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this is bbc news from windsor, where the funeral of the duke of edinburgh has taken place. the queen led mourners at the service, where only 30 people were allowed because of covid restrictions. prince philip's coffin travelled to the service on a specially adapted landrover— its design had been overseen by him. the duke's children, grandchildren and great grandchildrenjoined the solemn procession. the buglers of the royal marines sounded the last post — after the duke was laid to rest in the royal vault.
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and across the nation, at 3pm, gun salutes and a minute's silence took place. that is the shot lift across winds are and winds are castle with the funeral of the duke of edinburgh has taken place. although the service itself was small, due to covid restrictions, the duke's love of the military was reflected in the pageantry here, before the funeral in st george's chapel.
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inside the chapel, there were only 30 mourners, all members of the family or close friends. the queen sat alone — again due to covid rules — as she said goodbye to her husband of 73 years. our royal correspondent, nicholas witchell reports. it was at windsor castle that they fell in love. it was wartime. the young lieutenant philip mountbatten spent his leave at the castle visiting the then—princess elizabeth. they were married in 1910. they spent many of the happiest moments of their 73 years together at windsor. and it was within the ancient walls of this castle, that the nation paid its final tributes.
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drawn up in the spring sunshine on the castle's quadrangle with a military detachment. regiments and other service contingents with which the duke had a particular connection. the scale was smaller than would have been the case without the pandemic though that is hardly something that would have troubled him. he, after all, had choreographed much of what was to follow. the land rover hearse which the duke had helped to design moved to its position by the state entrance. his coffin was borne by a bearer party from the grenadier guards. the was covered with personal standard and surmounted with his
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sword and naval cap. with great care, it was placed on the hearse. behind the hearse were members of the royal family who were walking to the chapel, headed by the prince of wales. and then the first sight of the queen accompanied by a lady in waiting, in the state bentley taking its position of the procession as the hearse set off. among the members of the family walking behind the coffin where princes william and harry. the focus of much attention not walking side by side but with their cousin, peter phillips, between them. the procession wound its way down the gentle hill of the castle
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towards st george's chapel. at the west steps of the chapel, a bearer party from the royal marines removed the coffin from the hearse to take it up the steps to the chapel. inside st george's, the queen took her place in the quire. before entering the west doors, the bearer party paused for the minute's silence signalled by a field gun fired by the royal horse artillery.
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the coffin was borne into the chapel and around it the 30 members of the congregation, all of them masked. the bidding was delivered by the dean of windsor. with grateful hearts we remember the many ways in which his long life has been a blessing to us. we have been inspired by his unwavering loyalty to our queen, his service to the nation and the commonwealth, by his courage, fortitude and faith. all the music had been chosen by the duke. the first hymn sung by the choir of four
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was the mariners hymn, for those in peril on the sea. the small congregation sat in its family groups. the queen sat alone. so too did prince harry. after the prayers and the commendation, a distinctive touch typical of the duke. royal marine buglers sounded the royal navy's call to action stations. and finally, at the end of her husband's funeral, the choir sang the national anthem.
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it has been a day of ceremony and solemnity and some emotion at winds are and watching it all has been our correspondent. with me is our correspondent, helena wilkinson. we could detect the hand of the duke himself in the proceedings. absolutely. we know that the duke spent so many years planning his own
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funeral and i suspect he would be absolutely proud of how his funeral was performed and played out today especially ceremonial elements played out behind the walls of winds are castle after a very difficult day for the queen and also for other members of the royal family. day for the queen and also for other members of the royalfamily. as day for the queen and also for other members of the royal family. as you say, the funeral itself, it was littered with very personal touches made by the duke of edinburgh. he had a big say while here is alive in the order of service. we saw many of the order of service. we saw many of the songs that were sung at the funeral chosen by himself and what was very touching, i thought, in the quadrangle when his coffin was brought out we saw the carriage with two of the ponies that the duke had driven and on that carriage his gloves, his cap, the blanket that would have kept in warm honey was carriage driving, something that he loved to do around winds are in the
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great park. i thought that was very poignant. also during the service right at the end from the royal marines played the last post which signals that the soldier has gone to his final resting place and also there was the action stations which signals all hands should be ready for battle and that's the moment the duke's often was lowered into the royal vault where here is laid to west. it was intimate, it was very intimate, private family funeral but of course it was watched by so many millions of people across the world. one of the most striking temperatures of the afternoon was that side of the queen all alone. yes. and tomorrow morning that is going to be the image that we will no throughout see on the front pages of the newspapers. the queen by herself sitting in what is a very
