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The Duke of Edinburgh

The Queen asks people to donate to charity rather than leaving floral tributes in memory of Prince Philip

A statement issued on behalf of The Queen has asked that people do not leave floral tributes to the Duke of Edinburgh outside of Royal Residences, and instead donate to a charity.

Hundreds of people have already left bouquets of flowers outside of Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace, however, there are concerns about mass gathering in light of the ongoing public health emergency.

An online book of condolence has also been opened for people to pay their respects.

In normal times, books would be held in government buildings for people to sign and pay their respects.

However, due to social distancing restrictions, all condolences must be written in the online book which you can visit by CLICKING HERE.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “During the coronavirus pandemic, and in light of current Government advice and social distancing guidelines, modified Funeral and ceremonial arrangements for His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh are being considered by Her Majesty The Queen. Details will be confirmed in due course.

“With the safety and wellbeing of the public in mind, and in accordance with Government guidelines, members of the public are asked not to gather in crowds. Those wishing to express their condolences are asked to do so in the safest way possible, and not to gather at Royal Residences.

“During this time the Royal Family ask that members of the public consider making a donation to a charity instead of leaving floral tributes in memory of The Duke of Edinburgh.

“An Online Book of Condolence is now available on the Royal website for those who wish to send a personal message of condolence:

“Union flags have been half-masted at all Royal residences flying the Union flag. The Royal Standard will continue to fly at Windsor Castle where The Queen is in residence.”