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this is bbc news. i'm samantha simmonds with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. queen elizabeth's husband — the duke of edinburgh — has been laid to rest in st george's chapel, windsor. his royal highness prince philip's coffin queen elizabeth's husband — the duke of edinburgh — has been laid to rest in st george's chapel, windsor. his royal highness prince philip's coffin was followed by the prince of wales, his sister and brothers — eight days after their father's death — at the age of 99. the queen sat alone in the chapel — mourning the loss of a much—loved husband.
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a small congregation attended the funeral, closing a remarkable chapter of modern royal history. our other main news stories this hour. the czech republic is expelling 18 russian diplomats after russian agents were allegedly involved in a deadly explosion at an arms depot. and president biden is under pressure after he tries to keep donald trump's cap on refugees. good evening. eight days after his death, his royal highness prince philip, the duke of edinburgh, has been laid to rest at st george's chapel windsor, in the presence of her majesty the queen, and a small
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congregation of family members. the service, in line with the duke�*s wishes, was restrained, with no tributes paid, as the queen sat alone, a widow, after 73 years of marriage. the dean of windsor paid tribute to prince philip's �*kindness, humour and humanity'. ahead of the service, more than 700 members of the armed forces had take part in a military and musical tribute, before a nationwdie silence was observed. our royal correspondent nicholas witchell was watching the day's events. 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. music: i vow to thee my country.
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drawn up in the spring sunshine on the castle�*s quadrangle were the military detachments. they stood with heads bowed and rifles reversed. the scale was smaller than would have been the case without the pandemic, though that's hardly something that would have troubled the duke. he, afterall, 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. the duke's coffin was borne on the shoulders of a bearer party from the grenadier guards. the coffin was covered with the duke's personal standard and surmounted with his sword and naval cap, and a wreath from the queen. with great care, it was placed on the hearse.
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behind the hearse were members of the royalfamily who were walking to the chapel, headed by the prince of wales. music: god save the queen. a royal salute sounded. and then the first sight of the queen, accompanied by a lady in waiting, in the state bentley, taking position as the order was given for the procession to step off. present arms. bell tolls close by was one of the horse—drawn carriages the duke had taken such pleasure in driving.
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on the seat his cap and gloves. among the members of the family walking behind the coffin were princes william and harry. the focus of so much attention. walking with their cousin, peter phillips, between them. bell tolls the procession wound its way past the castle�*s round tower. by the side entrance to st george's chapel, other members of the royal family stood with their heads bowed. the queen made her way into the chapel, pausing to look back as the hearse moved on down the hill. on the wreath of white roses and lilies on the coffin was a card, on which were the handwritten words, "in loving memory." at the west door of the chapel, the royal marines bore
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the coffin up the steps. inside the chapel, the queen took her place in the quire. before they entered the chapel, the bearer party paused as a field gun signalled the start of a one minute's silence.
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the coffin was borne into the chapel and placed on to the catafalque. around it, the 30 members of the congregation, all of them masked. the service began with a tribute to the duke from 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, by his service to the nation and the commonwealth, by his courage, fortitude and faith. the small congregation sat in its family groups. the queen sat alone. so did prince harry. after prayers, the commendation was delivered as the duke's coffin began slowly to descend
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to the royal vault. in the name ofjesus christ who suffered for thee. in the name of the holy spirit who strengtheneth thee. may thy portion this day be in peace, and thy dwelling in the heavenlyjerusalem. amen. and then a distinctive touch, characteristic of the duke. royal marine buglers sounded the royal navy's call to action stations. royal marines sound action stations at the end of her husband's funeral, the choir sang the national anthem. seldom can its words have had greater poignancy.
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# god save the queen.# the family mourners departed, a widowed queen to her castle, and two brothers, william and harry, walked away together, alongside the duchess of cambridge. the duke of edinburgh is gone, but the brothers know that he would have wanted the family to move on, and for differences to be healed. nicholas witchell, bbc news. outside the walls of windsor castle, despite the fact that police had asked people not to gether because of the covid restrictions, there were small groups determined to pay their respects. some stopped to leave flowers, others praised the royal family for setting an example, by limiting numbers at the funeral service. our royal correspondent daniela relph reports on how windsor and its people responded to the events of the day. there was a quiet early calm to windsor.
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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 what i mean? so that's different, you just don't have that feeling when you watch it on tv. we can see people who came| to pay respects, and for a day we are a community here, so it's nice _ at three o'clock, the gun salute could be heard beyond the castle walls. and windsor, like elsewhere, fell silent.
