmoral Castle in August 1972

The Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Anne preparing a barbecue on the Estate at Balmoral Castle in August 1972

Princess Elizabeth, Britain's future queen, and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten shown at Buckingham Palace following their engagement, in November 1947. On her engagement finger, Elizabeth wears a three-diamond ring which she wears to this day

Princess Elizabeth, Britain’s future queen, and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten shown at Buckingham Palace following their engagement, in November 1947. On her engagement finger, Elizabeth wears a three-diamond ring which she wears to this day

The Queen toasts Prince Philip at the opening of the Millennium Dome in London on New Year's Eve 1999

The Queen toasts Prince Philip at the opening of the Millennium Dome in London on New Year’s Eve 1999

But he was frustrated by Covid restrictions which didn’t just limit visits by the family but also meant difficulties in the nursing care he needed.

There was no dramatic decline in his health but it was gradual. Earlier this week, staff said Philip was ‘on good form’. He was still reading and writing letters.

Remember, this was a man who prided himself on his fitness and who rarely complained. Even so he was not pain free.

And rehearsals for his death were already under way. Late at night, a team of footmen at Buckingham Palace had been practising the placing of the official typed statement about the duke’s death.

Yesterday the task was conducted by two of the Palace’s foot-women.

Philip, who did so much to modernise Buckingham Palace, would surely have approved.

Sports stars continue to pay their respects to Prince Philip… with black armbands, minute-long silences and flags at half mast in the Premier League, Challenge Cup rugby matches and County Championship cricket

Tributes have continued to pour in for Prince Philip from across the world of sport on Saturday, the day after his death was announced.

The Duke of Edinburgh – husband of the Queen – passed away at Windsor Castle at the age of 99 on Friday after suffering from ill health.

On Friday there were immediate tributes from the Grand National at Aintree, Wembley Stadium and County Championship cricket matches.

The Premier League match between Manchester City and Leeds held a two minute silence

The Premier League match between Manchester City and Leeds held a two minute silence

The players and staff observed the silence impeccably inside an Etihad Stadium empty of fans

The players and staff observed the silence impeccably inside an Etihad Stadium empty of fans

The Leicester v Newcastle Challenge Cup match showed a picture of the Duke during a silence

The Leicester v Newcastle Challenge Cup match showed a picture of the Duke during a silence

A Premier League U18 youth match between Manchester United and Stoke also held a silence

A Premier League U18 youth match between Manchester United and Stoke also held a silence

The Championship fixture between Watford and Reading at Vicarage Road showed this image

The Championship fixture between Watford and Reading at Vicarage Road showed this image

And more sporting events paid tribute to the Duke, with the early afternoon Premier League match between Manchester City and Leeds holding a two-minute silence, as all matches played this weekend will.

The players and staff completed an impeccably observed two minutes in an empty Etihad Stadium, with players sporting black armbands.

Manchester City and Leeds had both tweeted out statements offering condolences on Friday ahead of their match.

City said: ‘Manchester City extends its sincere condolences to the Royal Family following the sad news that His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has passed away at the age of 99.’ 

Leeds added: ‘The thoughts of everyone at #LUFC are with Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family following the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.’

Silence was also observed at an U18 fixture between Manchester United and Stoke, with players standing around the centre circle to pay their respects.

The Challenge Cup quarter-final between Leicester Tigers and Newcastle at Welford Road displayed a picture of Prince Philip with a black background as they too honoured the Prince’s life.

On Friday it was confirmed the Grand National at Aintree in Liverpool would go ahead despite Philip’s death, with the Union Jack flown at half mast and jockeys and fans also joining in a two minute silence.

The England football team stadium Wembley in North London displayed a prominent tribute, while County Championship matches including Yorkshire against Glamorgan featuring England captain Joe Root, held silences and players wore black armbands. 

Meanwhile, the England and Wales Cricket board announced it was ‘deeply saddened’ by his passing and highlighted his contributions to the sport through various cricket organisations, including trophy presentations and charitable work.

Aintree paid tribute to the Duke with his picture on screens and the Union Jack at half mast

Aintree paid tribute to the Duke with his picture on screens and the Union Jack at half mast

Racegoers and riders joined in a socially distanced silence at the Grand National in Liverpool

Racegoers and riders joined in a socially distanced silence at the Grand National in Liverpool

England football team's ground Wembley Stadium also displayed a prominent tribute (above)

England football team’s ground Wembley Stadium also displayed a prominent tribute (above)

County cricket matches held a two-minute silence while players (above) wore black armbands

County cricket matches held a two-minute silence while players (above) wore black armbands

The FA announced their intention to honour his life by flying flags at Wembley and St George’s Park at half mast.

‘We have sent our deepest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and our president, HRH The Duke of Cambridge, following the passing of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh,’ it said on Twitter. 

‘As a mark of our respect, all flags at @WembleyStadium and St. George’s Park will fly at half-mast. 

And the Premier League wrote: ‘We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts and condolences are with Her Majesty The Queen, The Royal Family and all those around the world mourning the loss of His Royal Highness.

‘As a mark of respect, players will wear black armbands and there will be a minute’s silence before kick-off at all Premier League matches played tonight and across the weekend.’ 

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