Philip’s wife of 73 years, Queen Elizabeth II, has proved the Prime Minister’s recommendation that there should be eight days of national mourning, ending next Saturday.
Prince Harry travels from Southern California to attend the funeral, but his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will not – based on medical advice. Meghan is pregnant with the couple’s second child. She suffered an abortion last year, which she wrote about in.
On Friday and Saturday, the Queen was visited by her children in Windsor.
Around the country on Saturday, there were signs of grief everywhere: royal staff in black, a 41-round gun salute. Union Jack was half staff.
Many of these tributes are based on lengthy royal protocol – while others incorporate pandemic-related restrictions.
To announce Philip’s death, a record, per. Royal tradition, placed in front of Buckingham Palace with the reading: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty the Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. ”
However, it was removed later on Friday for fear of attracting crowds in violation of the boundaries of public gatherings.
“With regard to public safety and well – being and in accordance with government guidelines, the public is asked not to rally in crowds,” the castle said in a statement on Friday. “Those who wish to express their condolences are asked to do so in the safest way and not gather at Royal Residences.”
Nevertheless, the British continued to gather to leave flower casings in front of palaces and mark the moment in pictures and collective grief.
At noon British time, a nationwide 41-gun salute was held to honor the former World War II naval officer and veteran.
Throughout the United Kingdom, flags remain half staff until the day after the funeral. The royal family released the full funeral plans on Saturday.
The Church of England, officially headed by Elizabeth, announced prayer resources for churches to use during the mourning period.
Other Britons incorporated socially distant moments of silence into their Saturday plans, such as at sporting events supported by the prince
Prince Philips’ life and complicated legacy dominated British media coverage on Saturday. For many decades, Prince Philip drove the spectrum in the British press: at times scolding, mocking and praising everything from discerning comments to his dutiful service to the Crown.
But some were frustrated by the attention paid to the late Duke of Edinburgh in a year in which coronavirus has officially killed nearly 3 million people worldwide and more than 125,000 in the UK. There was also concern that coverage of Philip’s death on Friday overshadowed other pressing developments in Britain, such as persistent unrest in Northern Ireland over Brexit trade rules as well as glare over the less flattering parts of his life and the influence of the British monarchy.
Preliminary assessments from the UK’s Broadcast Audience Research Board found that the BBC and ITV, two UK networks that on Friday drew second coverage to prioritize the royal news, had a large drop in viewers this week compared to last, according to the Independent. The BBC created a web form specifically for Philip coverage-related complaints.
“Although the company [BBC] is accustomed to being in the midst of Britain’s cultural wars, its handling of Philip’s death points to a deeper question of a national broadcaster’s ability to force the country together to mourn a single individual in an era where audiences are fragmented and smaller reverently, ”Reported the guardian.
British media also conveyed the condolence flowing in from leaders from around the world, including Pope Francis and all five living former US presidents, whose ministry overlapped Philip’s.