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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. i feel very privileged to be here and support a special person whose life was very well spent. a shared experience.
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this family lives near windsor and watched together. i felt it was very sad that the queen had to sit on her own. that was a real big picture, probably something you never sort of expected to see. i thought it was really nice that they... because he was with her for so long and it was nice to, like, be able to say goodbye. today, the normal rules didn't apply. the crowds were smaller, the remembrance restrained. but the memories of a man so strongly connected with this royal town will endure. daniela relph, bbc news, windsor. around the world, people have also been pausing to remember the duke — particularly in commonwealth nations, where his work helped to encourage and develop young people in many different countries. our south asia correspondent, rajini vaidyanathan, reports from delhi.
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it was a solo trip in 1959 which brought prince philip 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. for more than 60 years was patron of the uk pakistan society. decades on and south asia has changed. the british royal family 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
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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. it 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 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.
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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 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. this is bbc news, our main headline: the funeral has taken place for prince philip, the duke of edinburgh. eight days after his death, the duke of edinburgh was laid to rest in the presence of the queen and a small congregation of family members. the ceremony at st george's chapel in windsor was in line with prince philip's wishes, with no tributes paid.
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in other news: there's a major diplomatic spat developing between the czech republic and russia. prague is expelling 18 russian diplomats over suspicions that moscow was involved in a weapons depot explosion in 2014. separately, czech police have said they are searching for two men carrying passports in the name of alexander petrov the czech prime minister and the acting foreign minister appeared at a specially scheduled news conference with the stunning news that they are expelling 18 diplomats from the russian embassy in prague and that was because, in the prime minister and's words, clear evidence of the involvement of the russian intelligence services at an explosion at an ammunition is dumped into
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thousand 1a. within a few minutes of that announcement there came even more extraordinary news when the czech police tweeted image of two men that they want to speak to in regards this attack in 2014, this explosion. those two men are the same names and photos as the two suspected agents who were alleged to have been behind the 2018 number chuck poisonings in salisbury in the uk. so, an extraordinary course of events deceiving in prague unfolding extremely quickly with far—reaching consequences for relations between the czech republic and russia. tell us more about those potential consequences. it comes at a delicate time. the interior minister was on his way to moscow on monday negotiate the possibility of russia supplying the czech republic with the sputnik the
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vaccine. russia is one of the countries bidding to modernise one of the czech republic's nuclear power stations and all that now is in tatters. the relations between the two countries have often been difficult and are now really in tatters and after these expulsions we can only imagine how many czech diplomats will be expelled from moscow and what will be left of relations between prague and moscow in the wake of these extraordinary revelations and accusations. president biden is drawing criticism for backtracking on a pledge to increase the number of refugees allowed into the us. he's always sought to distance himself from the hardline stance of the trump administation which only allowed 15,000 in each year — and had planned to raise the number of refugees allowed in to 62,500 per year. but on friday he signed an order keeping the 15,000 cap in place , though under pressure from democrats he's since pledged
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to raise it after all. peter bowes has more now on president biden�*s attempt to placate his liberal critics. certainly the white house stumbled over its communication with this policy. 24 hours ago the president indicated he would stick with 15,000 cap that was enforced during the trump administration and he received a tremendous amount of criticism for that, not least from his own party especially members of the progressive wing of the democrats who wanted to see that number increased quite considerably. as president had pledged to dojust considerably. as president had pledged to do just a couple of months ago when he was talking of more than 60,000 but saying that he was going to cap it at 15,000 because that was best for the country at this time and the white house seemed to blame the press spokeswoman for
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the decimated refugee admissions programme, in other words the government body that deals with the processing of individual refugees. but that does now seem to be an acknowledgement by the white house that things have changed since president biden moved into the white house. we've seen this huge surge of people at the mexican border and clearly there are implications for refugees coming from other parts of the world and that applies to the middle east and africa is well and it does seem that the backtracking is that the president is now saying that by the 15th of may he will indeed increase that cap to 62 and a half thousand orjust below. so a bit of wiggle room there. no definitive number but certainly significantly higher than the 15,000.— than the 15,000. you spoke about criticism _ than the 15,000. you spoke about criticism not - than the 15,000. you spoke about criticism not least - about criticism not least within the democrat party itself. how damaging could this be for president biden? it could be very damaging. he has always been treading a fine
