#AceNewsReport – June.11: Prince Philip died in April aged 99, just nine weeks before he was due to turn 100.
Queen marks what would have been Philip’s 100th birthday with new rose she said the flower “looks lovely” and that it was a “very kind” tribute: The rose was bred by the Royal Horticultural Society and planted in the gardens at Windsor Castle last week.
The Duke of Edinburgh Rose is deep pink, dappled with white lines and double-flowered.
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One was presented to the Queen wrapped in brown paper by Keith Weed, the president of the Royal Horticultural Society.
Mr Weed said: “It’s a commemorative rose for all the marvellous things that he did over his lifetime and for everyone to remember so much that he did.”
PA Media: there are now 30 million gardeners in the UK – a rise of 10% – the Queen said: “That’s very good.”
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
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.
#AceNewsReport – Apr.12: The connection between the people on the island of Tanna and the English people is very strong… We are sending condolence messages to the Royal Family and the people of England,” said tribal leader Chief Yapa, according to Reuters news agency:
On Monday, scores of tribespeople gathered in a ceremony to remember Prince Philip: Prince Philip: The Vanuatu tribes mourning the death of their ‘god’ For decades, two villages on the Vanuatuan island of Tanna have revered the Duke of Edinburgh as a god-like spiritual figure.
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A formal period of mourning is now under way.
For the next few weeks, villagers will periodically meet to conduct rites for the duke, who is seen as a “recycled descendant of a very powerful spirit or god that lives on one of their mountains”, says anthropologist Kirk Huffman who has studied the tribes since the 1970s.
They will likely conduct ritualistic dance, hold a procession, and display memorabilia of Prince Philip, while the men will drink kava, a ceremonial drink made from the roots of the kava plant.
This will culminate with a “significant gathering” as a final act of mourning. “There will be a great deal of wealth on display” which would mean yams and kava plants, says Vanuatu-based journalist Dan McGarry.
“And also pigs, because they are a primary source of protein. I would expect numerous pigs to be killed for the ceremonial event.”
Monday’s meeting saw a couple of hundred people gather under giant banyan trees.
There were speeches remembering Prince Philip, but also discussion about a possible successor. At sunset the men drank kava.
The BBC understands that a private message to Queen Elizabeth has been given to journalists at the scene, who will convey it to British officials.
ReutersOver the weekend villagers in Yaohnanen prepared kava roots for a mourning ceremony
‘A hero’s journey’
For half a century, the Prince Philip Movement thrived in the villages of Yakel and Yaohnanen – at its height, it had several thousand followers, though numbers are thought to have dwindled to a few hundred.
The villagers live a simple life in Tanna’s jungles, much as their ancestors did. Wearing traditional dress is still common, while money and modern technology such as mobile phones are seldom used within their own community.
Though they live only several kilometres from the nearest airport, “they just made an active choice to disavow the modern world. It’s not a physical distance, it’s a metaphysical distance. They’re just 3,000 years away,” says Mr McGarry, who has frequently met the villagers.
ReutersThe villagers live in traditional houses in the jungle of Tanna
The villagers’ centuries-old “kastom”, or culture and way of life, sees Tanna as the origin of the world and aims to promote peace – and this is where Prince Philip has played a central role.
Over time, the villagers have come to believe he is one of them – the fulfilment of a prophecy of a tribesman who has “left the island, in his original spiritual form, to find a powerful wife overseas”, says Mr Huffman.
“Ruling the UK with the help of the Queen, he was trying to bring peace and respect for tradition to England and other parts of the world. If he was successful, then he could return to Tanna – though one thing preventing him was, as they saw it, white people’s stupidity, jealousy, greed and perpetual fighting.”
With his “mission to literally plant the seed of Tanna kastom at the heart of the Commonwealth and empire”, the duke was thus seen as the living embodiment of their culture, says Mr McGarry.
“It’s a hero’s journey, a person who sets off on a quest and literally wins the princess and the kingdom.”Prince Philip was seen as the embodiment of Tanna “kastom”
Nobody is sure exactly how or why the movement began, though there are various theories.
One idea, according to Mr Huffman, is that villagers may have seen his picture along with the Queen’s on the walls of British colonial outposts when Vanuatu was still known as New Hebrides, a colony administered jointly by Britain and France.
Another interpretation is that it emerged as a “reaction to colonial presence, a way of re-appropriating and taking back colonial power by associating themselves with someone who sits at the right hand of the ruler of the Commonwealth”, says Mr McGarry, pointing to the sometimes violent colonial history of Vanuatu.
