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(AUSTRALIA) Bert Newton State Funeral Report: The story of Newton’s last moments, read from a letter penned by his daughter Lauren, was one of many emotional memories shared for the entertainment icon #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.13: Bert Newton waited for his wife Patti to leave the room before taking his final breath: If she hadn’t left, he would not have been able to go.

#AceDailyNews says according to top ABC News Report: Bert Newton, a legend of Australian entertainment, farewelled at state funeral Kindness & Love❤️ says RIP and 🙏’s for the family Amen

Patti Newton touches the coffin following the State Funeral Service for her late husband Bert Newton
Bert Newton’s love for his wife Patti was central to tributes shared at his state funeral.(AAP: James Ross)

Alongside his family, famous faces of entertainment and politics filled the pews of St Patrick’s Cathedral in East Melbourne, just around the corner from the streets of Fitzroy where Newton grew up: Read back over their live blog to see how Australia said goodbye to Bert Newton

It was on those notorious streets he was living when in 1950 he first visited a radio studio with his Boy Scouts troupe.

That visit sparked a love for broadcast, and launched a career that lasted for decades.

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A look back at some of Bert Newton’s most iconic moments.

“To Australia, Bert wasn’t just a man on a screen or an actor on a stage,” Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said as he began the eulogies.

“He was someone we all felt we knew.

“Like a fireplace on a cold night, families would gather around their TV sets, drawn in by Bert’s warmth and sustained by his inviting ease.

“Bert was more than talent. He was trust.”

Molly Meldrum arrives at the State Funeral Service for Bert Newton at St Patrick’s Cathedral.
Molly Meldrum is one of dozens of mourners to say their goodbyes.(AAP: James Ross)

Newton was remembered as a mentor who despite his huge success spent decades mentoring and guiding young actors and entertainers.

“Albert Watson Newton, AM, MBE. To Graham Kennedy he was ‘Herbie’, to Don Lane he was ‘Moon Face’, and to all of us, he was our Bert,” friend and broadcaster Eddie McGuire said.

Through all of the memories about Newton’s skill on stage and screen, what was at the heart was “Bert’s amazing generosity of spirit”, McGuire said.

Photographs of Bert Newton and a gold Logie on display with floral arrangements in the background.
Newton’s life as an entertainer, husband and father is remembered.(AAP: James Ross)

Those memories included Newton spending time with a stranger dying of HIV/AIDS “at a time when sufferers were stigmatised and isolated”.

He even gave him one of his Logies, McGuire said, a story which could help explain a family mystery — of his 36 Logies, the family can only find 17.

“Bert was a giant,” McGuire said, paraphrasing tributes to Frank Sinatra in 1983.

“Of the givers of the world, he stands tallest.”

Newton’s partnerships with some of Australia’s entertainment greats, and his encounters with the globe’s biggest stars, were remembered alongside his ability to lift up newer performers.

“Bert carried so many,” McGuire said.

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Pete Smith OAM delivers a tribute on behalf of the Newton family.

But for all his time on screen and stage, Newton’s passing will be felt most deeply by those he shared the intimate moments of his life with.

“I’ve lost a dear friend,” said Peter Smith OAM, who delivered tributes on behalf of the family.

A letter from Newton’s son Matthew, who is overseas, recalled a father and young son who bonded over television, stories and books.

While he was there for the laughs, he was always there for the tough times too, Matthew said. 

“One final conversation a few days before we lost him was different from the usual, and we both knew it,” he said.

“The change was never directly stated, but we eschewed the stories and the laughs and we just said how much we loved each other.”

His father would want to be remembered “with a wink, and not a tear”, he said.

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Anthony Callea sings The Prayer, accompanied by longtime musical director John Foreman.

Through every speaker, Newton’s love for his wife Patti shone through.

“You two were a team, are a team,” Matthew said to his mother in the letter.

“And even though your partner isn’t on stage any more, the show goes on, and you’ll be OK.”

His children recalled how much their father wanted to be surrounded by his beloved grandchildren, who gave him a new lease on life in his later years.

“Family always came first for Dad,” his daughter Lauren said.

“He was the greatest Dad I could have wished for, and he was such a huge part of my children’s lives, as well.”

Patti and Lauren Newtown lead pallbearers during the State Funeral Service for Bert Newton
Patti and Lauren Newton lead the pallbearers.(AAP: James Ross)

Sitting quietly in the church for the service was Newton’s wife Patti, his partner of about five decades and half of one of Australia’s golden couples.

“Saying goodbye has been heartbreaking for us all, especially mum,” Lauren’s letter said.

“They loved one another so much and I know how he waited until she left the room to take his last breath.

“Because while she was with him, he couldn’t have gone.

“My beautiful dad will be with us forever, in our hearts and memories, but life will never be the same without him.

