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Prince Charles says public support is ‘sustaining’ Royals after Philip death

Canterbury Cathedral is expected to hold a remembrance service for the Duke of Edinburgh this morning as Britain continues to observe a period of national mourning.

The service is expected to be led by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who is also set to lead Prince Philip’s funeral next Saturday.

The cathedral service will start at 10.30am and is expected to be livestreamed.

Meanwhile, Prince Charles has paid a moving tribute to his father, the late Prince Philip, for his “remarkable, devoted service to the Queen”.

“As you can imagine, my family and I miss my father enormously,” he told reporters outside his Gloucestershire estate, Highgrove.

Describing the Duke of Edinburgh as a “much-loved and appreciated figure,” he said he could imagine that his father “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,” he said. “It will sustain us in this particular loss and at this particularly sad time.”

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Boris Johnson criticised over appearance announcing Prince Philip’s death

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has drawn criticism over his so-called “shabby” and “disrespectful” appearance while making a statement on the death of Prince Philip.

His “staccato” speech “delivered in a shabby hair-do” was less than British people “are entitled to expect,” one reader, Perry Gardner, wrote in a letter to The Independent.

“Would it be too much to ask Mr Johnson to arrange to have his hairstyle modified to suit the position he holds in Her Majesty’s government?” another reader, Tom Lambe, asked.

Read more on the reaction here:

Chantal Da Silva11 April 2021 09:13

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Canterbury Cathedral to hold remembrance service for Duke

Canterbury Cathedral will be holding a remembrance service for the Duke of Edinburgh this morning.

The service is expected to be led by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who will also be leading Prince Philip’s funeral next Saturday.

The cathedral service will start at 10.30am and will be livestreamed.

Chantal Da Silva11 April 2021 09:03

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Military to play special role in royal funeral

The military is expected to play a key role in the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral next weekend.

Elements of the Army, Air Force and Royal Navy are expected to be present during the eight-minute procession across Windsor Castle’s grounds, according to PA.

Philip’s coffin is expected to be moved to the state entrance of the castle by a Bearer Party of The Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.

Meanwhile, detachments representing Philip’s military special relationships are expected to be present in the Castle’s Quadrangle, which will also be lined by the Household Cavalry and The Foot Guards.

According to PA, the Band of the Grenadier Guards, which Philip served as Colonel of for 42 years, will be leading the procession to St George’s Chapel, with the band to be followed by the Major General’s Party and the Service Chiefs.

Among them will be the chiefs of Defence Staff, Air Staff and Naval Staff.

Philip gave up active service back in 1951, but he maintained strong military ties throughout his life.

Chantal Da Silva11 April 2021 09:00

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Bafta host praises Prince Philip for helping guide academy through ‘difficult times’

Bafta host Clara Amfo remembered the Duke of Edinburgh during the event’s opening night, as she praised the late Prince Philip for helping guide the academy through “difficult times”.

Philip became Bafta’s first president in 1959, a year after the British Film Academy and the Guild of Television Producers and Directors were merged to create the Society of Film and Television Arts (SFTA).

“Before we start tonight we want to say that on behalf of Bafta we are extremely saddened by the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on Friday,” Ms Amfo said, opening the event, which was held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The duke was Bafta’s very first president over 60 years ago and was the first of a line of royal patronage all the way through to Bafta’s current president, his grandson, the Duke of Cambridge,” she said, according to PA.

“It was Prince Philip and Her Majesty the Queen’s support throughout these years that in many ways allowed Bafta, a leading charity in the arts, to continue in difficult times and to be here today in 2021 celebrating another outstanding year of achievement in film,” she said.

Chantal Da Silva11 April 2021 08:45

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Prince Philip helped design modified Land Rover that will carry his coffin

The Duke of Edinburgh had helped design the modified Land Rover that is expected to carry his coffin during the ceremonial procession to his funeral.

According to the Press Association, the Land Rover was specifically modified to be able to carry a coffin.

Prince Philip helped design the vehicle, believed to be a modified Defender 130 Gun Bus, years ago.

Foley Specialist Vehicles said it had sent a modified Gun Bus to Philip to use on his estates, with the vehicle made to his specifications in a deep bronze green and built onto a galvanised chassis, PA reported.

The Land Rover is expected to be driven through the grounds of Windsor Castle ahead of the duke’s funeral on Saturday at St George’s Chapel.

The Land Rover was reportedly long expected to play a role in Operation Forth Bridge, the codename given to Prince Philip’s death and funeral arrangements.

Chantal Da Silva11 April 2021 08:29

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PM to miss Prince Philip’s funeral to make room for family members

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to miss Prince Philip’s funeral service in order to make room for more family members to attend.

Due to tight coronavirus restrictions, only 30 people will be able to attend the event.

No 10 confirmed Mr Johnson’s plans to miss the ceremony, which will be held at Windsor Castle on 17 April.

Read more here:

Chantal Da Silva11 April 2021 08:24

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Prince Charles says his father would be ‘deeply touched’ by public’s support

In a moving tribute to his father, the late Prince Philip, Prince Charles has said the Duke of Edinburgh would be “deeply touched” by the outpouring of support from the British public and people around the world.

“As you can imagine, my family and I miss my father enormously,” he told reporters outside his Gloucestershire estate, Highgrove.

Describing the Duke of Edinburgh as a “much-loved and appreciated figure,” he said he could imagine that his father “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,” he said. “It will sustain us in this particular loss and at this particularly sad time.”

Chantal Da Silva11 April 2021 07:58

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Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s live blog following the latest on plans for Prince Philip’s funeral.

Chantal Da Silva11 April 2021 07:52

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