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intimate area in st george's chapel just behind the castle walls behind us here. she was wearing black, of course, with a facemask on but because of social distancing and the covid restrictions she could not sit with anyone else. our bubble had been her husband the duke of edinburgh but instead in the chapel during the funeral she was sitting opposite her husband's often and she had members of the family in the quire around her but not close to her. it was difficult for many people watching across the world to see and no throughout an incredibly difficult moment for her majesty. very poignant. thank you so much. the duke of edinburgh was well known personally here in winds are but he made thousands of official visits all around the country in support of the queen and many charities
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including the duke of edinburgh award scheme. since he died, people you met have been recalling the time that they spent with prince philip. our correspondent danny savage reports now on people's memories of the duke. this is the legacy the duke of edinburgh has left behind. right, girls, so it's your silver d of e training day. 0n the weekend of his funeral, young people are now facing the challenges of what they call their d of e. right, girls, are you ready? yes! let's go. these schoolgirls from manchester were in the peak district, participating in the duke of edinburgh award scheme, very much aware of the significance of the day. i think he was an amazing man, and he was really important to the queen. 73 years of marriage is obviously quite a long time, so he's left a humongous legacy behind. he was brilliant. i feel honoured to be able to take part in something that he's founded. i feel really, really sorry
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for the queen because i know he was such a big, big part of her life. but i think that he's really going to be with us for a very long time — he's got such a big legacy with the duke of edinburgh award. allison bray is one of many thousands of people who would have gone to windsor today. she has worn black since he died. she and herfriend, bev, have been to all the recent big royal events, and have made their own picture books of photos they took. but, today, she had to reluctantly stay at home. i like to go down to the events, because i like to be part of the atmosphere. i do feel extremely sad that i can't go, but at least i can watch it on the television. also watching at home in county durham was ronnie. eight years ago, he invited the duke to open a local school project. i do remember the day, the moments we shared over lunch. he was quite a witty, funny man. he was inspirational on the day. i think he has this uncanny knack of putting everybody at ease. he changed people's
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lives for the better. the duke of edinburgh's century long journey may have ended today, but, for many years to come, young people will be outdoors in his name, acquiring the life skills he wanted them to have. danny savage, bbc news. with me is camilla tominey, associate editor at the daily telegraph. yup than watching the ceremony in the service here today. so many images that people would take away from this afternoon but one of the key ones was the site, surely, the brothers william and harry talking together. i5 brothers william and harry talking touether. , ., ., , ., together. is important and needs to send across — together. is important and needs to send across the _ together. is important and needs to send across the world _ together. is important and needs to send across the world amid - together. is important and needs to send across the world amid all - together. is important and needs to send across the world amid all of i send across the world amid all of these reports of tensions ongoing between the pair. it was particularly significant that they were all expected to go into state
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vehicles to be convened back to windsor castle and chose instead to walk. a lot had been made of the fact they were not going to stand shoulder to shoulder in the possession and would be flanking their older cousin and i thought it was significant to see the duchess of cambridge cap chatting to her brother—in—law and then choosing to move to the side somewhat to let william and harry speak in the full glare of the cameras. i think that changes the optics around their ongoing differences, doesn't it? didn't have any idea of anything that happened afterwards? buckingham palace are very — that happened afterwards? buckingham palace are very tight-lipped _ that happened afterwards? buckingham palace are very tight-lipped about - palace are very tight—lipped about anything which happened after the ceremony ended at four o'clock. we think that some members of the royal family didn't leave until a little later, maybe two hours later and my understanding is you are allowed a wait of up to 15 people perhaps even gathered in groups outside under the rule of four. it does seem as though
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some family members did remain behind to stay with the queen. equally, no sign that prince harry is jetted off to be equally, no sign that prince harry isjetted off to be remains in windsor, we think, at his former home. if windsor, we think, at his former home. , ., ., windsor, we think, at his former home. i. ., ., ., windsor, we think, at his former home. ., ., ., , ., ,, home. if you do have to be in groups and outside — home. if you do have to be in groups and outside it _ home. if you do have to be in groups and outside it is _ home. if you do have to be in groups and outside it is the _ home. if you do have to be in groups and outside it is the perfect - and outside it is the perfect weather for it. talking about the images that we will retain from this afternoon, the other main one is that of the solitary figure that the queen now cuts.— that of the solitary figure that the queen now cuts. very much so. the imaue of queen now cuts. very much so. the image of the — queen now cuts. very much so. the image of the pomp _ queen now cuts. very much so. the image of the pomp and _ queen now cuts. very much so. the image of the pomp and pageantry . image of the pomp and pageantry outside will stay with people watching and that military precision. to be fair, the british armed forces do we do it very well. the site of the cough and going up the west steps but equally, once inside it was quite unusual, of course, to see the queen and boils and facemasks, and a particular image where she had her head bowed and nearness of the top of her black hat and handbag on her lap which seemed to me a sad image, really in terms of a woman facing the rest of her life without her beloved husband at her side. she is 95 next week and