White doves are released by a family.
Patti Newton, her daughter Lauren with husband Matt Welsh and their children release doves in honour of Bert Newton.(AAP: Joel Carrett)

Smiling photos of Newton accompanied Frank Sinatra’s song My Way before a full requiem mass began at the church.

“For an entertainment man … Bert was at heart a man of humble faith, of family love and of unassuming care for the least,” Archbishop Peter Comensoli said.

After a mass befitting his Catholic faith, full of colour and song, Newton’s family tearfully escorted his casket from the church.

Under grey and rainy Melbourne skies, mourners gave their final goodbyes to a casket draped in the Australian flag.

In a symbol of peace and hope, his grandchildren released doves outside the cathedral.

And with his family by his side, in his beloved Melbourne, Newton made his final exit.

#AceNewsDesk ……….Published: Nov.13: 2021:

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(LONDON) Prince Philip Funeral Report: Much loved & respected man was laid to rest today Saturday after a dedicated & honourable life of giving of himself to others #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.17: It will be a celebration of a life well lived and will also show how much the armed forces loved and respected him,” said Gen Sir Nick Carter:

The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral on Saturday will had the prince’s “fingerprints [all] over it” and will reflect his wide interests, the head of the UK’s armed forces has said.

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The Funeral of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh: BBC One, Saturday 17 April, 12:30-16:20 and 20:10-21:10:

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Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Nick Carter after a live exercise demonstration at Bovington Camp in Dorset. The event showcases core equipment capabilities highlighted in the Defence Command Paper.
Gen Sir Nick Carter said the duke will be remembered for the interest he showed in the armed forces

Sir Nick will walk alongside the coffin as part of the funeral procession: Prince Philip’s four children will also follow the Land Rover hearse:

Among the funeral details that Prince Philip was involved in is the specially-modified Land Rover hearse, which the duke helped to design over 16 years. He requested it be repainted in military green and helped to design the open top rear of the car.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral will take place at St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle at 15:00 BST on Saturday. 

There will only be 30 mourners at the ceremony, in line with coronavirus restrictions. 

Buckingham Palace said the Queen faced “some very difficult” decisions in selecting the mourners from the 800-strong congregation originally planned, and she wanted all branches of her husband’s family to be represented.

“It’s obviously been slightly affected by Covid, but nonetheless it will reflect military precision,” said Sir Nick, the chief of defence staff, on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

“And of course it will reflect his very wide interests and very wide connections within our military.”

He added: “I think that what people will notice in all the different details in terms of the ceremony, that his fingerprints were over it. And it reflects his wide interests and his attention to detail.”

ReutersThe Defender was made at Land Rover’s factory in Solihull in 2003 and the duke oversaw modifications

Prince Philip Operation Forth Bridge Funeral Report: He will not lie in state and there will be no state funeral because he had insisted that he did not want the ‘fuss’

EPA Final preparations have been taking place for the funeral at Windsor Castle

He also personally selected the regalia – medals, decorations and insignia – that will be on the altar for his funeral.

Sir Nick hailed the “extraordinary war record” of Prince Philip – who served in the Royal Navy in World War Two – and the dozens of different military decorations and awards he had.

“I think people will realise that this is a life worth looking into and I think they will be surprised by what he achieved and what he did in his 99 years,” he said. 

The Queen has decided that there will be no military uniforms worn by members of the Royal Family, and those attending will instead wear morning coats with medals, or day dress.

Asked whether there was disappointment at that decision in military circles, Sir Nick said: “No I don’t think so at all. I think we would wish to do what the Royal Family wants to have done, and we absolutely respect that.

“And as people will see tomorrow – and I hope they will tune in to watch it – it will be a very memorable moment and a celebration of his life, and I think it’s a tremendous celebration and people will enjoy watching.”

Sir Nick said Prince Philip always showed “good humour, wit and empathy” to the rank and file

Prince Philip died at Windsor Castle on Friday 9 April aged 99. His body is now resting in the private chapel at the castle.

According to Buckingham Palace, the ceremonial parts of the funeral are in line with the duke’s wishes.

The procession to the chapel will be headed by the Band of the Grenadier Guards, followed by the Household Division and military service chiefs.

The duke’s four children – the Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex – as well as his grandsons the Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex will walk behind the coffin. 

The Queen will travel with a lady-in-waiting in the state Bentley at the end of the procession, and enter the chapel by a side door.

In line with Covid lockdown rules, the 30-person congregation inside the chapel will put on masks and socially distance, with the Queen seated alone.

Royal historian Professor Kate Williams said she thought it will be “a very striking image” to see the Queen sitting alone rather than with the other mourners.

“They’ll be wearing masks and sitting in their bubbles in St George’s Chapel. And the Queen doesn’t have a bubble, the bubble was Prince Philip,” she told BBC Breakfast.

