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this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 8. 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 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. and across the nation, at 3pm, gun salutes and a minute's silence took place.
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good evening and welcome to bbc news. the funeral of the duke of edinburgh was held at windsor castle earlier today. although the service itself was small, due to covid restrictions, the duke's love of the military was reflected in the pageantry, before the funeral in st george's chapel. inside the chapel itself, 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 first report is from our royal correspondent, nicholas witchell. it was at windsor castle that they fell in love. it was wartime.
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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. 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.
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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 the coffin was covered with personal standard and surmounted with his sword and naval cap. with great care, it was placed on the hearse. behind the hearse were members of the royalfamily 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.
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among the members of the family walking behind the coffin were 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 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.
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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. 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,
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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 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.
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and finally, at the end of her husband's funeral, the choir sang the national anthem. seldom kennet �*s words have greater poignancy. —— can its words. # god save the queen. nicholas witchell, bbc news. our correspondent, helena wilkinson is outside windsor castle.
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it's been very striking that it's been a very public event, and yet, a very intimate family day as well. yes, absolutely. an incredibly sombre recession and funeral for the duke of edinburgh. it felt like a very personal, private funeral with just 30 members of the royal family inside the chapel. but it was done with planning by the duke of edinburgh himself. he spent years planning every last detail of his funeral. all the songs that were sung within the funeral service, they had been chosen by the duke of edinburgh, and i think the most striking image we saw in nicholas�*s report of the queen herself, because of the covid restrictions, she wasn't able to have any family members sitting next to her in the intimate, beautiful choir within the
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chapel. that image of the queen dressed in black with a facemask on, at times with her head down, while prayers were said during the funeral service. she was there alone, and i think that was a very difficult image for millions of people to see around the world, she didn't have anyone next to wear. her bubble during the last year was her husband —— next to her. today, she sat opposite his coffin, and saying her last goodbye of her husband of 73 years. poignantly during the service, the last post was sounded, which signals the soldier has gone to his final resting place. also, as the duke's coffin was lowered into the duke's coffin was lowered into the royal vault, the bugler �*s from the royal vault, the bugler �*s from the roiled marines sounded action stations. that is us decisional where soldiers should be ready for
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battle —— royal marines. as the sun is setting here at windsor castle this evening, tonight, very much the thoughts with the queen, who has had what must be one of the hardest days of her life, if not the hardest. as she said goodbye to her husband of 73 years at. she said goodbye to her husband of 73 years at— 73 years at. yes, his military family did — 73 years at. yes, his military family did him _ 73 years at. yes, his military family did him proud - 73 years at. yes, his military family did him proud today. | 73 years at. yes, his military - family did him proud today. that walk back from the chapel, back to the castle, that gave a little insight into the family dynamics as well. it insight into the family dynamics as well. �* insight into the family dynamics as well. ~ ., ., , well. it did. all of the military, about 730, _ well. it did. all of the military, about 730, members - well. it did. all of the military, about 730, members of - well. it did. all of the military, about 730, members of the i well. it did. all of the military, - about 730, members of the armed forces here at windsor castle for the procession, as the duke of edinburgh's coffin was brought out and was carried and travelled in that land rover that he modified
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over the years. they had their drums draped in black, their heads were bowed and some of the bands played during that procession. it was done with military precision, which no doubt, the duke would have expected and would have wanted. i think some of those personnel here today would have met the duke on occasions, many of them would not have met him, but i think all of them no doubt united with the duke's dedication to service, his dedication to loyalty. as you say, after the service, members of the royal family walked through the castle grounds, and it was at that moment that we saw the brothers, princes william and harry, and catherine the duchess of cambridge, they walked together and we saw them talking to each other as they left the service. we know beforehand when they followed their grandfather's coffin in the land rover, they were separated by their
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cousin, peter phillips. after the service, princes william and harry and catherine left together and were deepin and catherine left together and were deep in conversation.— deep in conversation. helena wilkinson. — deep in conversation. helena wilkinson, thank— deep in conversation. helena wilkinson, thank you - deep in conversation. helena wilkinson, thank you very - deep in conversation. helena i wilkinson, thank you very much deep in conversation. helena - wilkinson, thank you very much for that. the duke of edinburgh made thousands of official visits all around the country, in support of the queen and many charities, including the duke of edinburgh's award scheme. since he died, people he met have been recalling the time they spent with prince philip. our correspondent, danny savage, reports 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
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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 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.
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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 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. as the duke'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, there to deter any large crowds from gathering.
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some people did stop to leave flowers, many saying 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 of windsor 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, 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
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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. well, you are quite moved by it, you know, surprisingly.
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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're 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. while numbers had to be restricted within st george's chapel for today's funeral, outside in the grounds of windor castle, more than 730 members of the armed forces took part in the event.
