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Windsor businesses brace for influx of visitors for Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral

Prince Charles has made his first public appearance with Camilla since the death of the Duke of Edinburgh to view flowers and tributes left in his memory.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall appeared “close to tears” during a visit to Marlborough House in London, where bouquets of flowers, portraits and messages have been left by those wanting to honour Prince Philip.

As the date for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral approaches, Buckingham Palace and the royal family are hard at work preparing for the event, which will be attended only by close relatives due to the coronavirus restrictions.

The Palace will set out details of the funeral later today, including who will be attending and the full timeline of the event on Saturday 17 April.

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Queen likely to sit alone at Prince Philip’s funeral

The Queen is expected to have to sit alone at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral on Saturday, due to Covid regulations and rules on support bubbles.

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How do I watch Prince Philip’s funeral on TV?

As members of the public have been advised not to travel to Windsor to pay their respects at Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday, the event will be televised live by the BBC.

My colleague Ella Glover has the details on what time it starts and how you can tune in:

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Watch: Windsor businesses brace for influx of visitors for Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral

Windsor businesses brace for influx of visitors for Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral

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Prince Charles and Camilla view flower tributes to Prince Philip

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have viewed flowers left by the public in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh.

The couple appeared moved by the scale of the tributes, which also included notes of condolence and drawings by young children that had been left in Royal Parks, as they visited Marlborough House Gardens on Thursday.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visit the gardens of Marlborough House, London, to view the flowers and messages left by members of the public outside Buckingham Palace

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Notes and artwork left by members of the public outside Buckingham Palace following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh on display in the gardens of Marlborough House, London

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Prince Philip was ‘generous with his time’ during Royal Marines events

The Commandant General of the Royal Marines has spoken of the “generous” time the Duke of Edinburgh gave to the regiment.

Major General Matt Holmes said Philip had a “long and happy association” with the Royal Marines, of which he held the ceremonial title of Captain General for 64 years until 2017.

Speaking to Times Radio, he said of the duke: “We were utterly privileged and honoured to enjoy his company on numerous occasions.

“He gave his support to the corps and often visited us on operations at home during his time.

“We had numerous encounters, and I think that was the beauty of his service with us.

“He was always generous with his time.”

Major General Holmes said the Royal Marines Band Service will perform at the funeral.

He added: “From my recollection there were a number of formal events that he attended.

“The one that really stands out is when he flew all the way to Exeter airport from London to meet one of my companies returning from Afghanistan.

“He spent an hour on the ground. He hated fuss, so we would host him and he would go straight amongst the marines and talk to our valiant warriors.”

He said the duke would be interested in the modernisation of defence, adding: “Certainly I think he was interested, in particular, in innovation and technological developments.”

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Princess Anne recalls sailing with Prince Philip in first appearance since his death

The Princess Royal has made her first public appearance since the death of her father.

On Wednesday, Princess Anne met with two yacht clubs on the Isle of Wight, where she spoke about her memories of sailing with her father as a child.

Asked if she sailed on a particular boat with Prince Philip, she said: “I was considered a bit too young and a bit of a nuisance.”

Olivia Petter reports:

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Prince Andrew ‘requests to wear Admiral’s uniform’ for funeral

The Duke of York has reportedly requested that he wear the Admiral’s uniform to the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral on Saturday.

Prince Andrew, who stepped back from royal duties in 2019 over his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, was made an honorary Vice-Adiral in the Royal Navy in 2015.

He was due to be promoted to become an Admiral in 2020 to mark his 60th birthday, but chose to defer it until he resumes his official duties as a working member of the royal family, writes Olivia Petter.

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Royals to forgo military uniforms at funeral

It is understood that the Queen has decided that senior royals attending the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral will not dress in military uniform.

This means Prince Harry will not have to be only of the only close family members who is not in uniform at Saturday’s service.

Harry lost his honorary military titles after he stepped down as a senior working royal. Senior royals will dress in civilian clothing instead in accordance with the Queen’s decision, it has been reported.

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Prince Edward thanks Duke of Edinburgh’s Award holders and participants for fond memories of Prince Philip

The Earl of Wessex has thanked holders and participants of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and the International Award, for sharing their memories of his father and their experiences of the award.

He said: “Reading just some of the wonderful memories you have shared about your experiences of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and, in some cases, of meeting my father, has been truly uplifting.

“I think I may have said once that he was a man that once met, never forgotten. He had a unique ability to make a lasting impression in a remarkably short time.

“I, like all my family, have a lifetime of lasting impressions, inspiration, shared passions and love. He may have departed this world, but his spirit and ethos lives on through his award, through each and every life touched, transformed, inspired; then, now and in the future.

“Thank you one and all for helping to create such an extraordinary tribute.”

Kate Ng15 April 2021 10:45

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Prince Philip funeral: Mourners ‘could be fined for gathering outside’

The mayor of Windsor has said people gathering near the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral on Saturday could face fines.

John Story acknowledged the ceremony will be “difficult for people who have very strong feelings” about Prince Philip’s death – but urged everyone to remember that coronavirus restrictions remain in place for a reason.

Sam Hancock has the details:

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