London: Earlier today Buckingham Palace announced the death of the Duke of Edinburgh after a short illness.
A notice informing the public of the death of the Duke of Edinburgh was placed on the gates of Buckingham Palace. It read:
“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”
At the express request of HRH Duke of Edinburgh, and in line with current COVID restrictions, there will be no official ceremonial events during this period.
Although this is an extraordinarily difficult time for many, we are asking the public not to gather at Royal Residences, and continue to follow public health advice particularly on avoiding meeting in large groups and on minimising travel.
We are supporting the Royal Household in asking that floral tributes should not be laid at Hillsborough Castle at this time. The Royal Family have asked that members of the public consider making a donation to a charity instead of leaving floral tributes in memory of The Duke of Edinburgh.
An online Book of Condolence is now available should members of the public wish to express their condolences. This is available at the Royal Family Website
Further details of the funeral will be announced by Buckingham Palace in due course.