Prince Phillip of England was honored with 41 guns after his death

London — On board military and maritime vessels across Britain, 41 fires were fired on Saturday to commemorate Prince Phillip’s death, honoring former Navy officer and husband of Queen Elizabeth II.

Volleys were fired every minute in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast (the capitals of the four countries that make up the UK), as well as in other cities around the UK and in the Mediterranean outposts of Gibraltar. Day. Ships, including the HMS Montrose, a frigate that patrols the Persian Gulf, offered their own salute.

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Members of the Honorable Artillery Company will fire 41 congratulatory guns from the Tower of London pier to commemorate Prince Phillip’s death in London on April 10, 2021. (Domini Kripinsky / PA via AP)

Prince Philip, also known as Duke of Edinburgh, died at Windsor Castle on Friday, two months before his 100th birthday.

“During World War II, the Duke of Edinburgh served among us and he continued to devote himself to the Royal Navy and the entire military,” General Nick Carter, chief of defense staff, said in a statement. .. “Life was rich. His Highness leaves us with a legacy of indomitable spirit, immobility and unwavering sense of duty.”

Members of the Federation, a group of 54 countries led by the monarch, were also invited to honor Philip. The Australian Defense Force began a salute outside Canberra’s Parliament at 5 pm local time, and New Zealand was scheduled to offer its own compliments on Sunday.

Philip joined the Royal Navy as a cadet in 1939 and once had a promising military career. In 1941, during the Battle of Cape Matapan off Greece, he was honored when the battleship was able to identify enemy ships in the dark by controlling the searchlights onboard the HMS Valiant. I did. Philip was promoted to commander before retiring from active duty.

Two years after the end of the war, Philip married Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey at the age of 21. He was 26 years old. Philip’s naval career suddenly ended when George VI died in 1952 and his wife became a queen.

At the coronation of the Queen in 1953, Philip vowed to become his wife’s “mercenary of life and limbs” and settled in a life that supported the monarch. The couple had four children. Charles, successor to the throne, Anne, Andrew, Edward.

Prior to retiring from public service in 2017, the prince made more than 22,000 independent public involvements and supported more than 780 organizations, including the Duke of Edinburgh Youth Award.

Despite being urged to refrain from rallying from authorities and the royal family due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the general public continued to respect Philip’s service life on Saturday, flowering outside Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. I left it.

Danica Kirka