Watch live as MPs pay tribute to Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Sussex and the Duke of Cambridge have both paid tribute to their grandfather, with Prince Harry describing Prince Philip as “master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right ‘til the end.”
Prince William said the Duke of Edinburgh was an extraordinary man with an infectious sense of adventure and a mischievous sense of humour adding: “I feel lucky to have not just had his example to guide me, but his enduring presence well into my own adult life.”
Buckingham Palace confirmed over the weekend Harry – who now lives in California – would travel to the UK for the funeral on Saturday, marking his first return to the country since stepping down as a senior royal just over a year ago. The Duchess of Sussex, who is pregnant with their second child, will remain in the US on her doctor’s advice.
Over in parliament, Boris Johnson led tributes to Philip, who died aged 99 on Friday, as the House of Commons set aside the whole day – or seven and a half hours – for MPs contributions.
In Scotland, the country’s parliament was recalled for only the sixth time in its history in order for MSPs to pay their respects to Philip. First minister Nicola Sturgeon said the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were a “true partnership”. The Welsh Senedd and Northern Ireland assembly also held special sittings.
Harry ‘arrives in UK’ ahead of funeral
The Duke of Sussex has reportedly flown back to the UK ahead of his grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral.
Meanwhile, Meghan, who is heavily pregnant with their second child, has been advised by her doctor not to travel and will be remaining in California.
Zoe Tidman12 April 2021 08:46
Scottish parliament to pay tribute to Prince Philip
The Scottish parliament will sit today after being recalled for only the sixth time in its history to show respect to the Duke of Edinburgh.
Holyrood’s presiding officer, Ken Macintosh, announced on Friday that MSPs would be able to return to parliament to pay tribute to Philip with a motion of condolence from 11am on Monday.
All of the parties at Holyrood have also temporarily suspended their campaigning for the Holyrood election.
On Friday, Mr Macintosh said: “I have this afternoon decided that the Parliament should be recalled to show our respect to the Duke of Edinburgh following today’s sad announcement.
“His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, lived a life dedicated to duty and public service and his support for this institution was clear.
“This is why I have taken the decision to recall in order that we may take the time to pause, remember and pay tribute to his work.”
The meeting will start with a minute’s silence before considering a Motion of Condolence with a statement from party leaders.
Zoe Tidman12 April 2021 09:08
Other times Scottish parliament has been recalled
Scotland’s parliament was last recalled on 4 January to discuss the Covid-19 pandemic.
Previous times include for the death of first minister Donald Dewar, the death of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, for a ministerial statement on the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi.
It was also recalled on 30 December last year for a Brexit debate.
On Monday, parliament will be recalled for the sixth time in its history to pay tribute to Prince Philip.
Additional reporting by PA
Zoe Tidman12 April 2021 09:32
National Rail turns website grey in mourning
But, unfortunately, customers say they can no longer read the website after the change.
Kate Plummer has the full story:
Zoe Tidman12 April 2021 09:50
‘Every death also reminds us of the death of our loved ones’
The Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, said the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral will see the public “remembering those we loved who have died” during the coronavirus crisis.
“I think that we all know that, first of all, every death reminds of us of our own death and our own mortality,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
“In this past year, we have been face to face with our human frailty more than we usually are. And every death also reminds us of the death of our loved ones.
“So, this funeral will also be a funeral where I think all of us will be, at the same time, quite naturally and understandably, remembering those we loved who have died.”
Zoe Tidman12 April 2021 09:55
Prince Philip remembered for being ‘straight to the point’ and ‘competitive sailor’
The Duke of Edinburgh had a “wicked sense of humour” and was “straight to the point,” according to his friend the pioneering yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.
Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Sir Robin, who was the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world, said the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme had done “a huge amount of good” around the world.
“I think what people didn’t realise is that he had a wicked sense of humour,” Sir Robin said.
“He was straight to the point (and) he was a very competitive sailor.”
“The number of people who benefited from the Duke of Ed Award scheme, not just here but all over the world, has been quite fantastic.
“It’s done a huge amount of good.”
Zoe Tidman12 April 2021 10:30
Parliament to put aside seven and a half hours for tributes
MPs will dedicate a whole day of work to a marathon session of tributes to Prince Philip, parliamentary authorities have confirmed.
No other Commons business will be conducted on Monday, with MPs set to spend seven and a half hours praising the Royal until 10 o’clock at night.
Significantly more parliamentary time is being allocated to the occasion than to debating Boris Johnson’s final Brexit trade deal – which was given just five hours in December.
Zoe Tidman12 April 2021 10:45
New Zealand to hold state memorial
New Zealand will hold a state memorial service for the Duke of Edinburgh, who died on Friday:
New Zealand to hold state memorial service for Prince Philip, says Jacinda Ardern
Zoe Tidman12 April 2021 11:17
Scottish parliament holds minute of silence
The Scottish parliament has held a minute of silence for Prince Philip:
Scottish parliament holds minute of silence for Prince Philip
Zoe Tidman12 April 2021 11:25
Harry’s travel rules
For the Duke of Sussex, who is now based in California, attending the funeral is a trickier issue given the complex travel restrictions currently in place across the world.
Cathy Adams takes a closer look at what it will entail:
Zoe Tidman12 April 2021 12:07