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Prince Philip, 99, was the longest-serving consort in British history.
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Prince Philip dies aged 99 LIVE: Buckingham Palace lead tributes following death of Duke of Edinburgh
Last updated: Friday, 09 April, 2021, 15:35
- The Duke of Edinburgh has died, Buckingham Palace announced
- Prince Philip was 99
- Nicola Sturgeon pays tribute to Prince Philip
Prince Philip: Wave of tributes in wake of Duke of Edinburgh’s death, as parties suspend campaigning
‘Philip had a deep love for Scotland’: Wave of tributes in wake of Prince Philip’s death, as parties suspend campaigning
Tributes have poured in and Scottish political parties have suspended their Holyrood election campaigns, after Buckingham Palace announced this afternoon that the Duke of Edinburgh has died.
The Government is advising the public not to gather by or leave flowers at royal residences and to continue following coronavirus rules following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.
Prince Philip: Duke of Edinburgh’s death means cancellation of EastEnders, MasterChef, Coronation Street and Emmerdale as BBC One and ITV pull programmes
The BBC has cleared its TV schedule for the rest of Friday following the death of Prince Philip – meaning the MasterChef final and EastEnders will not air as originally planned.
Westminster Abbey will toll its tenor bell once every 60 seconds, 99 times, from 6pm on Friday evening in tribute to the duke, the abbey said.
Philip’s connection with Cambridge University was ‘greatest pleasure’
Cambridge University was “fortunate beyond measure” to have the Duke of Edinburgh as its chancellor for 35 years, a former vice-chancellor of the prestigious institution has said.
Philip, who has died aged 99, was Cambridge University’s chancellor from 1976 to 2011.
He would confer honorary degrees in a grand annual ceremony and visited Cambridge several times a year to talk to students and researchers and to discuss university business with the vice-chancellor.
The duke was particularly interested in engineering and in conservation, with the university creating the Prince Philip Professorship of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology to mark the 30th anniversary of his chancellorship in 2007.
Speaking at an event in 2007 to celebrate 30 years of his chancellorship, the duke told those present that he was prevented from attending university himself by the Second World War.
He said that the result was that he began his university career “at the wrong end”, becoming a chancellor without ever having been a student.
He also told listeners that his connection with Cambridge had been “fascinating, and the greatest pleasure for me ever since (my election)”.
Royal families of Europe pay tribute to ‘great friend’ Philip
European royal families have paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, remembering him as a “great friend” who “never ceased to leave an unforgettable impression”.
The Dutch royal family offered its “heartfelt sympathy” to the Queen.
The official Twitter account of the Royal House of the Netherlands posted a message from King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and Princess Beatrix.
They said: “It is with great respect that we remember His Royal Highness Prince Philip.
“Throughout his long life, he committed himself with dedication to the British people and to his many duties and responsibilities.
“His lively personality never ceased to leave an unforgettable impression.
“Our deepest and most heartfelt sympathy goes out to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and all the members of the Royal Family.”
King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden said in a statement that Philip remained “an inspiration to us all”.
He said: “The Queen and I were deeply saddened to learn of the death of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh.
“Prince Philip has been a great friend of our family for many years, a relation which we have deeply valued.
“His service to his country will remain an inspiration to us all.
“We offer our sincere condolences to Her Majesty the Queen, the royal family and the people of the United Kingdom.”
The Belgian Royal Palace said it was “deeply saddened” by Philip’s death, tweeting a tribute from the country’s King and Queen along with photos of the family with Philip.
“Deeply saddened by the passing away of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” the palace said.
“We wish to express our deepest condolences to Her Majesty The Queen, the British Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom.
“Philippe and Mathilde.”
Norway’s King Harald said in a statement: “Our thoughts are with Queen Elizabeth and the rest of her family. We also send our condolences to the British people.”
An update on the Royal House of Norway’s website said the news of Philip’s death had been received with “great sorrow” and included photos of the Duke of Edinburgh over the years, including while on a state visit to Oslo in 1955.
It noted: “His Majesty has decided that a flag will be flown at half-mast from the Palace balcony today and on the day of the funeral.”
ITV announce schedule changes
ITV announced changes to its Friday schedule following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.
