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Britain's Prince Philip dies at the age of 99
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What you need to know

  • Prince Philip has died: He was 99. Philip, the lifelong companion of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, died at Windsor Castle on Friday morning, following a recent stay in the hospital.
  • Tributes pour in: The Duke of Edinburgh was remembered by world leaders for his charitable work and his dedication to public service.
  • His funeral: The duke’s funeral will be held at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The public has been asked to stay away from funeral events because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Looking back at Prince Philip's life

Prince Philip, the lifelong companion of Queen Elizabeth II and the longest-serving consort in British history, died at Windsor Castle on Friday morning. He was 99.

We’re wrapping up our live coverage, but if you’re looking for more on Philip’s life, you can…

President Biden says he admires that Prince Philip never slowed down, even at 99 years old

US President Joe Biden expressed condolences on the death of Prince Philip telling reporters the late royal was “a heck of a guy.”

Biden, speaking from the Oval Office, praised Philip for “his lifetime of service to the United Kingdom and the whole commonwealth,” adding “we really do express our condolences for extraordinary life that was led by the Prince, and I think he’s going to be missed, particularly in the United Kingdom.”

“99 years old,” Biden added, “he never slowed down at all, which I admire the devil out of.”

Prince of Wales visited the Queen on Friday, source says

Charles, the Prince of Wales, visited his mother the Queen on Friday afternoon traveling from his Gloucestershire home to Windsor Castle, a royal source told CNN.

The source also said the Prince of Wales had been in constant contact with his father since his hospitalization in February.

US Vice President Harris: Prince Philip brought a "profound sense of purpose to all he did"

US Vice President Kamala Harris just released a statement on the death of Prince Philip.

“His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, led a long, remarkable life—the hallmarks of which were loyalty and service,” Harris said.

“From his decorated service in the Royal Navy during World War II to his long marriage and partnership with Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, he dedicated himself fully to his family, his country, and the Commonwealth. Whether he was promoting environmentalism or the wellbeing of military families, he brought a profound sense of purpose to all he did,” she continued.

Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff also sent their condolences.

Go There: CNN reports from outside Buckingham Palace on reactions to Prince Philip's death

Britain’s Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has died at the age of 99. It is unclear what kind of funeral events will be able to take place given the UK’s current coronavirus restrictions.

CNN reporter Anna Stewart was live in London outside Buckingham Palace and answered viewers’ questions.

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Gun salutes will be fired across the UK Saturday to mark Prince Philip's death

Saluting batteries will fire 41 rounds at one round per minute across the United Kingdom, Gibraltar and on British navy ships at sea on noon on Saturday, to mark the death of Britain’s Prince Philip, the British Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Friday.

“In London, The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery will ride out from their base at Napier Lines, Woolwich Barracks, onto the Parade Ground with 71 horses, 36 of them pulling six 13-pounder field guns dating from the First World War,” the statement said. “Their guns will fire at the same time as those fired by the Honourable Artillery Company’s Light Guns at the Tower of London and by units from all corners of the United Kingdom including Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh, and British Overseas Territory Gibraltar. At sea, guns will be fired from Royal Navy saluting warships.”

“The same guns used in Woolwich Barracks today were also fired for Prince Philip’s wedding to Her Majesty in 1947 and at Her Majesty’s coronation six years later in 1953,” the statement added. 

Addressing the Duke of Edinburgh’s passing, the British Secretary of Defense, Ben Wallace, remembered Prince Philip as a “constant supporter and ambassador of the Armed Forces.”

“We celebrate his life of service and offer our condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family,” Wallace added, according to the statement.

Here’s a list of locations where the gun salutes will be fired starting noon (7 a.m. ET) on Saturday:

  • Belfast, Hillsborough Castle, 105th Regiment Royal Artillery
  • Cardiff, Cardiff Castle, 104th Regiment Royal Artillery
  • Edinburgh, Edinburgh Castle, 105th Regiment Royal Artillery
  • Gibraltar, The Royal Gibraltar Regiment
  • London, Woolwich Barracks, The King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery
  • London, HM Tower of London, The Honourable Artillery Company
  • HMNB Devonport
  • HMNB Portsmouth, HMNB Portsmouth
  • Sea saluting stations: ships at sea and safe to fire include: HMS DIAMOND, HMS MONTROSE

CNN bureau chief recalls unforgettable train trip with Prince Philip

People around the world have been sharing their memories of Prince Philip, following his death at the age of 99 on Friday. 

CNN’s Hong Kong Bureau Chief, Roger Clark, recalls meeting the Prince twice, once at a reception at Windsor Castle, and a second time in what he says was “much more of an unusual occurrence.”

