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Gun salutes mark death of UK’s Prince Philip

LONDON (AP) — Gun salutes throughout the U.Okay., in Commonwealth international locations and at sea are marking the death of Britain’s Prince Philip on Saturday as navy leaders honor the previous naval officer and husband of Queen Elizabeth II.

Batteries of cannons in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast and different cities have been set to fireplace 41 rounds at one-minute intervals beginning at noon. The Australian Defense Force supplied its salute at 5 p.m. native time exterior Parliament House in Canberra, and New Zealand deliberate to present an artillery tribute have a good time on Sunday.

“His Royal Highness leaves us with a legacy of indomitable spirit, steadfastness and an unshakeable sense of duty,” stated General Nick Carter, chief of the U.Okay. Defense Staff. “From all of us who serve today and who have served, thank you.”

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 navy career. He joined the Royal Navy as a cadet in 1939 and gained mentions through the warfare 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 responsibility.

Two years after the warfare ended, Philip married the long run queen at Westminster Abbey when she was 21 and he was 26. His naval career 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 exterior Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle on Saturday, ignoring appeals from authorities and the royal household to chorus from gathering as a result of of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Oh, I think everyone’s in shock,” Maureen Field, a 67-year-old Staines resident, stated. “ I think everyone would like to pay their respects. Because of the virus, a lot of people have to stay away. He didn’t want a big funeral. He wanted a very private time with his family to say their goodbyes. So, we’ve all got to respect that.”

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Associated Press Writer James Brooks contributed

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