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(MELBOURNE) Prince Philip Honoured by Parliament House with 41-Gun-Salute AS Britain fires 99-Gun – Salute Saturday to mark his passing #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.11: Gun salutes have been fired across Britain and in the forecourt of Parliament House to mark the passing of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh:

Australia’s Parliament House, British armed forces mark Prince Philip’s death with 41-gun salute: ‘On Saturday afternoon, the Australian Federation Guard fired 41 rounds from six M2A2 45mm Howitzer ceremonial guns, in 10-second intervals, to honour the duke, who passed away peacefully on Friday morning at the age of 99.

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Australian Federation Guard fires a 41-gun salute to mark the passing of Prince Philip.

The Federation Guard is the Australian Defence Force’s official tri-service ceremonial unit, made up of members from the Air Force, Navy and Army.

The salute followed the British tradition of firing 21 rounds for a royal salute and an additional 20 rounds when fired from a royal park.

All Commonwealth countries have been invited to fire a 41-gun salute, according to a statement from the Department of Defence.

soldiers stand next to howitzers being fired on the forecourt of parliament house in the day time
Members of Australia’s Federation Guard fire the M2A2 Howitzer Ceremonial Guns during a 41 gun salute held at Parliament House, Canberra to honour the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh.(Supplied: ADF/Kieren Whiteley)

‘The British armed forces marked the duke’s death on Saturday at noon (local time) with a 99-Death-Gun -Salute’

Artillery units in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast and Gibraltar, and some navy warships, also fired their guns.

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Artillery guns fire across the UK in tribute to Prince Philip

On its official Twitter feed, the royal family put up a tribute paid by the queen to her husband on their 50th wedding anniversary in 1997.

“He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know,” she said.

Members of the family have been visiting the grieving monarch at Windsor Castle where Philip died on Friday.

“The queen has been amazing,” said a tearful Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, as she left with her husband Prince Edward, the youngest son of Elizabeth and Philip.

Buckingham Palace is expected to announce details of the funeral later on Saturday (local time).

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Prince Edward arrives at Windsor Castle after father’s death

It is likely to be a small, private affair, stripped of the grandeur of traditional royal occasions by COVID-19 restrictions and by the prince’s own dislike of people making a fuss.

Despite a request from the royal family for the public to obey pandemic social distancing rules and avoid visits to its residences, people laid cards and bouquets outside Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace.

soldiers stand with their backs to camera firing a howitzer outside Parliament House
The guns were fired in 10 second intervals. (Supplied: ADF/Kieren Whiteley)

Australia pays respects to duke

Flags are flying at half-mast across the country and Australians are being invited to sign an online condolence book via the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s website.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Governor-General David Hurley will attend a church service in Sydney on Sunday to pay their respects to the duke.

people sit together on a step in the day outside parliament house when the flag in the distance
People gather to watch the 41-gun salute at Parliament House in Canberra. (AAP: Lukas Coch)

Earlier on Saturday, Mr Morrison paid tribute to the duke’s life of “duty and of service” and extended the sympathies of Australia to Queen Elizabeth II.

“On behalf of the Australian people and the Australian government, I extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to Her Majesty and the royal family to the passing of the Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh,” Mr Morrison said.

“The duke’s life was one of duty and of service, of loyalty and honour. Memories of him will, of course, tell stories of his candour, and a unique and forceful and authentic personality. But above all, he was a steadfast man, who could be relied upon, always standing by his Queen.”

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