Prince Philip, the Queen's husband, dies

By Lauren Said-Moorhouse, Aditi Sangal, Eliza Mackintosh, Melissa Macaya, Melissa Mahtani, Veronica Rocha and Fernando Alfonso III, CNN

Updated 6:58 p.m. ET, April 9, 2021
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11:16 a.m. ET, April 9, 2021

Prince Philip's funeral to be held in Windsor; public asked to stay away

From CNN's David Wilkinson and Max Foster

Funeral arrangements for The Duke of Edinburgh are expected to be confirmed by Buckingham Palace on Saturday, April 10, according to a royal source.

CNN understands that plans for royal funerals have been in place for many years, but the ceremonial elements have had to be altered due to current COVID restrictions in the UK. 

Earlier on Friday, the College of Arms confirmed that Prince Philip’s funeral will be held at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, "in line with custom and with His Royal Highness's wishes."

The College of Arms, which oversees many ceremonial aspects of the royal family's work, said the ceremony would not be a state funeral and would not be preceded by a lying-in-state, which could have seen thousands of members of the public lining up to view Prince Philip's coffin.

The funeral arrangements have been revised, because of the coronavirus pandemic, it added.   

In view of the prevailing circumstances arising from the COVID-19 pandemic ... it is regretfully requested that members of the public do not attempt to attend or participate in any of the events that make up the funeral."
A sign announcing Prince Philip's death is placed on the gates of Buckingham Palace in London.
A sign announcing Prince Philip's death is placed on the gates of Buckingham Palace in London.

A young boy places flowers on the gate at Buckingham Palace in London.
A young boy places flowers on the gate at Buckingham Palace in London.

10:28 a.m. ET, April 9, 2021

English Premier League players to wear black armbands, as sporting world pays tribute to Prince Philip

From CNN’s Aditi Sangal, Aleks Klosok and Becky Thompson

Players in the English Premier League will wear black armbands, and "there will be a minute’s silence before kick-off at all Premier League matches ... across the weekend," to mark the death of Prince Philip, the organization has announced.

The Premier League is just one of many UK sports governing bodies and clubs paying tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh on social media on Friday.

British Olympic Association (BOA) chair Sir Hugh Robertson offered his "sincere condolences" to the Queen and the royal family.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award acknowledged the passing of its founder and patron:

  

Liverpool Football Club announced that it will fly its flags at half-mast as a mark of respect.

The Welsh Rugby Union tweeted that Prince Philip's legacy of public service was "a lasting one."

The England and Wales Cricket Board tweeted: "We owe him a great debt for his support and passion over many decades.”

 

10:10 a.m. ET, April 9, 2021

Former British prime ministers pay respects to Prince Philip

David Cameron said in a statement:

He showed true dedication to our country, with unstinting service stretching back to his courageous naval duty in the Second World War. He has been a huge part of our national life since long before most of us were born.
It was an honour and privilege as Prime Minister to see up close what a powerful advocate the Duke was for the causes he believed in.
He leaves an incredible legacy, having supported so many British charities, institutions and good causes, not least pioneering his very own Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, which millions of young people have participated in and benefited from all over the world since 1956.

Tony Blair said in a statement:

Our whole nation will be united in sadness at the passing of Prince Philip. He will naturally be most recognised as a remarkable and steadfast support to the Queen over so many years. However, he should also be remembered and celebrated in his own right as a man of foresight, determination and courage.
He was often way ahead of his time in protection of the environment, in reconciliation between religious faiths and of course in the creation of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, which remains one of the most innovative and effective programmes for the betterment of young people anywhere in the world.
My condolences and prayers and those of my family are with Her Majesty the Queen and all the Royal Family.

Sir John Major said in a statement:

It is impossible to exaggerate the role that HRH the Duke of Edinburgh has played in his lifetime of service to the Monarchy and to the United Kingdom. A distinguished naval officer, he was – for over seventy years – the ballast to our Ship of State.
Modest to the core, and hating any kind of fuss or bother, he epitomised the British spirit and remained true to himself right up to the very end.
The outpouring of affection and sadness that will follow his loss would both surprise and embarrass him, but it will be real and heartfelt.
Our hearts go out to HM the Queen – and all members of the Royal Family – who have lost a much beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
9:52 a.m. ET, April 9, 2021

Prince Philip: A life in pictures, 1921-2021

While primarily known for his marriage to the Queen, Prince Philip was an extraordinary figure in his own right. He was born into the turmoil of inter-war Europe and became a naval officer, who was decorated for heroism in World War II.

Philip's life was dramatic from the outset. The nephew of Greece's King Constantine I, the Prince of Greece and Denmark was born in 1921 on the dining room table of a villa on the Greek island of Corfu.

He was forced into exile just 18 months later, when the Greek monarchy was overthrown by a military revolt. His family's experience shaped Philip's later desire to modernize the British royal family, in the hope that they would seem more relevant to the Queen's subjects.

Prince Philip is dressed for a production of "Macbeth" while attending school in Scotland in July 1935.
Prince Philip is dressed for a production of "Macbeth" while attending school in Scotland in July 1935.

Prince Philip sits with his fiancee, Princess Elizabeth, in July 1947. He had become a naturalized British citizen and a commoner, using the surname Mountbatten, an English translation of his mother's maiden name. He was also an officer in the British Royal Navy and fought in World War II.
Prince Philip sits with his fiancee, Princess Elizabeth, in July 1947. He had become a naturalized British citizen and a commoner, using the surname Mountbatten, an English translation of his mother's maiden name. He was also an officer in the British Royal Navy and fought in World War II.

Philip and Elizabeth hold their children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne, in August 1951.
Philip and Elizabeth hold their children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne, in August 1951.

See more photos of Prince Philip's life:

9:53 a.m. ET, April 9, 2021

Prince Philip was a "modernizer" with a "quick wit," royal biographer says

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

Douglas Miller/Keystone/Getty Images
Douglas Miller/Keystone/Getty Images

Prince Philip was "his own man," Sally Bedell Smith, who has written biographies about Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles, told CNN's Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto.

"He had a really independent mind, and he was a modernizer," she said. 

"By the '80s, he had written nine books. He was the first person in the royal family to use television. He did a television documentary. He persuaded the Queen in 1957 to televise her annual Christmas message. And he even taught her how to use a teleprompter. He was the first member of the royal family to use a computer … He picked up the phone, but also wrote all his own emails. He wrote his speeches. He was a man of searching intellect, great curiosity,” Bedell Smith said. 

"He had a very quick wit. And I think people often misinterpreted that as gaffes," Bedell Smith said. She shared a memory of him in 2015 ribbing her as "desperate" for having written biographies of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles. 

Bedell Smith also discussed the close relationship between the Queen and Prince Philip, explaining that he would "watch her like a laser" at events. 

"He never kept her out of his sight, and he would, if he saw somebody — a little kid in particular — who was having trouble seeing the Queen or getting close to her, I saw him literally pick up a child and put him in front of the barricade so the Queen could say hello," she said. 

A good friend of the family once told Bedell Smith that there was always a "laugh around the corner" between the couple. "They shared many duties, but they also shared … a great sense of humor," she said. 

9:45 a.m. ET, April 9, 2021

Obituary: Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip, longtime consort to Queen Elizabeth II

From CNN's Laura Smith-Spark and Luke McGee

The most famous family on earth is mourning the loss of its patriarch.

Prince Philip, the husband of British monarch Queen Elizabeth II, has died, Buckingham Palace announced on Friday. He was 99.

The Duke of Edinburgh -- who married the then-Princess Elizabeth in 1947 -- was the longest-serving consort in British history.

He will be remembered for his charitable work, his dedication to public service and, of course, his mischievous and controversial sense of humor.

Phillip once jokingly referred to himself as "the world's most experienced plaque unveiler."

But as a child born into the turmoil of interwar Europe, and a naval officer decorated for heroism during World War II, the Duke of Edinburgh was an extraordinary figure in his own right.

Read CNN's full obituary here:

9:29 a.m. ET, April 9, 2021

British MPs plan tribute to Prince Philip

From CNN's Aditi Sangal

British Members of Parliament will pay tribute to Prince Philip in a special session on Monday, April 12, the House of Commons announced via its Twitter account on Friday.

The account tweeted a message of sympathy to the Royal Family, along with a statement from the Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle:

9:22 a.m. ET, April 9, 2021

Election campaigning put on hold following Prince Philip's death

From CNN's Kevin Taverner

A number of elections are scheduled to take place across the UK on May 6 -- including some which were postponed from May last year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Following news of Prince Philip's death on Friday, many political parties announced they would suspend campaigning for the day, as a sign of respect.

9:21 a.m. ET, April 9, 2021

Former royal household staffer remembers Philip

From CNN's David Wilkinson

James Roscoe was Communications Secretary to the Queen from 2013 to 2017. He posted his memories of Prince Philip on Twitter on Friday, sharing what it was like to see first-hand how important the Duke of Edinburgh's causes were to him: