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Prince Philip funeral: Mourners across UK observe a minute’s silence for Duke of Edinburgh


Prime Minister Boris Johnson led the nation in a minute’s silence for Prince Philip at 3pm today ahead of his funeral service.

Britons across the country bowed their heads in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh as he was laid to rest at St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle. 

Mr Johnson bowed his head in front of Chequers as he donned a black suit and tie to remember the duke. Nicola Sturgeon similarly wore black and clasped her hands as she stood outside Bute House in Edinburgh to also pay tribute.

The silence was respectfully observed by around a thousand people outside the main gates of Windsor Castle, with mourners, police officers, security guards, and the 700-strong military assembly bowing their heads. 

However, there was some confusion with mourners unsure when to end the silence, leaving it to stretch to four minutes. 

Around the country, people gathered at pubs, homes and schools to observe the silence for Prince Philip.  

Prime Minister Boris Johnson minute's silence for the Duke of Edinburgh at Chequers

Prime Minister Boris Johnson minute’s silence for the Duke of Edinburgh at Chequers

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon observes a minute’s silence outside Bute House in Edinburgh

John Houston, formerly of the Merchant Navy, and now flag bearer for the local British Legion, pauses for a period of silence outside The Norwich Gates at Sandringham House

John Houston, formerly of the Merchant Navy, and now flag bearer for the local British Legion, pauses for a period of silence outside The Norwich Gates at Sandringham House

A view of the gun salute at Edinburgh Castle, a single round was fired followed by a single round a minute later to begin and end the national minute silence

A view of the gun salute at Edinburgh Castle, a single round was fired followed by a single round a minute later to begin and end the national minute silence

Pupils of Gordonstoun School stand during a minute's silence in Elgin, Scotland

Pupils of Gordonstoun School stand during a minute’s silence in Elgin, Scotland

Pupils and staff from Gordonstoun school observe a three-minute silence in memory of former pupil Prince Philip

Pupils and staff from Gordonstoun school observe a three-minute silence in memory of former pupil Prince Philip

Gordonstoun school pupils cast a wreath into the Moray Firth from the Ocean Spirit in a tribute to former pupil Prince Philip

Gordonstoun school pupils cast a wreath into the Moray Firth from the Ocean Spirit in a tribute to former pupil Prince Philip

In Gibraltar the Governor, Chief Minister, Commander of the British Forces and The Speaker observe a minute's silence

In Gibraltar the Governor, Chief Minister, Commander of the British Forces and The Speaker observe a minute’s silence

London Black Cab taxi drivers observe a minute's silence on The Mall in London

London Black Cab taxi drivers observe a minute’s silence on The Mall in London

The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired a gunshot to signal the start of the silence at Windsor, with the pallbearers carrying Prince Philip’s coffin and members of the royal family following it pausing in their positions, while those already inside the chapel also fell silent. 

Gun salutes took place at the same time performed by royal regiments at sites including Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland, Cardiff Castle and Edinburgh Castle, as well as on Royal Navy warships deployed in Portsmouth, Devonport and overseas.

Outside Windsor Castle and the nearby Long Walk, hundreds of mourners who had lined the streets clutching Union flags and flowers fell quiet.

Artist Kaya Mar, 65, who stood alongside an oil painting of Philip which he made last week, was among those who paused to remember the duke as armed officers stationed above surrounding buildings watched on.

Meanwhile, a crowd gathered at the gates of Buckingham Palace also observed the silence.

Mr Johnson, who has said his ‘thoughts are with Her Majesty and her family’, was pictured with his head bowed and wearing a black suit and tie as he fell silent outside his country residence of Chequers, where he watched the funeral as it was broadcast live.

The Prime Minister was unable to attend in person due to coronavirus restrictions limiting the guest list to just 30 people. 

