London, April 10, 2021
Gun salutes are to take place across Britain, in Gibraltar and from vessels at sea on Saturday to mark the death of Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II.
Saluting batteries will fire 41 rounds at one round every minute from midday (1100 GMT), the Ministry of Defence said.
Buckingham Palace said the prince, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, died on Friday morning at Windsor Castle to the west of London.
Members of the royal family led the tributes to Philip, who was also remembered by leaders around the world.
Philip is expected to be given a ceremonial royal funeral, but the event will take on a different form due to the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.
During his more than 70 years at the side of the queen, Philip was remembered for his strong sense of duty and remarkable charm.
He was the oldest and the longest-serving consort in British history, as well as being what the queen called her “constant strength and guide.”
Meanwhile, a tribe in the remote island nation of Vanuatu, who saw Prince Philip as a god will greet his death with ritual wailing and ceremonial dancing, an expert said.
The group, based in villages on the island of Tanna in the former Anglo-French colony, revered the Duke of Edinburgh and believed him to be a reincarnation of an ancient warrior who left the island to fight a war.
The heavily spiritual group in Yaohnanen and surrounding villages felt the leader of the fighters would return to the islands with a rich white wife.
Kirk Huffman, an authority on what is known as the Prince Philip Movement, told the Daily Telegraph: “I imagine there will be some ritual wailing, some special dances.
“There will be a focus on the men drinking kava (an infusion made from the root of a pepper plant) – it is the key to opening the door to the intangible world.
“On Tanna it is not drunk as a means of getting drunk. It connects the material world with the non-material world.”
He added the islanders could continue their beliefs with Prince Charles, who most recently visited Vanuatu in 2018.
There, the Prince of Wales met Jimmy Joseph, from the village of Yaohnanen, during a tour of the country, formerly known as the New Hebridies.
The prince warmly shook Mr Joseph’s hand as he was presented with a gift.
Mr Joseph said: “I gave him a walking stick for his father made by the hands of the Prince Philip Movement.
“I told him a lot of people in the movement have now died but there are some still living.
“The prince said he would deliver the message personally.”
In another development, the Duke of Edinburgh’s children have paid tribute to him as the rock in the Queen’s and their family’s lives.
His youngest son Edward, the Earl of Wessex, said Philip had a “challenging role,” but carried it out with the most “extraordinary flare” and had never tried to overshadow the Queen.
Speaking on a BBC tribute on Friday evening, all four of the Duke’s children paid tribute to him as someone who had encouraged and supported them.
Prince Edward said: “It was always a challenging role to take but he has done it with the most extraordinary flare and an extraordinary tact and diplomacy.
“He has never ever tried to overshadow the Queen in any shape or form and I think he has always been there as that rock in the Queen’s life, and certainly within his family that was exactly the same.”
Philip died peacefully in his sleep on Friday morning at Windsor Castle, a few months before his 100th birthday.
Anne, the Princess Royal, said she would best remember her father as “always being there,” someone to help with a problem or bounce ideas off.
She added: “I will best remember him as always being there and a person you could bounce off ideas, but if you were having problems you could always go to him and know that he would listen and try to help.”
Anne also said Philip had given a “huge amount of encouragement,” while Edward added: “My father was always a great source of support and encouragement and guidance all the way through and never trying to curtail any of the activities or anything that we wanted to try and do but would always encourage that.
“And I will always, always remember and thank him for that.”
Charles, the Prince of Wales, said that while his father did not “suffer fools gladly,” he was good at showing him how to do things.
Charles added: “Well you know he didn’t suffer fools gladly, so if you said anything that was in any way ambiguous he’d say ‘make up your mind’.
“So perhaps it made one choose your words carefully.
“He was very good at showing you how to do things and would instruct you in various things.”
Andrew, the Duke of York, said that Philip used to read to the family in the evenings.
Andrew added: “Like any family of the day your parents went out to work during the day, but in the evening just the same as any other family we would get together, we would sit on the sofa as a group and he would read to us.”
Speaking to ITV News, Edward also said that Philip’s public image portrayed by certain parts of the media was “always an unfair depiction.”
Prince Edward said his father had a “wonderful” sense of humour, but people could misinterpret things or “turn it against them.”
Edward said: “The public image that certain parts of the media would portray was always an unfair depiction.
“He used to give them as good as he got and always in a very entertaining way.
“He was brilliant. Always absolutely brilliant.
“He had a wonderful sense of humour but of course you can always misinterpret something or turn it against them, so it sounds like it’s not right.
“But anyone who had the privilege to hear him speak said it was his humour which always came through and the twinkle in his eye.”
Anne also told ITV News that without her father “life would be completely different.”
Speaking about Philip’s legacy, Anne said: “Without him life will be completely different.
“But from society’s perspective he was able to keep pace with the kind of technological changes that have such an impact… but above all that it’s not about the technology it’s about the people.”
He’ll be remembered globally for his legacies, says AU body
By Fortune Abang
Abuja, April 10, 2021
The African Union Economic, Social and Cultural Council (AU-ECOSOCC) says the late Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip will forever be remembered globally for his legacies.
Dr Tunji Asaolu, Nigeria’s Representative to the AU-ECOSOCC Third Permanent General Assembly, said this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday.
Asaolu said, “As a former lord high admiral and the titular head of the Royal Navy, he will forever be remembered for his historic legacy.
“I particularly admired him for his numerous engagements in variety of philanthropic endeavours, as well as the service he rendered, when he served as president of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), from 1981 to 1996.
“Also, for his International Award programme that had allowed more than six million young adults to engage in community service and leadership development.
“The world at large will miss his exit. It is indeed a great loss to the world.
“I sincerely express my sympathy and join the rest of the world to mourn him.”
The late Duke of Edinburgh, who died at 99 was the longest serving consort in British history.
He was only two to three months away from his 100th birthday in June.