“It happened on an ordinary passenger train from London to the west of England,” Clark says. “I took my seat just before the train left the station. Once I got settled, I noticed a chap sitting across the aisle reading a book. He looked familiar, but he was wearing thick-rimmed glasses, so it took a few seconds for me to realise it was Prince Philip. 
“He was on a private trip and minding his own business. He only had a detective and private secretary with him, no huge entourage.
“About an hour into the journey he got up from his seat to walk off to the toilet. On his way back, just before he took his seat, I decided to strike up a short conversation. 
“I told him that I thought he and Queen Elizabeth did a great job. He smiled, said thank you and added that he’d tell the Queen. 
“During the trip, I couldn’t help but notice that there was a copy of a newspaper on the table next to where he was sitting. It had a big picture of Camilla on the front page. Curiosity clearly did not get the better of him — that newspaper was left completely undisturbed for the entire duration of the journey. 
“I’ll always remember that train trip – after all, it’s not often people like me travel with the royals!”

Prince Philip's Duke of Edinburgh charity remembers their "inspirational and committed champion"

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award charity (DofE) released a statement acknowledging the death of their founder, Prince Philip.

“Sixty-five years ago, HRH Prince Philip established The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The DofE has become one of The Duke’s most remarkable achievements and is woven into the fabric of the UK, equipping and empowering young people from all communities to build the skills, confidence, and resilience they need to make the most out of life and make a difference to the world around them,” the statement said.

“Whilst the charity mourns the loss of its founder, it celebrates His Royal Highness’ incredible legacy,” it continued.

Ruth Marvel, CEO of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, said:

“The Duke’s timeless vision for young people has never been more relevant or needed. The DofE has played a crucial role in supporting young people to survive and thrive despite the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic, and we will continue to build on his legacy.”

“The Duke was a lifelong advocate for young people, believing in each individual’s potential and creating in the DofE what he saw as a ‘do-it-yourself growing up kit’. We’re honoured to continue HRH’s work, to ensure that all young people – especially those from marginalised groups – can benefit from the better educational outcomes, employment prospects, community ties and better mental health that are associated with doing DofE,” Marvel added.

In the UK alone, 6.7 million young people have benefitted from taking on the personal challenge of a DofE Award so far, the statement said.

The charity is calling for anyone involved in the DofE over the decades – including alumni and volunteers – to get in touch and share their DofE stories and memories at DofE.org.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle honor Prince Philip on their organization's site: "You will be greatly missed"

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reacted to the news of the death of Prince Philip Friday by posting a message on the website of their charitable organization, Archewell.

Set on a full-screen dark background, the message reads: “In loving memory of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, 1921-2021. Thank you for your service… you will be greatly missed.” 

World leaders pay tribute to Prince Philip

Commonwealth leaders have led global tributes to Prince Philip, as presidents, prime ministers and politicians around the world offer their condolences.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau remembered Prince Philip as a man of “great service to others,” in a statement, adding that he was “the patron of more than forty organizations in Canada, including the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute.”

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison tweeted that Prince Philip was “no stranger” to the country, having visited on more than 20 occasions, adding that he had strong connections to many Australian organizations and the Australian Defence Force.

“Australians send our love and deepest condolences to Her Majesty and all the Royal family. The Commonwealth family joins together in sorrow and thanksgiving for the loss and life of Prince Philip. God bless from all here in Australia,” he tweeted.

Other world leaders have also paid their respects, including Russian President Vladamir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who both offered their sympathies to Queen Elizabeth.

Former US President George W. Bush and his wife, former First Lady Laura Bush, recalled Prince Philip’s “dignity,” “boundless strength,” “charm” and “wit.” They said he would be missed.

Former US President Barack Obama also paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, tweeting that Prince Philip “proved that true partnership has room for both ambition and selflessness — all in service of something greater.”

Here's a look at Prince Philip's ancestry

Prince Philip was born into the royal families of Greece and Denmark on the Greek island of Corfu on June 10, 1921.

He left Greece aged 18 months with his family when King Constantine was forced to abdicate after a revolt by Greece’s war-stretched military forces.

The family moved first to Paris and later, in 1928, to England. He had an itinerant childhood, educated variously in the UK, France, and Germany.

Prince Philip's commitment to the environment "never really faded," World Wildlife Fund's director general says

At the news of Prince Philip’s passing, World Wildlife Fund International’s Director General Marco Lambertini said “it’s a very sad day” for the organization because of the Duke of Edinburgh’s role in its formation.

“Prince Philip helped form WWF 60 years ago, in fact, this very month, April 1961. It’s been associated with WWF for all the 60 years of our history. It’s a day with a heavy heart,” he told CNN.