A man stands during a minute's silence for the funeral of Britain's Prince Philip in Windsor

A man stands during a minute’s silence for the funeral of Britain’s Prince Philip in Windsor

People observe a minute's silence in Windsor to mark the beginning of Prince Philip's funeral

People observe a minute’s silence in Windsor to mark the beginning of Prince Philip’s funeral

Police officers observe a minute's silence during the funeral of Britain's Prince Philip

Police officers observe a minute’s silence during the funeral of Britain’s Prince Philip

Members of the public observe a minute's silence on the Long Walk in Windsor

Members of the public observe a minute’s silence on the Long Walk in Windsor

Members of the public observe a minute's silence on the Long Walk in Windsor

Members of the public observe a minute’s silence on the Long Walk in Windsor

A child sits on the ground during a minute's silence outside Windsor Castle

A child sits on the ground during a minute’s silence outside Windsor Castle

Mourners hold flowers as they observe the minute's silence on the Long Walk in Windsor

Mourners hold flowers as they observe the minute’s silence on the Long Walk in Windsor

Hundreds of people gathered outside Buckingham Palace to observe the minute's silence

Hundreds of people gathered outside Buckingham Palace to observe the minute’s silence

Hundreds of people gathered to observe a minute's silence outside Buckingham Palace

Hundreds of people gathered to observe a minute’s silence outside Buckingham Palace

Crowds observe a minute's silence outside Buckingham Palace to mark the start of Prince Philip's funeral

Crowds observe a minute’s silence outside Buckingham Palace to mark the start of Prince Philip’s funeral

The public pay their respects during a minute's silence outside Buckingham Palace

The public pay their respects during a minute’s silence outside Buckingham Palace

People pause their shopping trips to observe a minute's silence at Piccadilly Circus in London

People pause their shopping trips to observe a minute’s silence at Piccadilly Circus in London

Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster took part in the silence from Enniskillen Castle in County Fermanagh, while her Scottish counterpart Nicola Sturgeon paused on the steps of Bute House in Edinburgh.

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford, who sent a flower wreath to the duke’s funeral on behalf of the people of Wales, also marked the silence.

At Philip’s former school – Gordonstoun in Moray, northern Scotland – pupils fell silent outside the main building, after laying a wreath off nearby Hopeman Harbour, where the duke learned to sail.

Meanwhile, staff and punters at pubs and social clubs named after the nation’s longest serving consort also fell silent, including at the Duke of Edinburgh pub in Hull and the Prince Philip Community Centre in Leeds.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said on Twitter she observed the minute’s silence ‘to remember the lifetime service of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh’.

At sports grounds, players observed a silence before the Sky Bet Championship match at City Ground, Nottingham, between Huddersfield Town and Nottingham Forest. A huge graphic of the duke was shown ahead of the Sky Bet League One match between Charlton and Ipswich at The Valley in London. 

Retired Sergeant Alex Young observe's a minute's silence at The National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas in central England

Retired Sergeant Alex Young observe’s a minute’s silence at The National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas in central England

World War II veteran Malcolm Clerc, 94, watches the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh, on the television at his home in Knutsford, Cheshire

World War II veteran Malcolm Clerc, 94, watches the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh, on the television at his home in Knutsford, Cheshire

A special service is held in memory of Prince Philip at the Tommy statue in Seaham, County Durham

A special service is held in memory of Prince Philip at the Tommy statue in Seaham, County Durham

Veterans salute at the War Memorial in Seaham, County Durham, during a minute's silence

Veterans salute at the War Memorial in Seaham, County Durham, during a minute’s silence

War veterans gather at the War Memorial at Seaham, County Durham, for a minute's silence

War veterans gather at the War Memorial at Seaham, County Durham, for a minute’s silence

Snooker players and spectators at the World Championships at the Crucible in Sheffield also paused at 3pm.

The massive media strong outside Windsor Castle also mostly stopped commentating to respect the tribute. The silence was only broken by a reporter from French television on the high street, who appeared to be shouting into a live television camera.

After the minute’s silence was over, the crowd broke into spontaneous clapping in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh.  

In a statement posted just after the minute of silence at 3pm, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award wrote on Instagram: ‘Thank you, Your Royal Highness, for the incredible legacy you leave through (the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award), empowering young people across the world with the skills, confidence and resilience to make the most of life and make a difference to the world around them.’   

Drinkers at the Duke of Edinburgh pub in Hull said the duke was ‘somebody you could have a pint with’ as they marked the minute’s silence and his funeral.

Alfie Stanford, 18, said: ‘I feel like he was a really iconic person and he spoke his mind more than anything else.’

‘He clearly didn’t want anything special but I feel like we do owe him a lot for his service to the Queen and definitely to his country.

‘I feel like everyone in the country should have marked the minute’s silence no matter where you was and whatever you were doing. I feel you should have stopped and reflected on the man’s life.’  

Sailors fire the gun salute at Devonport Naval Base in Plymouth, Devon

Sailors fire the gun salute at Devonport Naval Base in Plymouth, Devon

Gun salute is fired at Devonport Naval Base in Plymouth for Prince Philip on Saturday afternoon

Gun salute is fired at Devonport Naval Base in Plymouth for Prince Philip on Saturday afternoon

Sailors prepare to fire the gun salute at Devonport Naval Base in Plymouth, Devon

Sailors prepare to fire the gun salute at Devonport Naval Base in Plymouth, Devon

Sailors are pictured preparing to fire the gun salute at Devonport Naval Base in Plymouth, Devon

Sailors are pictured preparing to fire the gun salute at Devonport Naval Base in Plymouth, Devon

Sailors position their gloves as they prepare for the gun salute at Devonport Naval Base

Sailors position their gloves as they prepare for the gun salute at Devonport Naval Base

A view of the gun salute at The Tower of London before the funeral service

A view of the gun salute at The Tower of London before the funeral service

The 206 (Ulster) Battery Royal Artillery conduct a gun salute at Hillsborough Castle, Co Down

The 206 (Ulster) Battery Royal Artillery conduct a gun salute at Hillsborough Castle, Co Down

A view of the gun salute at Edinburgh Castle, a single round was fired followed by a single round a minute later to begin and end the National Minute Silence

A view of the gun salute at Edinburgh Castle, a single round was fired followed by a single round a minute later to begin and end the National Minute Silence

A single round of a gun salute that was fired at 3pm at Edinburgh Castle, followed by a single round at 3.01pm to begin and end the National Minute Silence immediately before the funeral service of Prince Philip

A single round of a gun salute that was fired at 3pm at Edinburgh Castle, followed by a single round at 3.01pm to begin and end the National Minute Silence immediately before the funeral service of Prince Philip

Cold water swimmers observe a minute's silence during the funeral at the Brockwell Lido in London

Cold water swimmers observe a minute’s silence during the funeral at the Brockwell Lido in London

A moment of silence is held by rail staff in memory of Prince Philip at Newcastle's Central Station

A moment of silence is held by rail staff in memory of Prince Philip at Newcastle’s Central Station

Newcastle's Central Station went silent at 3pm as LNER staff remembered Prince Philip

Newcastle’s Central Station went silent at 3pm as LNER staff remembered Prince Philip

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

The Police Federation observed the minute's silence at 3pm

A minute silence was observed by fire crews at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, left, and the Police Federation, right

Fire crews wore their uniform and held their helmets as they stood in silence in West Yorkshire

Fire crews wore their uniform and held their helmets as they stood in silence in West Yorkshire

Drinkers at the Duke of Edinburgh pub in Hull observe a minute's silence during the funeral

Drinkers at the Duke of Edinburgh pub in Hull observe a minute’s silence during the funeral

Drinkers at the Duke of Edinburgh pub in Hull observer a minute's silence during the funeral

Drinkers at the Duke of Edinburgh pub in Hull observer a minute’s silence during the funeral

People observe a minute's silence during the funeral of Prince Philip at the Duke of Edinburgh pub in Winkfield near Windsor

People observe a minute’s silence during the funeral of Prince Philip at the Duke of Edinburgh pub in Winkfield near Windsor

Mark Dawson, 43, said the duke was ‘a really good chap’ and ‘somebody you could have a pint with’. He said: ‘The Duke of Edinburgh would have been a fitting place to have a drink with him.’

Mr Dawson said it was a ‘sombre moment’ but everyone wanted to remember ‘the good man that he was’.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s landlord, former soldier Mark Miller, said it was a shame the Covid restrictions limited how much the pub could mark the occasion.

