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The moment the BBC announced Prince Philip had died

The mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead has urged the public to stay away on the day of Prince Philip’s funeral, which is due to take place on Saturday at Windsor Castle.

John Story said the ceremony was “a great honour” for the district but would take place behind the walls of the castle due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The mayor said if anyone comes to Windsor “there will be nothing to see” and they should instead comply with official advice not to gather in large groups in public places.

Preparations for the Duke of Edinburgh’s carefully choreographed final send-off are swiftly being put in place behind the scenes.

Harry flew into the UK earlier this week for the funeral and has gone to his former residence, Frogmore Cottage.

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Good morning and welcoming to our coverage of the preparations for Prince Philip’s funeral

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BBC complaints

The BBC’s coverage of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death has become the most complained-about event in British TV history.

More than 100,000 people have registered their grievances over the BBC’s decision to halt coverage of key issues.

Sam Hancock reports:

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Funeral preparations

Preparations for the Duke of Edinburgh’s carefully choreographed final send-off are swiftly being put in place behind the scenes.

With just days to go until the royal family gather for Philip’s ceremonial royal funeral, the royal household and the military are working round the clock to ensure everything is ready for the historic occasion.

The Lord Chamberlain’s Office, led by the Queen’s Comptroller Lieutenant Colonel Michael Vernon, is tasked with the practical side of the day.

The department – usually based at Buckingham Palace which serves as monarchy HQ – will be issuing invitations to the 30 chosen guests, arranging the printing of the Order of Service and putting all the arrangements in place.

Everything is being planned in minute detail from the exact timings of arrivals of members of the royal family to their seated positions within the chapel and their movements throughout.

Officials also have the added complication of ensuring the Government’s coronavirus regulations – with two-metre social distancing and face masks worn inside places of worship – are adhered to before, during and after the funeral.

The funeral is planned to go ahead on Saturday in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Additional reporting by PA

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Reports of eco-friendly touches at funeral

Reports have suggested the ceremony will honour Philip’s life-long interest in the environment with some eco-friendly touches.

Ellie Abraham has the full story:

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Thirty guests at funeral

Only 30 people, in addition to clergy, will be allowed to be present at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral service, according to current Covid guidelines in England.

The event was originally planned for 800 guests in St George’s Chapel, but will now have to take into account the strict limit on numbers.

Adam Forrest takes a look at what the guest list is expected to look like:

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Mourning ceremony on South Pacific island

Devotees of the late Prince Philip held a mourning ceremony in his honour on Monday on the South Pacific island of Tanna in Vanuatu.

“He is dead but he has a big family, who will live with his legacy,” Chief Jack Malia said. “See all the pictures we have of him here. He is a good man.”

Tribesmen holding portraits of Britain’s Prince Philip in the town of Yaohnanen, near the town of Yakel, a remote Pacific village on the island of Tanna

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On the island of Tanna – part of Vanuatu– one group believed him to be a god.

The heavily spiritual group around the village of Yaohnanen and surrounding villages felt the Duke of Edinburgh was the reincarnation of an ancient warrior who left the island to fight a war and who, legend foretold, would return with a rich white wife.

Colin Drury has more on how they were expected to mark the duke’s death:

Additional reporting by Reuters

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Readers’ views on BBC coverage

Some of our readers have expressed their views about the BBC coverage of Prince Philip’s death.

Read here:

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‘The warm-up man’

Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell has shared his thoughts on the Prince Philip’s relationship with the Queen.

“Everything within the house of Windsor was run by Prince Philip and she let him do that. That was his job,” he said. “And his job was also to be the warm-up man and to be the funny side of their double act.”

Ellie Abraham has the full story:

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Prince Philip’s funeral: A timeline of the day’s events

Preparations for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral are well underway, with just four days to do until the royal family gathers for Prince Philip’s final send-off.

Kate Ng takes a look at the schedule for Saturday’s funeral:

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Cara Delevingne shares photograph of grandmother with Prince Philip

Supermodel Cara Delevingne has shared a photograph of her grandmother Angela Delevingne with a young Prince Philip taken on a beach in Venice in 1938.

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