RIP HRH Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh - 1921-2021

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  1. Benn98

    Benn98 Well-Known Member

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    Prince Philip has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace announces

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    Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's husband, has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace has announced.

    A statement issued by the palace just after midday spoke of the Queen's "deep sorrow" following his death at Windsor Castle on Friday morning.

    The Duke of Edinburgh, who was the longest-serving consort in British history, had returned to Windsor on 16 March after a month in hospital.

    Boris Johnson said he "inspired the lives of countless young people".

    "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband," the palace said.

    "The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss."

    Speaking at Downing Street, the prime minister said that the duke had "earned the affection of generations here in the United Kingdom, across the Commonwealth, and around the world".

    Meanwhile, Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, said he "consistently put the interests of others ahead of his own and, in so doing, provided an outstanding example of Christian service".

    The flag at Buckingham Palace was lowered to half-mast and a notice was posted on the gates following the announcement of the duke's death.

    Bunches of daffodils, tulips, roses and lilies were among floral tributes placed by people outside the palace, while crowds began to gather at Windsor Castle.

    The BBC's royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said it was "a moment of real national sadness" and "a moment of sadness, most particularly of course, for the Queen losing her husband of 73 years - a bigger span of years than most of us can imagine".

    He said Prince Philip had made "a huge contribution to the success of the Queen's reign", describing the duke as "utterly loyal in his belief in the importance of the role that the Queen was fulfilling - and in his duty to support her".

    "It was the importance of the solidity of that relationship, of their marriage, that was so crucial to the success of her reign," he added.

    A bank of photographers and cameramen were lined up around the growing number of tributes at Buckingham Palace on Friday afternoon, said BBC News reporter Marie Jackson.

    Rhea Varma, from Pimlico, pulled up to the gates on her bike to lay flowers and a note saying Rest in Peace Duke.

    She said: "It's just super sad. I think it might be the beginning of big change in our country. Without him, the Queen might not reign much longer."

    To her, the duke was "the kind of stability that's so old-fashioned it's difficult to comprehend. He was a rock who brought integrity."

    Adam Wharton-Ward, 36, also arrived to leave lilies by the palace gates. He is visiting London from his home in France but was so moved by the news, he wanted to "rally round" for the Queen's sake.

    "It's so sad. He's been with her for 73 years. If it wasn't for him who knows if she would have got through it," he said.

    The duke's appeal, he added, was that he was "almost normal with his gaffes".

    "Now that normality has gone," he said.

    media captionPrince Philip: Officer, husband, father
    The prince married Princess Elizabeth in 1947, five years before she became Queen.

    In March, the duke left King Edward VII's hospital in central London after a month-long stay for treatment.

    He underwent a procedure for a pre-existing heart condition at another London hospital - St Bartholomew's.

    BBC
     
  2. eugenius

    eugenius Well-Known Member

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    I have to say, even though I'm not interested, I can't help but let the coverage on TV distract from any and all work today. (The handsome foreign correspondent with the lovely hair on ABC certainly helps, though.)

    I still don't understand how he was born into royalty, but didn't really have a title per se before his marriage. Did I miss that episode on "The Crown"?
     
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  3. MulletProof

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    ^ I suppose he was like Archie but even more distant to any throne, son of someone who 100% would never stand a chance at being King (7th in line or something) and at a time when the monarchy was abolished (or about to? I don't know).. but closer to Queen Victoria than even the former Queen of Spain (aka. the grandma who was pushed away) so that's as royal as it gets?. I don't know, he seemed like a cool old man from interviews.. it's sad but also, whenever I saw recent footage, I'd think of the curse of growing too old and being surrounded by too many people and means to keep you here when your body so badly wants to rest.

    I feel bad for the Queen but it'd probably be worse if she had left first.
     
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  4. eugenius

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    I wonder what the roll-out of the news looks like for him. I've read a whole slew of articles on what an elaborate, choreographed, step-by-step process this will look like when the queen dies (all of which are outdated w/ the advent of the pandemic), and I can't imagine it'd be the same process.

    I'd love to see Sasha Baron Cohen in his Bruno disguise ask Meghan, "Meghan, who are you wearing today?" at the funeral.
     
