Artillery guns rang out across Britain today, Saturday, in honor of Prince Philip, while condolences rained down in a man who had been “strength and support” for his wife, Queen Elizabeth during the years of her long reign.
Members of the public laid bouquets of roses outside the royal residence in honor of the prince, who passed away on Friday at the age of 99 after standing next to his wife, the Queen, for more than seven decades.
The royal family posted on their official Twitter page a greeting from the Queen in 1997 to her husband on the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage.
“He has been, quite simply, my strength and my bond all these years,” she said. “I and all his family, this country and many other countries owe him a debt that is beyond his imagination or what we can know.”
Family members flock to mourn the Queen at Windsor Castle, where Prince Philip died on Friday.
“The Queen was dazzled,” said Sophie, Countess of Wessex, with tears eyes as she was about to leave with her husband, Prince Edward, the youngest children of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.
The armed forces fired artillery at 12 noon (1100 GMT) in mourning. Artillery units in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast and Gibraltar were fired, in addition to some naval pieces that were also loaned.
Details of the funeral are expected to be released at Buckingham Palace later on Saturday.
It is likely that it will be a small private funeral, contrary to the traditions of the royals, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and because of the hatred the prince felt about the noise.
Although the royal family asked the public to adhere to social distancing and to avoid visiting the royal residences, people accepted to place funeral cards and flower bouquets in front of Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace.