Queen has been ‘amazing’, says Countess of Wessex

Gun salutes marking the death of the Duke of Edinburgh were fired across the UK, in Gibraltar and at sea on Saturday.

Saluting batteries fired 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.

Gun salutes have been fired to mark significant national events, including the Queen’s Coronation and the deaths of Queen Victoria and Winston Churchill, since as early as at least the 18th century.

The public was encouraged to observe the gun salutes from home.

Prince Philip died peacefully in his sleep on Friday morning at Windsor Castle. He would have celebrated his 100th birthday in June.

His children paid tribute to him as the “rock” in the Queen and their family’s lives.

The Duke of Edinburgh is expected to be given a ceremonial royal funeral rather than a state one and will not lie in state.


South Korean president expresses ‘heartfelt thoughts’

Moon Jae-in, the president of South Korea, has said his country will “forever remember” the contribution Philip made to friendly ties between South Korea and the UK when he visited with the Queen in 1999.

“I offer my condolences and share the grief with the bereaved family and the people of the United Kingdom,” he wrote on Twitter.

Emily Goddard10 April 2021 14:06


BBC and ITV viewing figures plummet amid wall-to-wall royal coverage

Viewing figures for the BBC and ITV collapsed after the channels pulled regularly scheduled programming for wall-to-wall coverage of Prince Philip’s death.

The earliest available overnight ratings saw ITV’s Friday night audience decline by 60 per cent by comparison with one week previously. BBC One suffered a similar, if less dramatic, loss of average viewers.

In the wake of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death, the BBC pulled the entirety of its programming on BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four.

Culture reporter Adam White has the full story:

Emily Goddard10 April 2021 13:52


Pope offers ‘blessings of consolation and peace’

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The Pope has offered “blessings of consolation and peace” to those grieving for Prince Philip.

A telegram sent to the Queen in Pope Francis’s name said: “Recalling Prince Philip’s devotion to his marriage and family, his distinguished record of public service and his commitment to the education and advancement of future generations, His Holiness commends him to the merciful love of Christ our Redeemer.

“Upon you and upon all who grieve his loss in the sure hope of the resurrection, the Holy Father invokes the Lord’s blessings of consolation and peace.”

Emily Goddard10 April 2021 13:49


‘The Queen has been amazing’

The Countess of Wessex said “the Queen has been amazing” as she left Windsor Castle

Sophie spoke to reporters after visiting Elizabeth II with her husband, the Earl of Wessex, for around an hour.

Prince Andrew and Prince Edward also visited Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle this morning.

Andrew waved to the public as he drove his green Range Rover down a street packed with crowds.

Prince Charles, the queen’s oldest child and heir to the throne, visited his mother on Friday.

In a tribute program aired by the BBC on Friday. all four of Philip’s children remembered him as someone who had encouraged and supported them.

Charles described his father’s life as an “astonishing achievement” while Edward said his father had a tough job that was carried out with the most “extraordinary flare.”

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Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, leave Windsor Castle


Peter Stubley10 April 2021 13:29


A Labour MSP has broken with a cross-party agreement to put politics on hold during the period of mourning for the Duke of Edinburgh by calling for a debate on Nicola Sturgeon’s handling of coronavirus to be tacked on to tributes at Holyrood on Monday.

The Scottish Parliament has been recalled for one day next week to allow MSPs to make statements on Prince Philip’s death, before going back into recess until after the 6 May elections.

But Neil Findlay said that Monday’s recall offered the only opportunity before the election to hold the SNP-led government to account for an admission by health secretary Jeane Freeman that mistakes were made in releasing patients potentially infected with Covid-19 into care homes.

Peter Stubley10 April 2021 13:20


41 rounds fired to salute Prince Philip

The gun salutes across the UK and in Gibraltar ended at 12.41pm, with one round fired per minute since noon.

At the Tower of London, members of the Honourable Artillery Company disassembled three large guns which they used to salute the duke, as hundreds of people watched from Tower Bridge.

Following the salute, 18 of the uniformed servicemen boarded three military vehicles towing the guns, as members of the public applauded.

Peter Stubley10 April 2021 13:06


Prince William withdraws from Bafta ceremony

The Duke of Cambridge has withdrawn from this weekend’s Bafta awards ceremony, Kensington Palace has confirmed.

His grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh – Bafta’s first president – died on Friday and William, who is the current president, was due to feature on Saturday in a pre-recorded conversation with costume designer Jenny Beavan and make-up and hair designer Sharon Martin, talking about filming in lockdown and the craft of film-making.

On Sunday, William was due to deliver a speech, via video, celebrating the resilience of the film industry over the past year.

Peter Stubley10 April 2021 12:51


BREAKING: Gun salutes fired across UK in tribute to Duke of Edinburgh

Gun salutes have been fired across the UK and at sea in honour of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who has died at the age of 99.

Emily Goddard10 April 2021 12:02


Andrew and Edward arrive at Windsor

Princes Andrew and Edward are supporting their mother the Queen at Windsor Castle today.

Prince Edward was the first to arrive to support his mother today, while Prince Andrew, who lives in Windsor Castle’s grounds, was also seen arriving after 10am, according to MailOnline.

Prince Charles stayed with the Queen until late last night.

Emily Goddard10 April 2021 11:55


Watch live as gun salutes fired across UK to honour Duke of Edinburgh

Follow the link to watch the gun salute from 12.00 BST.

Emily Goddard10 April 2021 11:49

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