But experts are certain that by the 1970s, the Prince Philip Movement already existed, cemented by the royal couple’s visit in 1974 to New Hebrides where the duke reportedly took part in kava-drinking rituals.Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth, seen in the front row, watched traditional ceremonies on Pentecost Island in New Hebrides
What did Prince Philip make of it all? Publicly, he appeared to accept their reverence, sending several letters and photographs of himself to the tribesmen, who in turn have plied him with traditional gifts over the years.
One of their first presents was a ceremonial club called a nal-nal, given at a 1978 meeting convened by villagers to ask for more information about Prince Philip, which Mr Huffman attended.
“So the British resident commissioner went down, made a presentation of photos of Prince Philip. Hundreds of these people were just waiting around, sitting or standing under the bushes. It was so quiet, we could hear a pin drop,” says Mr Huffman.
“One of the chiefs then gave a club to pass to Prince Philip, and wanted proof that he received it.”
It was sent all the way to the UK, where pictures of the duke holding the club were taken and sent back to the villagers. Those photos, among other memorabilia, are still treasured by the villagers to this day.
In 2007, several tribesmen met the duke in person. Flown to the UK for the Channel 4 reality television series Meet the Natives, five tribal leaders had an off-screen meeting with the duke at Windsor Castle where they presented gifts and asked when he would return to Tanna.
His reply, as reported by the tribesmen later, was cryptic – “when it turns warm, I will send a message” – but appeared to please them.
Though Prince Philip was known for his frankness and has been criticised in the past for being culturally insensitive, on Tanna “he is seen as very supportive and sensitive”, says Mr Huffman.
ReutersChief Yapa was one of several tribesmen who met Prince Philip in Britain in 2007 and took pictures with him
His connection with the tribes has continued through Prince Charles, who visited Vanuatu in 2018 and drank the same kava his father did decades ago. He also received a walking stick on behalf of the duke from a Yaohnanen tribesman.
A son continuing his father’s mission?
The duke’s death has now inevitably opened up the tricky question of who will take his place in the tribes’ spiritual pantheon.
Discussions are already under way, and it may take some time before they decide on his successor.
But for observers familiar with Vanuatu, where tribal custom usually dictates that the title of chief is inherited by male descendants, the answer is obvious. “They might say, he has left it to Charles to continue his mission,” says Mr Huffman.
Even if Prince Charles becomes the latest incarnation of their deity, Prince Philip will not be forgotten any time soon. Mr Huffman says the movement are likely to keep its name, and one tribesman has told him they are even considering starting a political party.
But more importantly, “there has always been the idea that Prince Philip would return some day, either in person or in spiritual form”, says Mr Huffman, who adds that some may think his death will finally trigger this eventuality.
And so, while the Duke of Edinburgh lies in rest in Windsor Castle, there is the belief that his soul is making its final journey across the waves of the Pacific Ocean to its spiritual home, the island of Tanna – to reside with those who have loved and revered him from afar all these years.Prince Philip: Officer, husband, father
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Meanwhile, the Duke of York said his father’s death had left a “huge void” in the Queen’s life, the Times reports, as more members of the Royal Family paid tribute on Sunday. Princess Royal said her father was her “teacher, supporter and critic”. Prince Andrew said Britain had lost “the grandfather of the nation”, adding that the Queen’s family was “rallying round” to support her after she lost her husband, the paper adds.
The photo dominating the front page is of the Queen and Prince Philip at Balmoral in 1972, which has been posted on the Royal Family’s Instagram account.The Daily Telegraph also leads with the Queen’s tribute to her husband. “The Queen, as you would expect, is an incredibly stoic person. And she described his passing as a miracle,” Prince Andrew said.
On Sunday, a special remembrance service for Prince Philip was held in Canterbury Cathedral.And the Queen’s reported comments about her late husband of 73 years also dominate the Daily Express.Elsewhere, the Daily Mail leads with comments made by Prince Philip’s daughter-in-law, the Countess of Wessex, in which she revealed he died “peacefully”. “It was so gentle, like someone took him by the hand and off he went,” Sophie said.The Metro also leads with Sophie’s comments. “It’s such a shock.
At the same time, you know it’s going to happen, but when it happens it’s just this massive, massive hole,” she said.The Daily Mirror has a split front page, featuring both tributes to the duke and the other story featuring prominently in Monday’s papers – the reopening of non-essential shops, hairdressers and other businesses in England.
The paper says today the country starts to “throw off the shackles of Covid-19”. Millions of customers are expected to visit stores, pubs and salons, the paper adds.People in England are being urged to “behave responsibly”, the i reports. “Caution urged as shutters come up” is the paper’s main headline. Government scientists have warned that infections could spike again if social distancing is not observed, the paper adds. It comes as a record number of second doses were administered in the UK on Saturday – more than 475,000.Adopting a celebratory tone, the Daily Star says people are faced with a difficult choice today – go to the pub or the barbers.