Beyond the organization, Prince Philip “played a role, broadly speaking, in shaping the thinking of the conservation movement at the time. He was definitely, personally, deeply and genuinely passionate about nature. And also, he was also a tireless champion for the environment … He was a true visionary.”

The Duke also passed on his passion for nature to his children and grandchildren, Lambertini said.

“This is a passion that Prince Philip, a commitment, that never really faded,” he added. “I heard … he was always there for his family, his wife, the Queen. Well, he’s been always there for the environment too.”

Royal family's website launches online book of condolence for Prince Philip

An online book of condolence has been launched on the Royal Family’s official website, allowing the public to leave messages of sympathy following the death of Prince Philip.

The family has asked members of the public to “consider making a donation to a charity instead of leaving floral tributes in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh.”

“During the coronavirus pandemic, and in light of current Government advice and social distancing guidelines, modified funeral and ceremonial arrangements for His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh are being considered by Her Majesty the Queen,” said a statement from Buckingham Palace.

“With the safety and wellbeing of the public in mind, and in accordance with Government guidelines, members of the public are asked not to gather in crowds,” it added. “Those wishing to express their condolences are asked to do so in the safest way possible, and not to gather at Royal Residences.”

A special relationship: The royal romance between Prince Philip and the Queen

When Elizabeth of York first encountered Prince Philip, she was not intended to be queen. She was seven years old and serving as a bridesmaid to her aunt, Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark, at her wedding to the Duke of Kent at Westminster Abbey, while 12-year-old Philip was attending as the bride’s first cousin.

The children barely spoke – but foreign newspapers had already listed Prince Philip as a suitably royal husband for the little Princess, as her third cousin through Queen Victoria.

The royal family arrive at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth in 1939. Left to right are Prince Philip, Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth, King George VI and Princess Elizabeth. The young Princess Elizabeth would be dazzled by the young naval cadet on this visit. 

When they met again five years later, in 1939, everything had changed. Elizabeth’s uncle, Edward VIII, had abdicated three years earlier. Her father was now King and she was the heir to the throne. Philip was an 18-year-old naval cadet. And Europe was on the brink of cataclysmic conflict and change, with World War II about to begin.

“How high he can jump!” Elizabeth said to her governess, Marion Crawford, in July 1939 when she saw Philip leaping over the tennis nets at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth.

Elizabeth had led a very sheltered life with her family, spending most of her time with her sister and governess. Touring the college with her parents and sister, she was dazzled by the star cadet, who would soon be off on active service.

Elizabeth’s fascination was obvious to all and was most gratifying to Philip’s uncle, Dickie Mountbatten, who was hopeful of encouraging a marriage – with himself as the power behind the throne.

During the war, Philip wrote to Elizabeth and came to stay at Christmas in 1943. Elizabeth was 17 and a young woman. Philip found her very appealing. She was not only attractive and witty, but she was cheerful and practical, very unlike his own fragile mother.

At the end of the war, Philip came to court Elizabeth with serious intent and took her out to concerts and restaurants or dined in the nursery with Princess Margaret.

The Palace was dubious about the match. The King and Queen wished her to “see more of the world” before marrying, and courtiers discussed how Philip was “no gentleman,” “ill tempered” and possibly fickle – he signed visitors’ books as of “no fixed abode.”

But Elizabeth refused to be swayed. She had been determined on Philip since the age of 13 and war had only intensified the romance. The King gave in and the engagement was announced on July 8, 1947, with the wedding date fixed for November 20.

Elizabeth and Philip make their way down the aisle of Westminster Abbey on their wedding day, November 20, 1947. 

Read the full love story here.

Prince Philip helped bring the monarchy into the 21st century, says former aide to Queen

Prince Philip was “an enormous support for the Queen to bring the monarchy into the second half of the 20th century and into the 21st century as well,” Charles Anson, a former Press Secretary to Queen Elizabeth, told CNN.

The Duke of Edinburgh was “constantly a man open to new ideas and themes,” he said.

Anson, who worked for the Queen in the 1990s, said Philip was “committed to supporting the Queen on every occasion, whether it’s a happy one or a more difficult task with members of the family or a sad occasion.”

The Prince also pursued his own professional life in support of the monarchy through wide-ranging public duties, Anson explained, adding that he was a man of action and ideas.

“He also liked to see those ideas translated into action to make a better society,” he said. “His goal was to make a better world.”

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President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden send condolences to the Queen and the UK

US President Joe Biden and his wife, First Lady Jill Biden, have offered their condolences to the Queen, the royal family and the United Kingdom, saying they were keeping the Queen and Prince Philip’s children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren “in our hearts during this time.”