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    Oh god the one place I thought I’d get away from this Royal rubbish. I can’t say I’ve ever found him particularly stylish or likeable. I doubt he’ll have the fanfare of other members
     
  6. Benn98

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    I wonder how all of those edgy Twitter trenders feel now because a few weeks ago all of them joked about his looks and how he was at death's door which under the circumstances were tacky. People can be so wicked sometimes.

    RIP! :heart:
     
  7. Benn98

    Benn98 Well-Known Member

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    I actually get along with Australians for the most part even though they'd think nothing to call us Poms right to our faces, but I'd like to have a word with the ones who lodged complaints to the channel. All because they'd miss a few minutes of a series that premiered 5 years ago??? :lol::lol::lol:
    What a silly lot.

    At least I know @dsamg had no part in this, lol

    Via The Guardian

    ABC says 75% of complaints about Prince Philip coverage related to interruption of TV drama Vera
    Australia’s national broadcaster received 435 complaints and fans flooded social media to demand switch back to regular programming
    Justine Landis-Hanley
    Mon 12 Apr 2021 09.13 BST

    The ABC received over 400 complaints over its coverage of Prince Philip’s death after the breaking news on Friday night interrupted an episode of the much-loved TV show Vera.

    The national broadcaster said in a statement that the ABC has received “a relatively low 435 complaints about its overall coverage, more than three-quarters of which relate to the interruption of Vera”.

    “Other complaints were about other matters, such as the duration of our coverage,” the statement continued.

    Now on its seventh season, Vera is a British crime drama that follows Det Chief Insp Vera Stanhope as she solves chilling murders.
    Fans also flooded the ABC’s social media accounts on Friday night, demanding that the broadcaster switch back to its regular programming.

    “End of an era, now back to Vera!” one user commented on the ABC’s Facebook post first reporting the Duke of Edinburgh’s passing.
    “Was enjoying Vera on ABC after a hard day’s work only for it to be interrupted by breaking news. OK so Prince Philip died but do we have to have a continuous discussion about it? I wanna know who done in the student on Vera!” another Twitter user posted.

    It wasn’t just ABC TV’s effusive coverage of Philip’s death that prompted objections.

    ABC online sent at least six breaking news alerts following the prince’s death and launched more than 50 pieces of content under its somewhat anachronistically-named topic tag: “Royal and Imperial Matters”.
    The ABC’s experience mirrored that of the BBC, where viewers switched off their TVs in droves amid blanket coverage of Prince Philip’s death and flooded the broadcaster with complaints.

    The BBC fielded so many complaints it opened a dedicated form on its website – but even the form proved controversial, with some conservatives claiming it was “prompting a response”. It was later shut down.
     
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  8. MulletProof

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    ^ but didn't the BBC also receive a record number of complaints and even crashed the complaint form in their website? :lol:.. I read the reruns of old interviews were out of control at the BBC, like all day long with no interruptions. Sounds insane really..
     
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    Haha you know it....people need to get a life!! :lol:
     
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    Ion know if this is the right place for it but Kate Middleton's funeral outfit has me drooling. That Catherine Walker coat dress is to die for

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    source: fashionsizzle.com
     
  11. Benn98

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    It is stunning, but I wish she'd move on from this post-war aesthetic. But considering you and so many others actually like it, doubt it will happen. lol.
     
  12. vogue28

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    We're incredibly lucky to have the Duchess of Cambridge as part of the royal family! Of course, Kate looked extremely elegant, classy and dignified at the service yesterday. Utterly immaculate!

    Myself and my family are huge royalists and we all thought the service yesterday for the Duke of Edinburgh was beautiful, thoughtful and very emotional. The personal touches like Philip's cap and gloves on his carriage was such a nice personal touch - an instant reminder that at the very end of the day, he's someones husband, father, grandfather etc. The lone bagpiper was also a very touching moment.
     
  13. CommanderTMugler

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    When the queens funeral happens I want to call off work and just stayed glued to the TV. It will be drawn out but it’s Queen Elizabeth II.

    She might go soon since it’s common in older couples to pass right after the other. I kind of want her to go until 2024 and beat Louis XIV.
     
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  14. PierreGotha

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    But the women of the House of Windsor (& Saxe Coburg Gotha) tends to outlive their husbands. From Queen Victoria, Queen Alexandra, Queen Mary of Teck, Queen Elizabeth; The Queen Mother who died at the age of 101 and now we HM The Queen.

    I think she knows that Prince Charles is well-loathed by the British People and she's definitely going to cling to the crown until her time comes.
     

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