Meanwhile, the Guardian leads with its analysis showing young black workers are three times as likely to be unemployed during the pandemic as their white counterparts. The paper says the black youth unemployment rate was the same in the last quarter of 2020 as in the early 1980s – around the time of the Brixton riots. Experts have warned the pandemic has exposed “deep-rooted inequalities” in the jobs market, the paper adds.
Finally, the Financial Times reports that China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has suggested mixing vaccines to bolster the efficacy of jabs. In addition to mixing vaccines, the number of doses and the interval between them might also be amended, Gao Fu, the head of the CDC, said. It is the first time a government body has acknowledged concerns over the effectiveness of domestic vaccinations, the paper reports.
Meanwhile, former PM David Cameron has admitted he made mistakes in lobbying the government for the now-collapsed firm Greensill Capital.
The papers are still dominated by the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.
The Queen’s comment – relayed by her son the Duke of York – that Prince Philip’s death has left a “huge void” in her life provides the headline for both the Times and the Daily Telegraph.
The Times adds that it was the first time Prince Andrew had spoken in public since stepping down from official duties.
The Telegraph says the Duke of Cambridge’s three children will not be attending Philip’s funeral because of the limited numbers allowed.
The Daily Mail and Metro highlight the words of Sophie, Countess of Wessex, on the duke’s final moments: “So gentle, just like someone took him by the hand, and off he went.”
The Mail describes the countess as “emotional” as she talked to well-wishers after a church service in Windsor.
The Yorkshire Post picks out a quote from her husband, Prince Edward, that the Queen was “bearing up” and was greatly comforted by a “wave of affection” from the public.
The Sun claims the Duke of Sussex has arrived back in Britain from the US, and gone straight into quarantine so he can attend his grandfather’s funeral on Saturday.
Under the headline “Dash Harry”, the paper quotes an insider as saying “a lot has happened since Harry was last with his family, but the focus will be on the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh and nothing else”.
ReutersThe Duke of Edinburgh, pictured in 2017 with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex
The Financial Times reports that China is to “mix and match” Covid vaccines, doses, and the gaps between jabs because of concerns about the effectiveness of its home grown treatment.
It is the first time that China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention has acknowledged any problems.
The FT adds that China has already exported 40 million doses worldwide and the change in strategy will have ramifications for more than 20 countries that have deals to receive the Sinovac jab.
Meanwhile, the pandemic has left young black workers in the UK three time more likely to be jobless than their white peers, according to analysis for the Guardian.
Its study of data from the Office for National Statistics has concluded there is now an unemployment rate of more than 40% for black people aged between 16 and 24.
The paper points out that it is the same as the level in the 1980s when the Brixton riots took place in London.
A government spokesman tells the paper that, pre-Covid, the employment rates for ethnic minorities had been at a record high and it remains committed to helping to close the unemployment gap.
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The Telegraph reports that many pubs and restaurants face confusion about the rules on what counts as “outdoor” spaces when they re-open to serve people food and drink.
The paper says different councils are interpreting the law in different ways and that trade associations have urged local authorities not to be “over-zealous” and to show “pavement pragmatism”.
The Daily Mirror headline declares that it is “Open Day” with “millions” expected at shops, pubs and salons as “we begin to throw off the shackles of Covid-19”.
And the Daily Star says “thirsty Brits face a tough choice today… hit the pub or go to the barbers”.
May I wish you all a kind and peaceful weekend? Blessings and much love always ❤
Friends, as the world wakes up to the reality of the passing of Prince Philip and indeed the realisation of his passing is absorbed by his family, and they deal with the plethora of emotions that they will feel. It is important to appreciate and accept that as individuals we all go through a deluge of emotions depending on what is going on in our lives at the time. Whether it is sorrow for a personal loss, betrayal of a friendship or relationship, deception, unkindness etc. What is important is to exercise emotional intelligence and understand that just because a person is going through heightened emotions, pressure, tension, irrational behaviour etc it does not necessarily make them are a negative person if you find them being overwhelmed and struggling. It makes them very human, if others are unable to comprehend the situation, then I pity that they obviously have a lack of emotional experience and intelligence and just hope that they never have to experience the feeling of “the straw that broke the camel’s back”. After all empathy is always coupled with spirituality. It does not hurt to exercise empathy to those that are severely hurting.
May I wish you all a kind and peaceful weekend. Blessings and much love always ❤