It said: “ITV News will broadcast continuous coverage throughout the afternoon, celebrating Prince Philip’s life, his unique contribution to British history, and looking back at his decades of service to the Queen and the country.”
Programmes include a specially commissioned film, Prince Philip: Duke Of Edinburgh, featuring “personal testimony” and “rich archive content” and a documentary special, Prince Philip: A Royal Life.
Duke of Edinburgh’s death makes headlines around the world
News of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death at the age of 99 has made headlines around the world.
Philip’s sense of humour, strong support for his wife and occasional gaffes were remembered in the coverage.
The New York Times said the duke “brought the monarchy into the 20th century, but his occasional frank comments hurt his image”.
The newspaper added: “As ‘the first gentleman in the land’, Philip tried to shepherd into the 20th century a monarchy encrusted with the trappings of the 19th.
“But as pageantry was upstaged by scandal, as regal weddings were followed by sensational divorces, his mission, as he saw it, changed.
“Now it was to help preserve the crown itself.”
The Times of India also reported Philip’s death as one of its lead stories.
The newspaper said the duke “earned a reputation for a tough, no-nonsense attitude and a propensity for occasional gaffes”.
The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper said in an obituary of Philip that Australians appreciated the duke’s “irreverent directness”.
The newspaper also reports Australia’s governor-general David Hurley describing Philip’s death as a “sad and historic day”.
Royal drama The Crown ‘deeply saddened’ by death of Duke of Edinburgh
The makers of royal drama The Crown have said they are “deeply saddened” by the news of the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.
Philip was played by Doctor Who star Matt Smith in the first two series of the lavish Netflix series, opposite Claire Foy as the Queen.
He was replaced by Outlander actor Tobias Menzies for series three and four, opposite Olivia Colman as the Queen.
The first series followed the earlier days of the relationship between the Queen and Philip, while the second series dramatised tensions in the marriage.
Later episodes showed his interest in and passion for space travel.
A statement from the show, written by Peter Morgan, said: “Netflix, Left Bank Pictures, Sony Pictures Television and the production team on The Crown are deeply saddened to hear of the death of The Duke of Edinburgh.
“Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this sad time.”
Holyrood election campaigning suspended as tributes paid to Duke of Edinburgh
Scotland’s major political parties have suspended campaigning for the Holyrood election following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.
The SNP, Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats and the Scottish Greens have all said they will cease campaigning, as tributes are paid to Prince Philip.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was among those paying tribute north of the border.
She said in a statement: “On behalf of the people of Scotland, I would like to express my deepest sympathy to Her Majesty The Queen and the rest of the royal family.
“Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time and their grief is shared by people across the country.
“The Duke of Edinburgh had deep and longstanding ties to Scotland, attending school here at Gordonstoun and regularly holidaying at Balmoral Castle.
“From his patronage of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme, to his close association with the University of Edinburgh as chancellor for over 50 years and his commitments to countless charities and organisations, Prince Philip’s long contribution to public life in Scotland will leave a profound mark on its people.”
Anne Jessopp, chief executive of the Royal Mint, said: “On behalf of everyone at the Royal Mint, I’d like to express our great sadness and heartfelt condolences at the passing of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh."
BBC suspend planned programming
The BBC said that planned programming had been suspended following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.
“With the sad news that HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, has died, there is now special coverage across all BBC networks to mark his life of extraordinary public service and planned scheduling has been suspended,” it said in a statement.
Dozens of wellwishers have lined the gates outside Windsor Castle to lay flowers and pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh.
Parliament recalled for Duke of Edinburgh tributes
Parliament will be recalled from its Easter recess to allow MPs and peers to pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh.
Downing Street and parliamentary officials confirmed the move to reconvene both Houses on Monday, a day earlier than scheduled.
The House of Commons is expected to meet from 2.30pm on Monday while the House of Lords is finalising its arrangements.
Teresa May pays tribute to Prince Philip
Former prime minister Theresa May tweeted: “All my thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty and the whole Royal Family today on the loss of a devoted husband, father, grandfather & great grandfather.
“The nation and the entire Commonwealth owe Prince Philip an extraordinary debt of gratitude for a distinguished life of service to the Queen, our country and so many around the world.”