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line between the wishes of the progressive wing, those who want, as i mentioned, significantly higher number of refugees allowed in this country. and those who are more moderate in the party. it has always been difficult for the president in that respect and the potential political ramifications, the next elections. the mid—term elections. the mid—term elections at the end of next year and this is in fact something that the republicans are picking up on, suggesting that the image that the president does not want out there is that it is something of an open door policy and that clearly, immigration, as it was all the way through the trump administration in terms of a defining issue for him, is going to be a defining issue for president biden. in the final year of the obama administration, 85,000 let's get some of the day's other news. the number of people who've died with coronavirus worldwide has passed three million. the united states has
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suffered the highest number of fatalities, followed by brazil, mexico and india. cases of the virus continue to surge in large parts of the world. india recorded more than 230,000 new cases on saturday alone. doctors for the imprisoned russian opposition activist, alexei navalny, say blood tests have indicated he's at risk of kidney failure. mr navalny has been on hunger strike for 18 days, because he's not being allowed access to his doctors. prison officials say he's refused the treatment he's been offered. let's return to our main news now — the duke of edinburgh was the longest serving royal consort in british history. in that role, he undertook more than 20 thousand engagements in britain and around the world, promoting charities and causes close to his heart, such as conservation and technology. in the past week, people who met the duke have been sharing their memories, as our correspondent danny savage reports. this is the legacy the duke of edinburgh has left behind. right, girls, so it's your silver d of e training day. on the weekend of his funeral, young people are out 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
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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 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.
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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 that i spent, the moments we shared over lunch. he was quite a witty, funny man. he was inspirational on the day. i think he had 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. that's all for now we'll leave you with some of the powerful words and images — from the royal funeral at windsor castle.
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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.
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for his resolute faith and loyalty, for his high sense of duty and integrity, for his life of service to the nation and commonwealth. hello there. there's some more spring sunshine on the way for many of us on sunday, but the weather is changing. in scotland and northern ireland, we've got this band of cloud here coming in from the atlantic. that will bring some patchy rain into northern ireland and western scotland. it will keep the temperatures up, mind you. elsewhere, with little or no cloud, then those temperatures will fall close to freezing and there'll be some patchy frost, but it will warm up in the sunshine. but we've got much more cloud across scotland and northern ireland. most of the rain in the morning tending to peter out a bit more in the afternoon, eastern scotland staying dry and bright. sunshine across england and wales although we'll see some fair weather cloud bubbling up across wales and western england. further east in the sunshine, temperatures are likely to be a little bit higher
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than they were on saturday, but it may be a shade cooler than saturday where we've got the cloud in scotland and northern ireland. but at least in the northwest, the pollen levels are not going to be quite as high with that rain around. we're in the peak of the tree pollen season, of course. this rain hasjust been hanging around, though, in the northwest for a few days in actualfact, lowering pressure out to the west of the uk, but the rains not really making much progress at all. indeed, many places still dry on monday. could be quite a cloudy, misty start for eastern parts of england before the cloud breaks up. we'll see some sunshine for a while, but again, some patchy cloud will develop here and there, leading to some sunny spells. the rain just hangs around towards the northwest of scotland, not far away from western parts of northern ireland. bit warmer in scotland, those temperatures continuing to rise in england and wales — 16 or 17 degrees here. now, this rain is going to try to push into the uk during tuesday and into wednesday, but high pressure is going to be building across it, so there won't be very much rain at all. we've got some patchy rain heading southwards across scotland, northern ireland, maybe into the northwest of england, but it really
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is just dying out all the time. could be one or two showers further south, but it's on the whole a dry day. still quite warm across parts of england and wales, turning a bit cooler in scotland and northern ireland. and once that rain just tends to fade away as high pressure builds in, we start to draw in cooler air from the north as we head towards wednesday. we start the week, though, with something a little bit warmer for many parts of the country, and then by the middle part of the week, it does get cooler from the north. but it's been a very dry month and the dry theme is set to continue.
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this is bbc news. the headlines. queen elizabeth has lead mourners at the funeral of her husband, the duke of edinburgh. prince philip has been laid to rest after a funeral service at windsor castle reflecting his lifetime of service and dedication to the queen. in attendance were their children, including the prince of wales. prince philip's coffin travelled to the service on a specially adapted landrover that he helped design. members of the armed forces took part in a military and musical tribute before a nationwide silence was observed. the ceremony was in line with prince philip's wishes, with no tributes paid. walking together after the service, the two brothers — princes william and harry — who have been at odds in recent months. prince philip died last week at the age of 99. he was the longest serving consort, having been married to queen elizabeth for more than 70 years.
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