Prince Philip funeral: Mourners across UK observe a minute’s silence for Duke of Edinburgh

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today led the nation in a minute’s silence for the Duke of Edinburgh.

Britons went quiet to remember the life of Prince Philip ahead of his funeral service at St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle at 3pm today. 

Mr Johnson bowed his head in front of Chequers as he donned a black suit and tie to remember the duke. Ms Sturgeon similarly wore black and clasped her hands as she stood outside Bute House in Edinburgh.

The silence was respectfully observed by around a thousand people outside the main gates of Windsor Castle, although it actually went on for four minutes with the crowd unsure when it should end.

Nervously, a few broke into applause for Prince Philip following the moment of remembrance. 

As the clock above the castle tower struck 3pm mourners, police officers, security guards, and the 700-strong military assembly bowed their heads. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson minute's silence for the Duke of Edinburgh at Chequers

Prime Minister Boris Johnson minute's silence for the Duke of Edinburgh at Chequers

Prime Minister Boris Johnson minute’s silence for the Duke of Edinburgh at Chequers

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon observes a minute’s silence outside Bute House in Edinburgh

Ms Sturgeon bowed her head outside Bute House in Edinburgh at 3pm on Saturday afternoon

Ms Sturgeon bowed her head outside Bute House in Edinburgh at 3pm on Saturday afternoon

Ms Sturgeon bowed her head outside Bute House in Edinburgh at 3pm on Saturday afternoon

John Houston, formerly of the Merchant Navy, and now flag bearer for the local British Legion, pauses for a period of silence outside The Norwich Gates at Sandringham House

John Houston, formerly of the Merchant Navy, and now flag bearer for the local British Legion, pauses for a period of silence outside The Norwich Gates at Sandringham House

John Houston, formerly of the Merchant Navy, and now flag bearer for the local British Legion, pauses for a period of silence outside The Norwich Gates at Sandringham House

Members of the household staff observed the minute's silence at St George's Chapel

Members of the household staff observed the minute's silence at St George's Chapel

Members of the household staff observed the minute’s silence at St George’s Chapel

A view of the gun salute at Edinburgh Castle, a single round was fired followed by a single round a minute later to begin and end the national minute silence

A view of the gun salute at Edinburgh Castle, a single round was fired followed by a single round a minute later to begin and end the national minute silence

A view of the gun salute at Edinburgh Castle, a single round was fired followed by a single round a minute later to begin and end the national minute silence

A single round of a gun salute that was fired at 3pm, followed by a single round at 3.01pm to begin and end the National Minute Silence immediately before the funeral service of Prince Philip

A single round of a gun salute that was fired at 3pm, followed by a single round at 3.01pm to begin and end the National Minute Silence immediately before the funeral service of Prince Philip

A single round of a gun salute that was fired at 3pm, followed by a single round at 3.01pm to begin and end the National Minute Silence immediately before the funeral service of Prince Philip

Pupils of Gordonstoun School stand during a minute's silence in Elgin, Scotland

Pupils of Gordonstoun School stand during a minute's silence in Elgin, Scotland

Pupils of Gordonstoun School stand during a minute’s silence in Elgin, Scotland

Pupils and staff from Gordonstoun school observe a three-minute silence in memory of former pupil Prince Philip

Pupils and staff from Gordonstoun school observe a three-minute silence in memory of former pupil Prince Philip

Pupils and staff from Gordonstoun school observe a three-minute silence in memory of former pupil Prince Philip

Gordonstoun school pupils cast a wreath into the Moray Firth from the Ocean Spirit in a tribute to former pupil Prince Philip

Gordonstoun school pupils cast a wreath into the Moray Firth from the Ocean Spirit in a tribute to former pupil Prince Philip

Gordonstoun school pupils cast a wreath into the Moray Firth from the Ocean Spirit in a tribute to former pupil Prince Philip

The massive media strong also stopped commentating and respected the tribute. The silence was only broken by a reporter from French television, reporting from the High Street, who appear to be shouting into a live television camera.

After the minute’s silence was over, the crowd broke into spontaneous clapping in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh.  

In a statement posted just after the minute of silence at 3pm, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award wrote on Instagram: ‘Thank you, Your Royal Highness, for the incredible legacy you leave through (the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award), empowering young people across the world with the skills, confidence and resilience to make the most of life and make a difference to the world around them.’   

London Black Cab taxi drivers observe a minute's silence on The Mall in London

London Black Cab taxi drivers observe a minute's silence on The Mall in London

London Black Cab taxi drivers observe a minute’s silence on The Mall in London

A man stands during a minute's silence for the funeral of Britain's Prince Philip in Windsor

A man stands during a minute's silence for the funeral of Britain's Prince Philip in Windsor

A man stands during a minute’s silence for the funeral of Britain’s Prince Philip in Windsor

Police officers observe a minute's silence during the funeral of Britain's Prince Philip

Police officers observe a minute's silence during the funeral of Britain's Prince Philip

Police officers observe a minute’s silence during the funeral of Britain’s Prince Philip

Members of the public observe a minute's silence on the Long Walk in Windsor

Members of the public observe a minute's silence on the Long Walk in Windsor

Members of the public observe a minute’s silence on the Long Walk in Windsor

Members of the public observe a minute's silence on the Long Walk in Windsor

Members of the public observe a minute's silence on the Long Walk in Windsor

Members of the public observe a minute’s silence on the Long Walk in Windsor

Mourners hold flowers as they observe the minute's silence on the Long Walk in Windsor