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one of them was warrant officer david buckles of the grenadier guards. he spoke to our defence dorrespondent, jonathan beale, before the proceedings got under way. it's a very important occasion. for myself personally, i'm the major of the granadier cards. for the majority of my 3a years of service, his royal highness was the colonel, so is a great honourfor his royal highness was the colonel, so is a great honour for the his royal highness was the colonel, so is a great honourfor the band his royal highness was the colonel, so is a great honour for the band to be here today and play such a special part in the occasion. you've actually met _ special part in the occasion. you've actually met him? _ special part in the occasion. you've actually met him? i _ special part in the occasion. you've actually met him? i have _ special part in the occasion. you've actually met him? i have met - special part in the occasion. you've actually met him? i have met his l actually met him? i have met his ro al actually met him? i have met his royal highness — actually met him? i have met his royal highness on _ actually met him? i have met his royal highness on several - actually met him? i have met his - royal highness on several occasions. i used to play violin for the granadier cards and he would make time to talk to us every time. —— granadier guards. 0ne time to talk to us every time. —— granadier guards. one of his questions was who do we have here,
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the blowers or the scrapers? i replied, i'm a banger, because i'm primarily a percussionist. just replied, i'm a banger, because i'm primarily a percussionist.— primarily a percussionist. just tell us. you primarily a percussionist. just tell us- you have _ primarily a percussionist. just tell us. you have a _ primarily a percussionist. just tell us. you have a very _ primarily a percussionist. just tell us. you have a very important - primarily a percussionist. just tell| us. you have a very important role today, what you have to do? within the band, today, what you have to do? within the band. on _ today, what you have to do? within the band, on the _ today, what you have to do? within the band, on the time _ today, what you have to do? within the band, on the time beater, - today, what you have to do? within the band, on the time beater, so i the band, on the time beater, so i'll be playing the bass drum. it's myjob i'll be playing the bass drum. it's my job to i'll be playing the bass drum. it's myjob to make sure that the procession leads the quadrangle at 75 beats per minute, which will take us down to the chapel timed perfectly. we would be there just in time for the three o'clock national one minute silence. haifa time for the three o'clock national one minute silence.— time for the three o'clock national one minute silence. how many... is this any different? _ one minute silence. how many... is this any different? yes. _ one minute silence. how many... is this any different? yes. i _ one minute silence. how many... is this any different? yes. i think... i this any different? yes. i think... it's a lot more _ this any different? yes. i think... it's a lot more personal - this any different? yes. i think... it's a lot more personal to - this any different? yes. i think... it's a lot more personal to both l it's a lot more personal to both myself and to the band. as he was part of the granadier family, it's
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an important day of reflection for us. a life filled with dedication and commitment, and of course, we'll all be thinking of her majesty the queen and the family as well. but yes, to lead the parade is a great honour. . . , yes, to lead the parade is a great honour. ., . ., ., , . honour. that was warrant officer david speaking — honour. that was warrant officer david speaking to _ honour. that was warrant officer david speaking to our— honour. that was warrant officer david speaking to our defence i david speaking to our defence correspondent. around the world, people in commonwealth nations have also been pausing to remember the duke — particularly as his work helped to encourage and develop young people in many different countries. 0ur south asia correspondent, rajini vaidyanathan, reports from delhi. 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 trip to pakistan, one of his many to south asia.
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for more than 60 years, he was patron of the uk pakistan society. decades on and south asia has changed. the british royalfamily occupies a different place in peoples' lives here. older generations will remember prince philip for his visits here and his death has also brought to light his lasting legacy amongst younger people in the region. the duke of edinburgh award. in this academy, they have been running the scheme for almost two decades. hundreds of children had 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. it gave opportunity to our children to mix with the outside world.
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they face a lot of obstacles and they are taught how to overcome those obstacles. more than 150,000 children in south asia, from all walks of life, have participated in the duke of edinburgh's international award. this girl who wants to be an entrepreneur says it introduced her to skills and experiences she would never have otherwise had. i am from sri lanka where we are focused on formal education. the duke of edinburgh tapped into our lives and made a big change. i think the duke of edinburgh's award was a safe space for me to transform as a young person and for me am very grateful to his royal highness because if not for his legacy i would not be here. prince philip led a life of service inspiring many others to follow suit. you want to refer to
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his awards as a do it he once referred to his awards as a do it yourself growing—up kit. it is through his scheme he leaves a lasting legacy, one which has touched people around the world. 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 united states has suffered the largest number of fan fatalities. so we can curfew has come into force in delhi but there are no plans for nationwide restrictions. agony. those bearing relatives feel this could have been avoided.
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building for more immediate action to stop this deadly wave of the virus, as those losing loved ones paint a picture of a health system buckling under the strain. mark lobel buckling under the strain. mark lobel, bbc news. let's take a look at the situation in the uk. 35 covid deaths have been recorded. that's the total number of deaths within 28 days of a positive test. just over 32 and half million have received their first dose. the latest figures show nearly nine and a half million people have received their second inoculation. the czech republic says it's expelling eighteen russian
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diplomats because of suspicions that russian intelligence was involved in explosions at an arms depot seven years ago. czech police have issued these photos of two men they want to question over the explosions and they appear to be the same russians wanted by authorities in the uk in connection with the poisoning of the former russian intelligence officer, sergei skripal, and his daughter yulia in salisbury three years ago. 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 for more than for 18 days. he claims 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
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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. so the funeral of the duke of edinburgh has taken place, allowing the queen, his family and the nation to bid a finalfarewell under unique circumstances, unique circumstances to the longest—serving royal consort in british history. let's look back at some of the moments of the day, commemorating the life of prince philip.
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we are here today in 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.
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hello. for northern ireland in western scotland it should be milder as well as the breeze. we got cloud coming in from the atlantic that will bring some rain into northern ireland, and eventually into western scotland. elsewhere, we will have lighter winds and it'll be colder. temperatures be close to freezing and there will be patchy frost here and there will be patchy frost here and there. it will warm up in the sunshine, but for much of scotland and northern ireland. the rain and drizzle will peter out and it will be dry and bright for eastern scotland. some patchy fair weather cloud developing in the west. it may be a bit hazy for parts of east anglia, but probably a bit warmer today. temperatures a little lower in scotland and northern ireland under the cloud. most places will be dry on monday, a bit of a cloudy start from some instrument parts, sunshine elsewhere. —— eastern parts. maybe a bit of rain coming
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into northern ireland.

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