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Britain mourns Prince Philip after his death aged 99

Emily Cleary
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Mourners gather outside Buckingham Palace after Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth, died at the age of 99, in London, Britain, April 9, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Mourners gathered outside Buckingham Palace after Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth, died at the age of 99 on Friday morning (REUTERS/Hannah McKay)

As news of Prince Philip's death spread across the world on Friday, tributes flooded in and mourners flocked to Royal residences to pay their respects.

The Duke of Edinburgh - Queen Elizabeth II's husband - died aged 99 on Friday morning, Buckingham Palace announced.

A statement issued by the palace just after midday spoke of the Queen's "deep sorrow" following his death at Windsor Castle on Friday morning.

A mourner brings flowers to Buckingham Palace after it was announced that Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth, has died at the age of 99, in London, Britain, April 9, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Flowers were laid outside Buckingham Palace in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh (REUTERS/Hannah McKay)
Britain's Prince Philip leaves King Edward VII's Hospital in London, Britain March 16, 2021. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Prince Philip was pictured leaving King Edward VII's Hospital in London on 16 March 16 after spending a month under observation and being treated for various ailments (REUTERS/Peter Cziborra)

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"It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband," the palace said. "The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss."

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Philip, who was the longest-serving consort in British history, had returned to Windsor on 16 March after a month in hospital.

News was posted on the official Buckingham Palace website, and tributes were paid to the prince from Piccadilly Circus to Aintree Raceourse.

The electronic billboard at Piccadilly Circus displays a tribute to Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in central London on April 9, 2021 after the announcement of the duke's death. - Queen Elizabeth II's husband Prince Philip, who recently spent more than a month in hospital and underwent a heart procedure, died on April 9, 2021, Buckingham Palace announced. He was 99. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP) (Photo by NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP via Getty Images)
The electronic billboard at Piccadilly Circus displayed a tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh on Friday afternoon (Niklas Helle'n / AFP)
Tributes were paid from Piccadilly Circus to Aintree (PA images)
Another electronic tribute, this time at Aintree racecourse ahead of the 2021 Grand National Festiva (PA images)
Tributes were paid from Piccadilly Circus to Aintree (PA images)
Buckingham Palace's official website announced the news of Prince Philip's death on Friday lunchtime (royal.uk)

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As people flocked to Royal residences to lay flowers and pay their respects to the 99-year-old prince, authorities urging them to stay at home due to the threat of coronavirus being spread.

Asked why she made the half-an-hour journey from Wokingham to Windsor to pay her respects, gym owner Mary Marrison, 40, told the PA news agency: “I think it’s what makes us British, having a monarchy.

A man walking a dog approaches the floral at the railings at the front of Buckingham Palace in central London on April 9, 2021 after the annoucement of the death of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. - Queen Elizabeth II's husband Prince Philip, who recently spent more than a month in hospital and underwent a heart procedure, died on April 9, 2021, Buckingham Palace announced. He was 99. (Photo by Tolga Akmen / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
Flowers at the railings in front of Buckingham Palace are left in tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh who recently spent more than a month in hospital and underwent a heart procedure (Tolga Akmen / AFP)

“And he’s been the support of our monarch for all of our lives, and I feel like he deserves the respect.”

Flags were flown at half mast in Downing Street and at Royal residences including Balmoral and Buckingham Palace.

The Lion rampant flies at half mast at Balmoral Castle in Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, following the announcement of the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, who has died at the age of 99. Picture date: Friday April 9, 2021. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Lion rampant flag flies at half mast at Balmoral Castle in Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, following the announcement of the death of the Duke of Edinburgh (Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - APRIL 09:  The Union flag flies at half mast to mark the death of the Duke Of Edinburgh at Edinburgh Castle on April 09, 2021 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. HRH passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
The Union flag at half mast at Edinburgh Castle (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Patsy and John Parnell, who live in Windsor, said they would wave at the Duke of Edinburgh at events they had attended.

The couple were among dozens of people gathered outside Windsor Castle to lay flowers for Philip.

Mr Parnell said. “We’ve walked up and down this road for a long, long time and just feel like the man has reached the ripe old age of 99 and he’s done great things.

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“From my point of view this is the first real big dent in the royal family.

“I know they’ve had their ups and downs but this one is so serious, I mean now she (the Queen) is on her own.

“He’s not an easy man to understand, he kept himself to himself, but nevertheless you have to admire that he was a man of principle.

“He stood by his wife and he never veered from duty, I can’t find any fault in him.”

Philip dies aged 99 (PA)
A young girl lays flowers at the Cambridge Gate of Windsor Castle on Friday afternoon as tributes to the Duke of Edinburgh poured in (Victoria Jones/PA)
Philip dies aged 99 (PA)
Floral tributes have been laid at Windsor Castle, but authorities are urging people not to travel to pay their respects, due to fears of coronavirus transmission (PA)

As crowds grew in Windsor and outside Buckingham Palace, the Cabinet Office issued a statement saying it was "supporting" the Royal household by urging people not to meet and gather near royal houses, or leave floral tributes at the sites.

It is thought the measures are being encouraged to avoid any risk of coronavirus spread amid concerns that large crowds could start to gather.

The statement from the Cabinet Office read: "The sad death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh has been announced by Buckingham Palace.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 09, 2021: People gather outside Buckingham Palace to pay tribute to Prince Philip following the announcement of his death, on 09 April, 2021 in London, England. The Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen's husband of more than seventy years, has died this morning at the age of 99 at Windsor Castle. (Photo credit should read Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Mourners gathered outside Buckingham Palace on Friday afternoon (Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

“Although this is an extraordinarily difficult time for many, we are asking the public not to gather at Royal Residences, and continue to follow public health advice particularly on avoiding meeting in large groups and on minimising travel.

“We are supporting the Royal Household in asking that floral tributes should not be laid at Royal Residences at this time.”

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