On behalf of all the people of the United States, we send our deepest condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the entire Royal Family, and all the people of the United Kingdom on the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
Over the course of his 99-year life, he saw our world change dramatically and repeatedly. From his service during World War II, to his 73 years alongside the Queen, and his entire life in the public eye — Prince Philip gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK, the Commonwealth, and to his family.
The impact of his decades of devoted public service is evident in the worthy causes he lifted up as patron, in the environmental efforts he championed, in the members of the Armed Forces that he supported, in the young people he inspired, and so much more. His legacy will live on not only through his family, but in all the charitable endeavors he shaped.

A similar message was posted on the US President’s official Twitter feed:

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

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.   

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.

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

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.”

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.

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 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.

See more photos of Prince Philip’s life:

Britain's Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, poses in his military dress uniform circa 1990.

Prince Philip's life in pictures

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

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. 

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

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:

British MPs plan tribute to Prince Philip

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:

Election campaigning put on hold following Prince Philip's death

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.

Former royal household staffer remembers Philip

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:  

"It really is the end of an era," CNN historian says

CNN historian and royal expert Kate Williams said the death of Prince Philip “really is the end of an era.”

Williams said it was “so sad that he has died just a few months short of his 100th birthday.” The Duke of Edinburgh would have turned 100 on June 10.

Reflecting on Prince Philip’s legacy and the tireless work he carried out until his retirement in 2017, Williams said he was “a man who devoted service first to the monarchy, the country and his causes.”

“It was a surprise to both him and the Queen that she came to the throne so early,” Williams explained. “The King, George VI, died very young – he was just in his 50s. Both the Queen and Prince Philip expected to have many more years – that the Queen would come to throne when she was forty or so, the Duke mid-forties.”

Williams said that for the Duke, who had served “so bravely” in World War II, it was tough to take a back seat to his wife, the Queen.

“He had to give up so much, so early,” Williams said. “His naval career … it was a difficult thing for such a determined, an alpha male to then have to walk behind the Queen … but he devoted himself to it absolutely.”

Here's what the British royal family tree looks like now

With the passing of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, here’s what the British royal family tree looks like:

Royal website transitions to black amid news of Prince Philip's death

Following the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh on Friday morning, the British royal family’s website has been replaced with a black page paying tribute to the late royal.

It features the full statement previously released by Buckingham Palace and notes:

“The official website of the Royal Family is temporarily unavailable while appropriate changes are made.”

A screengrab of the official Royal website on Friday.

Prince Philip was involved in planning his own funeral, according to CNN's royal correspondent

Prince Philip was “intimately involved” in his own funeral plans, according to CNN anchor and royal correspondent Max Foster. 

The Queen’s husband wanted his military achievements and his conservation efforts reflected at his funeral, Foster said. 

There is a plan in place to mark his passing during the coronavirus pandemic, both under lockdown restrictions and outside of lockdown. 

“They can’t have the processions through London,” Foster explained. “They can’t have floral memorials, because they don’t want to encourage crowds.”
“So what I think will happen — what I assume will happen at this point — is the body will be kept at Windsor Castle. Staff and family will be able to pay their respects over the next few days and then they’ll try to come up with some sort of Covid-ready plan for a funeral, which will take place at Windsor Castle.”

Prince Philip and the Queen were “in a bubble” with some royal staff because of the pandemic, Foster reported. 

“He was her key adviser, her confidante. And behind the scenes as well, he was patriarch of the family, making a lot of the key family decisions,” Foster said. 

Max Foster reports:

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What it looks like outside Buckingham Palace now

CNN’s Anna Stewart is outside the Queen’s London residence, Buckingham Palace, following news of Prince Philip’s death. She reports that mourners are already starting to appear at the historic palace’s famous gates.

The Queen and her husband relocated to Windsor Castle, just outside the British capital, last spring when the coronavirus pandemic struck; they remained there with a small bubble of household staff.

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Tributes flood in for Prince Philip

With the news of the Duke of Edinburgh’s passing, many are taking to social media platforms to share their memories and offer their sympathy to Britain’s royal family.

Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, expressed her sadness at the news of Prince Philip’s death:

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Philip “embodied a generation that we will never see again” in a statement posted to his official Twitter account:

Meanwhile the country’s former PM, Julia Gillard, recalled “fond memories” of spending time with the Duke of Edinburgh during a royal visit to Australia – a Commonwealth member state.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said he shared the grief of those in the UK and across the Commonwealth at the loss of Prince Philip:

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted:

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said she was “saddened to hear of the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip.”

Mayor of London mourns Prince Philip

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, tweeted a statement extending his “deepest sympathies to Her Majesty The Queen and the entire Royal Family at this sad time.”

“Today, we mourn the loss of an extraordinary man, who devoted his life to public service and helping others,” he said.

Read his full statement: