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Prince Philip death: Gun salutes planned across UK

 International Desk

 Published: 04:42 PM, 10 April 2021   Updated: 05:20 PM, 10 April 2021

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

Gun salutes to mark the death of the Duke of Edinburgh are due to take place later across the UK, in Gibraltar and from warships at sea. 

Saluting batteries will fire 41 rounds from 12:00 BST in cities including London, Edinburgh and Cardiff, and at Hillsborough Castle in County Down. 

Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's husband of 73 years, died on Friday at Windsor Castle. He was 99.

Their youngest son, the Earl of Wessex, has arrived there ahead of the salutes.

It is understood that Prince Charles travelled to Windsor Castle to visit his mother on Friday afternoon. 

Royal Navy ships at sea, including HMS Diamond and HMS Montrose, will also fire the salute in honour of the duke, who served as a naval officer during World War Two and held the office of Lord High Admiral. 

The salutes will be broadcast online and on TV, and the public are encouraged to observe them from home.

Announcing the duke's death on Friday, Buckingham Palace said: "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty the Queen announces the death of her beloved husband. 

"The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss."

On Saturday, the Royal Family's Twitter account shared a photograph of the Queen and her husband, along with a quote from a speech she made on their golden wedding anniversary in 1997 in which she described him as having been her "strength and stay all these years". 

Similar salutes were fired to mark the death of Queen Victoria in 1901 and Winston Churchill in 1965. 

In Australia, a 41-gun salute was fired to mark Prince Philip's death outside Parliament House in Canberra.

The New Zealand Army will pay tribute in the same way at Point Jerningham in Wellington on Sunday.

Final details of the duke's funeral are also expected to be released this weekend.

The funeral will take place at St George's Chapel, Windsor, but the arrangements have been amended in light of the coronavirus pandemic, the College of Arms said in a statement.

The duke will not have a state funeral and there will be no lying-in-state, in line with his wishes, it added.

Members of the public are "regretfully" requested not to attend due to the pandemic, and it is understood the Queen is considering modified funeral and ceremonial arrangements.

All UK government buildings have been told to fly official flags at half-mast in tribute to the duke until 08:00 on the day after the duke's funeral.

Westminster Abbey tolled its tenor bell once every 60 seconds for 99 times from 18:00 on Friday, to honour each year of the duke's life.

And ahead of the Grand National later, a two-minute silence will be held at Aintree Racecourse in memory of the duke, who was an honorary member of the Jockey Club.