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i think we can expect those birthday celebrations to be extremely muted as she comes to terms with everything that has gone on in the last week. , , ., , ., last week. this is a personal sadness. — last week. this is a personal sadness, isn't _ last week. this is a personal sadness, isn't it? _ last week. this is a personal sadness, isn't it? as- last week. this is a personal sadness, isn't it? as a - last week. this is a personal. sadness, isn't it? as a monarch last week. this is a personal- sadness, isn't it? as a monarch she has carried out royal duties in the past few years since prince philip retired from public life either by herself or with other members of the family. herself or with other members of the famil . ., w , herself or with other members of the famil . ., .,, , ., ., herself or with other members of the famil . , ., ., ., family. chooses to now sort of fl in: family. chooses to now sort of flying solo _ family. chooses to now sort of flying solo are _ family. chooses to now sort of flying solo are not _ family. chooses to now sort of flying solo are not having - family. chooses to now sort of flying solo are not having herl family. chooses to now sort of - flying solo are not having her lead to man next to because he did retire in 2017 and having said that, they describe her as head of state and him as head of the family and he was the ultimate patriarch, wore the trousers while she wore the crown and i think to be without that figure in her life and in her family's lives is obviously going to take some adjusting to you and be sold out the outpouring from members of the military the duke was attached to and charitable organisations, even staff at windsor mourning the loss of such a towering figure in this place and other residences around the country. [30
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residences around the country. do ou residences around the country. do you see this as a new chapter, new phase in the green's are by far is that too strong? i phase in the green's are by far is that too strong?— that too strong? i think there is alwa s that too strong? i think there is always going — that too strong? i think there is always going to _ that too strong? i think there is always going to be _ that too strong? i think there is always going to be talk- that too strong? i think there is always going to be talk of- always going to be talk of transition because of the queen's advancing years but she has not doubled that many duties since prince philip stepped back from public duties. yes, prince charles raised a wreath at the cenotaph these days and undertake some of the long haul travel but she her red boxes every day and she is the one communicated with the prime minister last week we saw her carrying out a couple of engagement saying goodbye to her old lord chamberlain and welcoming his replacement. the business of monarchy goes on and the show goes on for hirsch. she is the epitome of the slogan keep calm and carry on, and that is what we can expect her to do.— carry on, and that is what we can expect her to do. thank you so much. and that's it from me for this evening here in windsor — back to lukwesa.
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reeta, thank you. well, as this afternoon's funeral took place inside the walls of windsor castle — outside it was marked by small groups paying their respects. the police were in evidence, to deter any large crowds from gathering. some people stopped to leave flowers, many said the royal family were "setting an example", by limiting numbers at the event. 0ur royal correspondent, daniela relph, reports now on how the people and the town paid their respects to the duke. there was a quiet early calm to windsor. picture perfect for this day of solemnity and remembrance. the town, the backdrop to so many royal occasions, had been asked to do something different today — to stay away, to not gather, and abide by covid rules. despite the warnings,
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people still came, just not in the usual numbers. just like to be here, because of the whole situation. it's so sad, prince philip's passing. we are outside, but we are inside in a way, you know? so that's it, you just don't have that feeling when you watch it on tv. we can see people - who came to pay respect, and we feel— that we are a community here. so it's nice. at 3pm, the gun salute could be heard beyond the castle walls. and windsor, like elsewhere, fell silent. at the castle view retirement village in windsor, the funeral was an emotional watch.
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at the castle view retirement village in windsor, the funeral was an emotional watch. well, you are quite moved by it, you know, surprisingly. more than you think it's going to, yes. in the garden of the duke of edinburgh pub, just outside town, people were clearly moved by the service. i think it's lovely to see them all together. today is the day for family, when you are mourning a loved one, as they are today. so it'sjust lovely, and such a sad occasion. i think we should be - focusing on the queen today. it must be heartbreaking after 73 years. _ today, the normal rules didn't apply. 0n the streets of windsor, it was a restrained remembrance in memory of a man so strongly connected with this royal town. daniela relph, bbc news, windsor.