The other mourners include the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge as well as all of the duke’s grandchildren and their spouses, apart from the Duchess of Sussex, who is heavily pregnant and will remain in the US.

The children of the Queen’s sister Princess Margaret will also be in attendance, along with Bernhard, the Hereditary Prince of Baden; Donatus, Prince and Landgrave of Hesse; and Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.

The Countess Mountbatten of Burma – previously known as Lady Romsey and later Lady Brabourne – who was Philip’s carriage driving partner and one of his closest friends will also be in attendance.

The 67-year-old countess is the wife of Earl Mountbatten, Norton Knatchbull – the grandson of Prince Philip’s uncle the 1st Earl Mountbatten, who was killed by the IRA in 1979.

The full order of service, which will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Dean of Windsor, will be released on Friday evening.

The 30 people attending the funeral

  • Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence
  • Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden
  • Prince Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse
  • Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
  • The Countess Mountbatten of Burma

Read more: Who is going to Prince Philip’s funeral?

Royal Family tree and line of succession 

How to follow the funeral on the BBC TV and radio

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh Remembered: BBC One, Friday 16 April, 19:00-20:05

The Funeral of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh: BBC One, Saturday 17 April, 12:30-16:20 and 20:10-21:10

The funeral will also be broadcast on Saturday 17 April from 14:00-16:10 on Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live, BBC World Service English, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio Ulster. 

It will also be broadcast on BBC Radio Wales and BBC local radio with some variation in start times.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Apr.17: 2021:

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(LONDON) Prince Philip Operation Forth Bridge Funeral Report: He will not lie in state and there will be no state funeral because he had insisted that he did not want the ‘fuss’ #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.10: His ceremonial royal funeral will be televised and broadcast to the country with crowds anywhere to be discouraged:

Codenamed Operation Forth Bridge – for the aftermath of Philip’s death have had to change due to the #coronavirus #pandemic, with the ban on mass gatherings and England in national lockdown, means the exact plans

Prince Philip dead: Duke of Edinburgh won’t have state funeral as he didn’t want ‘the fuss’ this is expected to have a royal ceremonial funeral in a socially-distanced service in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Published: 12:16, 9 April 2021:

Buckingham Palace will confirm the arrangements for the duke’s funeral in the next day or so as the Queen enters eight days of mourning; It is thought a small, socially-distanced service will take place at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in Berkshire: Lord Chamberlain, the most senior officer of the royal household, will be in charge of arrangements.

Prince Philip waits for the bridal procession following the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, on October 12, 2018

The announcement of Philip’s death was made today after senior members of the royal family including Prince Charles and the Duke of Cambridge were told.

A statement within a wooden frame is expected to be pinned to the railings outside Buckingham Palace in London, with a series of gun salutes also possible.

The Queen will also sign off the funeral plans and confirm a period of mourning. There will also be a memorial website where people can leave their condolences.

Union flags will now fly at half-mast on royal buildings where the Queen is not in residence, although the royal standard never flies at half-mast. 

The congregation watches as pallbearers place the coffin of the Queen Mother on the catafalque in Westminster Abbey in London at the start of her state funeral on April 9, 2002

Philip’s coffin will be at rest and it is expected to be moved at some point over the next few days to Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace in London.

The Queen is also expected to broadcast a televised message to the nation at some stage over the next few days, although this is dependent on how she feels.

In normal times, there would be early morning rehearsals over the next week for a gun carriage and procession through the streets of London, and another in Windsor.

The day before his funeral, the coffin would be moved across the road from Chapel Royal to the Queen’s Chapel to allow an easier transfer to the gun carriage. 

The funeral itself would be held in Windsor, while a military procession would take place from St James’s Palace, down Marlborough Road and up The Mall.

The gun carriage holding the coffin would then pass around the Queen Victoria Memorial, Buckingham Palace and up Constitution Hill to Wellington Arch.

Members of the military would lead the procession, with the royal family and household walking behind – but the Queen would be expected to go straight to Windsor.

At Wellington Arch, there will be a royal salute before a ceremonial transfer sees the coffin moved to a Land Rover hearse or car and taken to Windsor. 

The royal standard at full mast flies over Windsor Castle as the funeral procession for King George VI passes, with the Queen following in a carriage in February 1952
Thousands turn out to mourn the death of King George VI in February 1952
The funeral procession of King George V through London in 1936

On arrival in Windsor, there would be a slow procession driven up the Long Walk with drummers, military and members of the royal family following behind.

It would move up the Long Walk, through Cambridge Gate and then onto Park Street, High Street, past the Guildhall and Castle Hill and in through the Henry VIII gate. 

The televised funeral would be expected to be carried out by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, with the Dean of Windsor and representatives from other chapels.

There would then be a private committal service in St George’s Chapel for his burial. He is expected to be buried in Frogmore Gardens, in the grounds of Windsor Castle. 

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