LONDON — Gun salutes throughout the U.Ok., in Commonwealth nations and at sea marked the loss of life of Britain’s Prince Philip on Saturday as army leaders honored the previous naval officer and husband of Queen Elizabeth II.
Batteries of cannons and weapons fired 41 rounds at one-minute intervals beginning at noon in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast and different U.Ok. cities. The Australian Defense Force supplied its salute at 5 p.m. native time outdoors Parliament House in Canberra. A Royal Navy crew deployed in Oman, a former British protectorate, and an honor regiment in Gibraltar, a British territory, additionally gave artillery tributes to Philip.
“His Royal Highness leaves us with a legacy of indomitable spirit, steadfastness and an unshakeable sense of obligation,’’ mentioned General Nick Carter, chief of the U.Ok. Defense Staff. “From all of us who serve at this time and who’ve served, thanks.”
Also generally known as the Duke of Edinburgh, Philip served within the Royal Navy throughout World War II and as soon as had a promising army profession. He joined the Royal Navy as a cadet in 1939 and gained mentions throughout the conflict for his service aboard the battleship HMS Valiant at Cape Matapan, on Greece’s Peloponnesian peninsula. He rose to the rank of commander earlier than he retired from energetic obligation.
Two years after the conflict ended, Philip married the long run queen at Westminster Abbey when she was 21 and he was 26. His naval profession got here to an abrupt finish when King George VI died in 1952 and Elizabeth grew to become 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.
Members of the general public left flowers outdoors Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle on Saturday, ignoring appeals from authorities and the royal household to chorus from gathering due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Oh, I believe everybody’s in shock,” Maureen Field, a 67-year-old Staines resident, mentioned. “ I believe everybody wish to pay their respects. Because of the virus, lots of people have to remain away. He didn’t desire a massive funeral. He wished a really personal time along with his household to say their goodbyes. So, we’ve all bought to respect that.”
Associated Press Writer James Brooks contributed reporting.