MOURNERS have already turned out in Windsor to pay tribute to The Duke of Edinburgh who has died today.

Buckingham Palace announced the death of the royal earlier today and in a statement said:  “His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle."

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The Palace had placed the royal announcement on the gates of Buckingham Palace to announce Prince Philip's death, this has now been taken down believed to be as a result of the ongoing pandemic to avoid drawing crowds.

However, since the announcement around midday today flowers and tributes have already started to appear outside Windsor Castle where the royal passed away.

The Queen herself is currently at Windsor Castle where she has been staying with the Duke for many months throughout the pandemic.

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Outside the castle today, people have been laying flowers and paying tribute.

Windsor residents James Pedlow said: "It is a sad day, I think everyone was hoping he would recover from his recent surgery and make it through to next couple of months with his 100th birthday.

"It is a massive loss for the royal family, after 73 years by the Queen's side. 

"As a local resident, it is a real shame but glad that he passed away peacefully."

Asked why she made the half-an-hour journey from Wokingham to pay her respects, gym owner Mary Marrison, 40, said: “I think it’s what makes us British, having a monarchy.

“And he’s been the support of our monarch for all of our lives, and I feel like he deserves the respect.”

Sian Keen, 25, an event manager from Windsor, carried a bundle of tulips as she made her way to the gates of Windsor Castle with her friends to pay tribute to the duke.

She said: “I think for people our age, this is the first royal who has died, I think it has affected us in a way I didn’t think it would at first.

“We wanted to come by, we live close by and thought it was a nice gesture.”

 

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There will be no lying in state and no state funeral for Philip, in accordance with his wishes.

His ceremonial royal funeral and burial are expected to take place in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

But the coronavirus pandemic – with the ban on mass gatherings and England in national lockdown – means the exact plans for the aftermath of Philip’s death have had to change.

Buckingham Palace will confirm the arrangements for the duke’s funeral in the next day or so.