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around the world, people in commonwealth nations have also been pausing to remember the duke — particulalry as his work helped to encourage and develop young people in many different countries. 0ur south asia correspondent, rajini vaidyanathan, reports from delhi. a warm welcome to the duke of edinburgh, who is briefly staying in that great country. it was a solo trip in 1959 which brought prince philip to the largest country in the commonwealth, india. as royal consort, he went on to visit the country three more times, seen here taking in the taj mahal in 1961. that same year, he made a trip to pakistan, one of his many to south asia. for more than 60 years, the duke was patron of the uk pakistan society. decades on, and south asia has changed. the british royal family occupies a different place
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in people's lives here. older generations will remember prince philip for his visits here. but his death has also brought to light his lasting legacy amongst younger people in the region through his duke of edinburgh award. the ramakrishna academy in kolkata in india has been running the scheme for almost two decades. hundreds of children here have taken part. teachers say the programme, which encourages students to volunteer and go on expeditions, has transformed many lives. prince edward visited the school once, to hand out his father's awards in person. we are really, really thankful to him, prince philip. the programme gave opportunity to our children to mix with the outside world. they face a lot of obstacles and they are taught how to overcome those obstacles. more than children in south asia,
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from all walks of life, have participated in the duke of edinburgh's international award. barinda from sri lanka, who wants to be an entrepreneur one day, says it introduced her to skills and experiences she would never have otherwise had. i am from sri lanka, where we are mostly focus on formal education. the duke of edinburgh really tapped into our lives and made a brilliant change. i think the duke of edinburgh award was a safe space for me to transform as a young person. for that, i am really grateful for his royal highness, because, if not for his legacy, i would not be here. there are no superheroes here. prince philip led a life of service, inspiring many others to follow suit. he once referred to his awards as a do—it—yourself growing—up kit. through his scheme, he leaves a lasting legacy. one which has touched
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people around the world. rajini vaidyanathan, bbc news, delhi. the number of people who've died with coronavirus worldwide has passed 3 million. cases of the virus continue to surge in large parts of the world, including india and brazil. the figures , compiled by thejohns hopkins university, are thought unlikely to represent a full tally of people who've lost their lives. let's take a look at the latest covid statistics for the uk. in the past 2a hours, 2,206 people have tested positive for covid—19 in the uk, a drop of around 6.5 percent in the past 7 days. 35 covid deaths have been recorded, that's the total number of deaths within 28 days of a positive test. just over 32.5 million people in the uk, have now received a first dose of a covid vaccine, and latest figures show nearly 9.5 million have received their second dose.
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doctors for the imprisoned russian opposition activist, alexei navalny, say blood tests have indicated he's at risk of kidney failure. mr navalny, who has been in prison since february for parole violations that he says were trumped up, has been on hunger strike more than for 18 days. he says prison authorities have denied him medical care. prison officials say he's refused the treatment he's been offered. the leading british choreographer, liam scarlett has died at the age of 35. his death was announced a day after the royal danish theatre said it had cancelled the production of a ballet he had been working on, following allegations of offensive behaviour. mr scarlett was investigated over sexual misconduct allegations at britain's royal opera house last year, but was cleared.
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so the funeral of the duke of edinburgh has taken place at windsor castle , allowing the queen, his family and the nation to bid a final farewell under unique circumstances to the longest—serving royal consort in british history. let's look back at some of the moments of the day, commemerating the life of the duke of edinburgh. we are here today in
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st george's chapel to commit into the hands of god the soul of his servant, prince philip, duke of edinburgh. for his resolute faith and loyalty, for his high sense of duty and integrity, for his life of service to the nation and commonwealth. now it's time for a look at the weather with darren bett. hello. the weather story for the uk is a very quiet one at the moment. a lot of sunshine around for the remainder of saturday afternoon and to take us into the evening.
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there will be patchy fast here and there. we will warm up in the sunshine but for much of scotland and northern ireland there will be more cloud. rain and drizzle peaked about and it will be drier and brighterfor about and it will be drier and brighter for eastern scotland. some rain for england and wales and patchy fair weather cloud developing in the west that may be a bit hazy for some parts of east anglia but probably a bit warmer than today to the midlands and eastern england, by contrast temperatures a little lower in scotland and northern ireland under the cloud. most places dry, though, on monday. a cloudy start for some eastern parts of england. 0therwise sunshine elsewhere. fair weather cloud will bubble up more widely and spread out a bit to leave sunny spells. may be a bit of rain coming into dry and a little warmer.
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hello this is bbc news. the headlines: the queen leads mourners at the duke of edinburgh's funeral service, where only 30 people were allowed because of covid restrictions. prince philip's coffin travelled to the service on a specially adapted landrover — its design had been overseen by him. the duke's children and grandchildren joined the solemn procession. in other news this evening, the number of confirmed coronavirus deaths around the world
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passes three million, with the united states suffering the highest number of fatalities.

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