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Queen must be given ‘time and space to grieve’, says John Major

The Queen has described Prince Philip’s death as having “left a huge void in her life”, the Duke of York said as he spoke of the royal family’s “terrible loss”.

Prince Andrew said on Sunday: “The Queen as you would expect is an incredibly stoic person. She described his passing as a miracle and she’s contemplating, I think is the way that I would put it.

“She described it as having left a huge void in her life but we, the family, the ones that are close, are rallying round to make sure that we’re there to support her.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury also paid tribute to Prince Philip as church services were held across Britain to mark the Duke of Edinburgh’s death.

Justin Welby, who is set to lead the ceremonial royal funeral at Windsor Castle next week, offered prayers “for all who find that a great life leaves a very great gap”.

Meanwhile people continued to gather at royal palaces to leave flowers and pay their respects on the third of eight days of national mourning,

Earlier former prime minister Sir John Major said the Queen must be given the “time and space” to grieve the loss of her husband, “She has earned the right to have a period of privacy in which to grieve with her family,” he said.

Philip died at Windsor Castle on Friday. He was 99. Buckingham Palace confirmed the funeral – which has been scaled back due to Covid restrictions – would be held at 3pm on Saturday 17 April.

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Royal Family remembers Prince Philip’s conservation efforts

Prince Philip’s work with conservationists was remembered on the Royal Family’s Twitter account this afternoon.

“The Duke worked with Estate workers, farmers & conservationists to maintain the Estates for future generations, through wildlife conservation & biodiversity initiatives,” the Royal Family account tweeted today.

“Over recent years, HRH received regular updates and took a keen interest in developments on the Estates,” the account said.

Photos of Philip engaged in such work were also posted, with the Duke of Edinburgh pictured visiting Estates over the years.

Chantal Da Silva11 April 2021 13:57

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South Pacific island chief offers condolences to royal family

The chief of a South Pacific tribe that venerated Prince Philip has offered condolences to Britain’s royal family.

“The connection between the people on the Island of Tanna and the English people is very strong,” said Chief Yapa of Ikunala village, on the island in the Vanuatu archipelago. “We are sending condolence messages to the royal family and the people of England.”

The people of Ikunala plan to hold a special ceremony on Monday to remember Philip, the husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, following his death last Friday at the age of 99.

Their connection to the Duke of Edinburgh stemmed from a local legend about the pale-skinned son of a local mountain god who ventured across the seas to look for a rich and powerful woman to marry.

Anthropologists believe Philip became linked to the legend in the 1960s when Vanuatu was an Anglo-French colony known as the New Hebrides.

Villagers at the time were likely to have seen portraits of Philip and Queen Elizabeth at government offices and police stations run by colonial officials before he visited the island with the Queen in 1974.

In 2007, Yapa and four other men from Ikunala village on Tanna travelled to England to participate in a three-part British television documentary called “Meet the Natives” – the “natives” being the English.

The men visited Windsor Castle, a residence of the Queen near London, where they met Philip and posed for photos.

Following Philip’s death on Friday, the tribe are expected to begin venerating Prince Charles, who has now taken over the title of Duke of Edinburgh.

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‘He means so much to so many,’ Earl of Wessex says

The Earl of Wessex has offered his condolences to all affected by the Duke of Edinburgh’s death, including those who worked at royal residences, who he said would feel a “very personal” loss.

Speaking outside the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor, Edward said: “He means so much to so many people here, and it’s the same for those who lived and worked at Balmoral and Sandringham. For all those past and present.”

“They’ve all had their own personal memories and stories. Our hearts go out to all of them as well,” he said, according to PA.

Chantal Da Silva11 April 2021 13:38

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Royal household staff lay flowers inside Windsor Castle courtyard

At least one member of the royal household staff was spotted laying flowers inside a courtyard at Windsor Castle today.

The staffer could be seen placing several bouquets at the centre of the lawn within the castle grounds, PA reported.

Members of the public also continued to lay flowers at a separate entrance near the Long Walk for a third day.

Traveling lay floral tributes has been discouraged due to coronavirus restrictions, however.

Chantal Da Silva11 April 2021 13:22

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‘It’s a terrible loss’, Duke of York says

The Duke of York added: “It’s a terrible loss. My father said to me on the telephone a few months ago, ‘We are all in the same boat and we must always remember that, but occasionally we, the family, are asked to stand up and show compassion and leadership’.

