LONDON—Military groups throughout the U.Ok. and on ships at sea fired 41-gun salutes Saturday to mark the dying of Prince Philip, honoring the previous naval officer and husband of Queen Elizabeth II who they thought of one among their very own.
Batteries in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, and Belfast—the capitals of the 4 nations that make up the United Kingdom—in addition to different cities across the UK and the Mediterranean outpost of Gibraltar fired the volleys at one-minute intervals starting at mid-day. Ships together with HMS Montrose, a frigate patrolling the Persian Gulf, supplied their very own salutes.
Philip, who was also called the Duke of Edinburgh, died Friday at Windsor Castle, two months earlier than his one centesimal birthday.
“The Duke of Edinburgh served among us during the Second World War, and he remained devoted to the Royal Navy and the Armed Forces as a whole,” Gen. Nick Carter, chief of the protection workers, stated in an announcement. “A life well-lived. His Royal Highness leaves us with a legacy of indomitable spirit, steadfastness and an unshakable sense of duty.”
Members of the Commonwealth, a gaggle of 54 international locations headed by the monarch, have been additionally invited to honor Philip. The Australian Defense Force started its salute at 5 p.m. native time exterior Parliament House in Canberra, and New Zealand deliberate to supply its personal tribute on Sunday.
Philip joined the Royal Navy as a cadet in 1939 and as soon as had a promising army profession. In 1941, he was honored for his service in the course of the battle of Cape Matapan off the coast of Greece, when his management of searchlights aboard the HMS Valiant allowed the battleship to pinpoint enemy vessels at midnight. Philip rose to the rank of commander earlier than he retired from energetic obligation.
Two years after the conflict ended, Philip married Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey when she was 21 and he was 26. Philip’s naval profession got here to an abrupt finish when King George VI died in 1952 and his spouse turned queen.
At the queen’s coronation in 1953, Philip swore to be his spouse’s “liege man of life and limb” and settled right into a life supporting the monarch. The couple had 4 youngsters—Charles, the inheritor to the throne, Anne, Andrew, and Edward.
Before he retired from official duties in 2017, the prince carried out greater than 22,000 solo public engagements and supported over 780 organizations, together with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for younger folks.
Members of the general public continued to honor Philip’s lifetime of service on Saturday, leaving flowers exterior Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle regardless of appeals from authorities and the royal household to chorus from gathering due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Danica Kirka