He said: ‘He was colourful character in his time and there’ll be a lot of veterans sad to see him go.’

Mr Miller said there was no chance he would change the name of the pub following Philip’s death. ‘It’s a poignant name, we’re never going to change it,’ he said. 

Presenter Rob Walker, Stephen Maguire, Jamie Jones and spectators observe a minute's silence in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh during the Betfred World Snooker Championships 2021 at The Crucible, Sheffield

Presenter Rob Walker, Stephen Maguire, Jamie Jones and spectators observe a minute’s silence in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh during the Betfred World Snooker Championships 2021 at The Crucible, Sheffield

Neil Robertson (left) and Liang Wenbo observe a minute's silence in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh during the Betfred World Snooker Championships 2021 at The Crucible in Sheffield

Neil Robertson (left) and Liang Wenbo observe a minute’s silence in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh during the Betfred World Snooker Championships 2021 at The Crucible in Sheffield

Players of Norton Cricket club and Stokesley Cricket club observe two-minute silence during their fixture in Norton, Middlesbrough

Players of Norton Cricket club and Stokesley Cricket club observe two-minute silence during their fixture in Norton, Middlesbrough

A minute's silence was observed by Warwickshire County Cricket Club to mark the start of the funeral

A minute’s silence was observed by Warwickshire County Cricket Club to mark the start of the funeral

Players and staff of Somerset line up for a minute's silence in memory of Prince Philip at The Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton

Players and staff of Somerset line up for a minute’s silence in memory of Prince Philip at The Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton

Wycombe Wanderers and Swansea City football teams take part in a minute silence in respect to Prince Philip

Wycombe Wanderers and Swansea City football teams take part in a minute silence in respect to Prince Philip

The teams observe a minute's silence in memory of the late Prince Philip during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match between Exeter Chiefs and Wasps at Sandy Park in Exeter

The teams observe a minute’s silence in memory of the late Prince Philip during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match between Exeter Chiefs and Wasps at Sandy Park in Exeter

West Ham United and Newcastle United have a minute of silence as a tribute to late Prince Philip

West Ham United and Newcastle United have a minute of silence as a tribute to late Prince Philip

Williams Racing observe a minute's silence for Prince Philip at the Grand Prix in Imola, Italy

Williams Racing observe a minute’s silence for Prince Philip at the Grand Prix in Imola, Italy

Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner and the Red Bull Racing team stand for a minute's silence in tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh prior to qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix

Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner and the Red Bull Racing team stand for a minute’s silence in tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh prior to qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix

The funeral procession for Prince Philip's funeral, where William and Harry did not stand next to each other and the Queen followed behind in her car

The funeral procession for Prince Philip’s funeral, where William and Harry did not stand next to each other and the Queen followed behind in her car

Commuters and LNER staff at the grand and imposing Central Station in Newcastle city centre stood still with their heads bowed to pay their respects to the duke at 3pm.

Meanwhile, mourners gathered at the Tommy statue in Seaham, County Durham, to honour the Queen’s husband, who would have turned 100 this year.

Members of the Leeds PHAB Club observed the silence outside the Prince Philip Centre, which is named after the duke.

Philip visited the centre at least four times since he was instrumental in starting it in 1969. Just six members and volunteers gathered for a socially-distanced observance of the silence due to Covid restrictions. Ann Hart, honorary secretary of the PHAB club which brings together disabled and abled-bodied people from across Leeds, was among the group.

Mrs Hart, who met Philip three times, said: ‘He was just an absolutely fantastic man. He was really interested in anything you did. He wanted to know the be-all-and-end-all of everything.’ 

Shortly before the clock struck 3pm the melody of the Last Post had rung out above the ocean as a bugle player stood on the seafront, next to the figure of the World War One soldier.  

At a sunny Windsor Castle, deserted with no crowds allowed, the quadrangle was packed with bands playing the prince’s favourite songs and hymns including Jerusalem as his extraordinary Land Rover hearse arrived flanked by senior officers from the duke’s regiments.

Troops stood with their heads bowed as the Land Rover, upon which the coffin was placed, was driven into the quadrangle while military bands played music selected by the duke.  



Source | dailymail

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