“And unfortunately, with my father’s death, it has brought it home to me, not just our loss, but actually the loss that everybody else has felt, for so many people who have died and lost loved ones during the pandemic.

“And so, we are all in the same boat – slightly different circumstances because he didn’t die from Covid, but we’re all feeling a great sense of loss.”

Peter Stubley11 April 2021 13:10

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Queen says Prince Philip’s death has ‘left a huge void’

The Queen has described the death of her husband the Duke of Edinburgh as “having left a huge void in her life’’, the Duke of York has said.

Prince Andrew said: “The Queen as you would expect is an incredibly stoic person. She described his passing as a miracle and she’s contemplating, I think is the way that I would put it.

“She described it as having left a huge void in her life but we, the family, the ones that are close, are rallying round to make sure that we’re there to support her.”

Peter Stubley11 April 2021 13:08

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Well-wishers continue to pay their respects at royal palaces

Members of the public continue to pay their respects to the Duke of Edinburgh outside Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle despite calls for them to stay away due to Covid restrictions.

Americans Todd and Brittney Provino, who are living in Battersea, south London, said they were prompted to visit Buckingham Palace because daughter Hadley, nine, wanted to “leave some flowers because the Queen will be sad”.

Hadley laid red paper poppies in front of the palace.

Ms Provino, 41, said: “Hadley said she wanted to make poppies because she knew they were flowers of remembrance and they have a military link.

“We wanted the kids to be part of this. It is something that goes down in history.

“They asked about Philip and we told them that he dedicated his life to this country. We wanted to show respect. It felt like the right thing to do.

“It has also been a good lesson. We have been telling the children about what it means to be really committed to something and to have a life of service and duty – and also the fact that he and the Queen had been married that long.”

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An English bulldog and its owner visit the floral tributes outside Buckingham Palace

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An English bulldog and its owner visit the floral tributes outside Buckingham Palace

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Neil Loughton, founder of the Penny Farthing Club, rode his antique bicycle to the palace gates.

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Penny Farthing riders cycle past Buckingham Palace to pay their respects

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He said: “We play bicycle polo and the duke used to play the sport as well. We wanted to come and pay our respects.

“I think that there are some things that are just important and need to be done – 99 years of life and more than 70 years of service deserves some recognition.”

Signs outside the palace told well-wishers that flowers would be removed.

A teddy bear sat on floral tributes where a card said: “Philip, you were such a big part of our lives, you will be missed.”

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Well-wishers leave flowers outside Windsor Castle

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Players and match officials stood for two minutes’ silence to mark the death of Prince Philip at the start of the Premier League football match between Burnley and Newcastle United.

An image of the Duke of Edinburgh was put on the giant screen at the Turf Moor stadium before kickoff at 12pm today.

Players and match officials stand for two minutes silence to mark the death of Prince Philip

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Peter Stubley11 April 2021 12:38

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Archbishop of York honours Duke of Edinburgh

The Archbishop of York has honoured Prince Philip’s memory during his sermon today also marking the Eucharist for the Second Sunday of Easter.

“Today, we…gather at a time of national mourning following the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, a man the Queen described as ‘her rock’, which I suppose means that she found in him a strength and a dependability and a security, even a foundation, upon which life could be built,” Stephen Cottrell, the Archbishop of York said in a prepared sermon. “And we all know, that the most extravagantly beautiful buildings require the firmest foundations.”

“What the Queen has achieved through a lifetime of service has been built upon the foundation of a marriage, and to a man whose own values and character were formed, first through exile and then through the turmoil of war,” he said.

“Many things have been said about Prince Philip in the past few days, but one thing above others may be worth dwelling on as the Christian community in this land, is that the country that Philip served so faithfully was his adopted home. And I wonder whether he could serve and become part of an adopted home, because his life was also formed by the gospel of Jesus Christ, who when he stood among his disciples on that first Easter day, and when in reaching out to Thomas reached out to each one of us, was forming a new household and a new humanity where the old boundaries and divisions no longer count, and where we discover that we are one humanity, even sisters and brothers to each other and to the Earth itself, with all the joys, challenges and responsibilities that go with it.”

Chantal Da Silva11 April 2021 12:30

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Prince William and Kate Middleton pay tribute to Prince Philip

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have paid further tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh by updating the official website for their Royal Foundation with a black and white photograph of Prince Philip.

The picture shows the late duke smiling at the camera while dressed in a suit.

Peter Stubley11 April 2021 12:14

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