Prince Philip: Gunfire in major UK towns and on naval ships pay homage to Duke of Edinburgh | UK News

The first shot in a rifle shot at Cardiff Castle

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Pistol greetings were held across the country to mark the passing of Prince Philip.

the Duke of Edinburgh passed away peacefully in his sleep at Windsor Castle on Friday, Buckingham Palace a dit. Salvation batteries fired 41 rounds – one per minute – from noon on Saturday in major cities across the UK, including London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.

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Members of the Honorable Artillery Company fired the 41-round cannon salute at the Tower of London
Prince Philip in 1946 as an officer in the Royal Navy

Several Royal Navy ships, including HMS Diamond, HMS Montrose and HMNB Portsmouth, also joined in the tribute to the Duke, who had served in the Navy full time for 14 years and remained closely linked to the armed forces throughout his life.

The Royal Gibraltar Regiment also participated from British Overseas Territory.

In London, shots were fired outside the Tower of London by the Honorable Artillery Company and at Woolwich Barracks in the south-east of the capital.

The latter involved six WWI field guns which were also fired for the Duke’s marriage to the Queen and at her coronation.

Blue skies were seen at Edinburgh Castle during another salute, while further tributes were paid to Hillsborough and Cardiff castles.

The greetings were broadcast online and televised to encourage audiences to watch.

The first shot in a rifle shot at Cardiff Castle

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Westminster Abbey bell rings in tribute to Philip

A statement on the royal website said: “The tradition of gunshots fired across the country to mark important national events dates back to at least the 18th century, and there is a historical record of salutes that took place as early as the 14th. century when firearms and ammunition began to be adopted more widely.

“Similar shots were fired to mark the death of Queen Victoria in 1901.”

Official flags also flew at half mast across the country, including those of Buckingham Palace and Downing Street.

Members of the public were told not to leave flowers outside royal residences to avoid overcrowding, but many still came to London and Windsor to pay their respects.

A child and her mother arrive to lay flowers outside Windsor Castle
Mourners paid tribute at Windsor Castle
A member of the Royal Horse Artillery of the King's Troop places empty shells in boxes before a cannon fires
A member of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery places empty shells in boxes before a gun salute

Buckingham Palace announced Prince Philip’s death shortly after noon on Friday, in a statement saying the Queen and the Royal Family “mourned her loss”.

It is understood that the Duke did not want much fuss for his funeral, and plans will also have to be scaled back due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s not yet confirmed, but the Queen may give a televised address in memory of her 70-year-old husband, whom she once described as his “constant strength and guide”.

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