They came to mourn his death and celebrate his life. At Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, and Sandlingham, Wellwisher ignored the “go away” warning to pay homage.next day Death of Prince Edinburgh, Britain woke up I realized that the man who had been a stable hand for decades was no longer with us.
In The first full day of mourningThe army paid tribute to Desgan Salute at noon and fired 41 congratulatory guns per minute for 40 minutes, including overseas territories in London, Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff, and Gibraltar. At sea, British Navy warships fired guns to salute “one of them.”
At Woowich Barracks, 16 km from Buckingham Palace, Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Horse Artillery embarked on the parade ground, with a procession of 71 horses, 36 of which had six 13-pound field guns. World War I.The same gun was fired to celebrate Duke’s wedding with Princess Elizabeth In 1947, and again within six years at her coronation. Now here they were marking the death of Prince Phillip. Queen Victoria in 1901 and Winston Churchill in 1965 were given similar death celebrations.
Woolwich spectators gathered on the railing, peeking, seeing the smoke swirling from the gun as each shot was fired, and drifted upwards into the gray, and properly funeral sky. A small crowd lined up at Tower Bridge to see the gun salute at the Tower of London below.
This was a solemn opportunity, and the firing of one gun per minute reflected it without any hassle. Normally, guns were fired from Hyde Park and the crowd would have been huge. But these are not normal times.
For the millions of people watching on television (who were told to stay home), they had time to suspend and handle the death of a man who had been the Queen’s spouse for over 70 years.
The church bell was also advised to ring at noon. One strike or muffled toll, but repeated 99 times each year in the Duke’s life. An estimated 5,000 churches attended on Saturday. The bell of Westminster Abbey, where the Duke married the princess, did the same on Friday night. The monastery had a picture of the Duke in military uniform next to the nave between burning candles and a vase of tulips. It was a simple but moving compliment.
The version of life, or public life, is at a standstill. Election campaigns for local elections have been suspended Aintree Racecourse Grand NationalA two-minute silent prayer was observed before the world’s most famous steeplechase race began. In the soccer match, the player wore a black armband and also observed a two-minute silent prayer. At London Underground and train stations, electronic advertising was switched to display images of the Duke instead of the usual goods and services for travelers.
Officially, no one was at Buckingham Palace on Saturday. “Please do not leave compliments, relics or candles in this place,” read the sign outside the palace. But that didn’t happen. By noon, the gate to Buckingham Palace was lined with three bouquets of deep flowers, which the staff regularly removed and put inside. In a pandemic, this wasn’t the time to allow the crowd to get together and stay longer.
But collect what they did. The royal family built barriers overnight and installed velvet ropes and one-way systems to allow people to pay homage in a Covid-compliant manner.
By early afternoon, a long line meandering towards Hyde Park Corner along the front of the palace gate along Green Park was formed. The day before, The Mall, the road leading to the palace, was full of black taxis along the route. Prince Phillip is famous for driving around the town as his private car.
Shirley Singleton, 81, admitted that she was “crying a lot” since hearing the news of Duke’s death. She boarded a bus from her home in western London to pay tribute at the palace gate. His death evoked memories of living and surviving throughout World War II. “I was a few years old when I was in the bomb shelter,” she said. “I am very grateful that he was part of my time and my life.”
“Prince Edinburgh was a brave man who fought in the war. It wasn’t very common at the time, but he shared it with food. It reminds me of living through a pandemic. For the Queen, the visit is I’m glad she spent time with him during the reduced pandemic, “she added.
Serena Gupta, a 20-year-old student two generations younger, was moved to make a pilgrimage after successfully accepting her Duke of Edinburgh Award. Born in Bromley, southeast London, Gupta displayed three badges proudly fastened to his collar. Gold, Silver and Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Awards..
The award shaped her life and interests. She explained with flowers blooming at the gate. “When I won the Duke of Edinburgh Award, I participated in a year of conservation volunteering. It made me really love it. I still volunteer at the English Heritage. “She said.
Gupta, who is studying art history at the University of Warwick, wanted to come to Buckingham Palace to collect a gold medal and meet the Duke. Unfortunately, at that point he retired, so instead she collected it from her son Prince Edward.
“I read that Prince Phillip was the only one who could act normally around the Queen, and it really makes me sad that he’s gone.”
Wellwisher came at night to pay homage, including his father and two young children. “We wanted to avoid the crowd,” his father Alex told the BBC. “I thought we should get off at night and spend some time in front of the palace.”
At Windsor Castle, where the Duke was Died on Friday morning And while the Queen was in mourning, a crowd came to the gate to say goodbye. Flower walls lined up at the entrance to the castle. Despite Covid’s restrictions and similar warnings, thousands of people came in a steady stream during the day.
Bee Lokkit, a 27-year-old sociology student in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, woke up Saturday at 4 am and jumped on the first train going south to bloom by 8:30 am. He wore a suit and a black tie. “Running a royal family in Britain is not an easy task. He is a wonderful person. We should all be inspired by him and work on life with the same kind of energy as him.”
Kusial Shiwara, 37, a local doctor at the nearby Wexham Park Hospital, visited with his wife and two young daughters, 6 and 4 years old, to thank the Duke for his “sacrifice.” Arshiwara, from Iver, Buckinghamshire, said: “For us, Prince Phillip and the Queen represent a level of sacrifice, duty, and above all, respect. It is very important for children to understand that this man has given a huge amount of money. Publicly. And served publicly. “
Deborah West, NHS Business Manager in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, held back tears in honor at Windsor Castle. “I’m a generation that grew up in the royal family in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. It’s great to be here with people to pay homage. Duke had a hard time talking. People. Who. Wasn’t left behind from experience, and he did it really naturally. This is a man’s measure. “
Local shops and pubs began to write their own compliments on the windows, even though they were closed during the pandemic. At the Two Brewers pub, right next to Windsor Castle, various photographs of Prince Phillip were simply captioned on the windows as “Duke of Edinburgh from 1921 to 2021 in memory of Prince Phillip.”
At the Duke of Edinburgh’s pub in Winkfield, Windsor, the proprietress Annie Andrews was desperately looking for a bunting to commemorate his death. The pub will be reopened to customers on Monday. “We give him a toast in the yard, but we have to try to keep the space between the people,” Andrews said. “I was a Windsor girl and was born and raised. The royal family has always been very important to me and is always doing something to show what happened in the history of the monarchy.”
At Hillsborough Castle and Gardens in Belfast, Naomi Armstrong Cotter bloomed at the gate with her two daughters, 6-year-old Lily and 5-year-old Essie. “We can’t do what we normally do, and every girl will remember that day to understand the importance of great losses to our country,” she said.he [the Duke] An immeasurable, dignified, honorable, serviced person, the support he has given to our Queen is incredible. We are sad because the Queen loses her best friend and he deserves to be commemorated in the best way we can. “
They were emotions that echoed up and down the country. From those who went on adventures, those who watched events on TV, and those who spent the day quietly looking back.
Warrant Officer Grin Moffat, who directs the salute of guns at His Majesty’s naval base in Portsmouth, saw a great opportunity for him to play an important role. “For the team, we are fulfilling our obligations. That’s what we train and practice. It’s always after that that we look back on what we did and what we participated in. That’s it, “he said.
The public will spend this week agreeing on the fact that the Duke of Edinburgh is no longer part of the national organization. He left, but Saturday’s event showed that he would never be forgotten.