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Gun salutes to be fired across the UK to mark the death of Prince Philip

Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh
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Gun salutes will be fired around the United Kingdom at noon on April 10th 2021 to mark the death of The Duke of Edinburgh.

Royal Navy ships at sea will join the tributes which will also take place in London, Edinburgh, Belfast and Cardiff as well as in Gibraltar.

The 41 gun salutes will start at noon with one round fired every minute.

Military tributes got under way early on Saturday morning when members of the Household Cavalry gave a salute and took part in a two minute silence opposite Windsor Castle where the Duke died on the morning of April 9th 2021.

The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery will fire a salute at Woolwich Barracks in London while the Honourable Artillery Company will carry out the tribute at the Tower of London. Armed Forces personnel will fire gun salutes at Edinburgh Castle, Cardiff Castle and Hillsborough Castle in Belfast.

HMS Diamond and HMS Montrose will also take part in the salutes while 41 rounds will be fired in Gibraltar as well.

The Duke of Edinburgh served in the Royal Navy, seeing active service during World War Two, and military leaders have been among those paying tribute to him. The First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, said ”His connection with the naval service spanned his life, from his evacuation from Greece in HMS Calypso at just 18 months old, up to his final public engagement at the Royal Marines parade at Buckingham Palace in 2017. His genuine empathy, affection and engagement with the Royal Navy resonated with us all.”

Meanwhile, flags are now at half mast on all government buildings until the morning after the Duke’s funeral. Further details of that will be announced by Buckingham Palace over the weekend.

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