Mourners hold flowers as they observe the minute's silence on the Long Walk in Windsor

Mourners hold flowers as they observe the minute’s silence on the Long Walk in Windsor

Hundreds of people gathered outside Buckingham Palace to observe the minute's silence

Hundreds of people gathered outside Buckingham Palace to observe the minute's silence

Hundreds of people gathered outside Buckingham Palace to observe the minute’s silence

People observe a minute's silence outside Buckingham Palace

People observe a minute's silence outside Buckingham Palace

People observe a minute’s silence outside Buckingham Palace

Crowds observe a minute's silence outside Buckingham Palace during the funeral of Prince Philip

Crowds observe a minute's silence outside Buckingham Palace during the funeral of Prince Philip

Crowds observe a minute’s silence outside Buckingham Palace during the funeral of Prince Philip

People observe a minute's silence at Piccadilly Circus in London

People observe a minute's silence at Piccadilly Circus in London

People observe a minute’s silence at Piccadilly Circus in London

Drinkers at the Duke of Edinburgh pub in Hull said the duke was ‘somebody you could have a pint with’, as they marked the minute’s silence and his funeral.

Alfie Stanford, 18, said: ‘I feel like he was a really iconic person and he spoke his mind more than anything else.’

Mr Stanford said: ‘He clearly didn’t want anything special but I feel like we do owe him a lot for his service to the Queen and definitely to his country.

‘I feel like everyone in the country should have marked the minute’s silence no matter where you was and whatever you were doing.

‘I feel you should have stopped and reflected on the man’s life.’  

Retired Sergeant Alex Young observe's a minute's silence at The National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas in central England

Retired Sergeant Alex Young observe's a minute's silence at The National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas in central England

Retired Sergeant Alex Young observe’s a minute’s silence at The National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas in central England

World War II veteran Malcolm Clerc, 94, watches the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh, on the television at his home in Knutsford, Cheshire

World War II veteran Malcolm Clerc, 94, watches the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh, on the television at his home in Knutsford, Cheshire

World War II veteran Malcolm Clerc, 94, watches the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh, on the television at his home in Knutsford, Cheshire

Sailors fire the gun salute at Devonport Naval Base in Plymouth, Devon

Sailors fire the gun salute at Devonport Naval Base in Plymouth, Devon

Sailors fire the gun salute at Devonport Naval Base in Plymouth, Devon

A view of the gun salute at The Tower of London before the funeral service

A view of the gun salute at The Tower of London before the funeral service

A view of the gun salute at The Tower of London before the funeral service

The 206 (Ulster) Battery Royal Artillery conduct a gun salute at Hillsborough Castle, Co Down

The 206 (Ulster) Battery Royal Artillery conduct a gun salute at Hillsborough Castle, Co Down

The 206 (Ulster) Battery Royal Artillery conduct a gun salute at Hillsborough Castle, Co Down

A view of the gun salute at Edinburgh Castle, a single round was fired followed by a single round a minute later to begin and end the National Minute Silence

A view of the gun salute at Edinburgh Castle, a single round was fired followed by a single round a minute later to begin and end the National Minute Silence

A view of the gun salute at Edinburgh Castle, a single round was fired followed by a single round a minute later to begin and end the National Minute Silence

Cold water swimmers observe a minute's silence during the funeral at the Brockwell Lido in London

Cold water swimmers observe a minute's silence during the funeral at the Brockwell Lido in London

Cold water swimmers observe a minute’s silence during the funeral at the Brockwell Lido in London

A moment of silence is held by staff in memory of Prince Philip at Newcastle's Central Station

A moment of silence is held by staff in memory of Prince Philip at Newcastle's Central Station

A moment of silence is held by staff in memory of Prince Philip at Newcastle’s Central Station

Newcastle's Central Station went silent at 3pm as LNER staff remembered Prince Philip

Newcastle's Central Station went silent at 3pm as LNER staff remembered Prince Philip

Newcastle’s Central Station went silent at 3pm as LNER staff remembered Prince Philip

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

The Police Federation observed the minute's silence at 3pm

The Police Federation observed the minute's silence at 3pm

A minute silence was observed by fire crews at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, left, and the Police Federation, right

Fire crews wore their uniform and held their helmets as they stood in silence in West Yorkshire

Fire crews wore their uniform and held their helmets as they stood in silence in West Yorkshire

Fire crews wore their uniform and held their helmets as they stood in silence in West Yorkshire

In Gibraltar the Governor, Chief Minister, Commander of the British Forces and The Speak observes a minute's silence

In Gibraltar the Governor, Chief Minister, Commander of the British Forces and The Speak observes a minute's silence

In Gibraltar the Governor, Chief Minister, Commander of the British Forces and The Speak observes a minute’s silence

Presenter Rob Walker, Stephen Maguire, Jamie Jones and spectators observe a minute's silence in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh during the Betfred World Snooker Championships 2021 at The Crucible, Sheffield

Presenter Rob Walker, Stephen Maguire, Jamie Jones and spectators observe a minute's silence in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh during the Betfred World Snooker Championships 2021 at The Crucible, Sheffield

Presenter Rob Walker, Stephen Maguire, Jamie Jones and spectators observe a minute’s silence in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh during the Betfred World Snooker Championships 2021 at The Crucible, Sheffield

Drinkers at the Duke of Edinburgh pub in Hull observe a minutes silence during the funeral

Drinkers at the Duke of Edinburgh pub in Hull observe a minutes silence during the funeral

Drinkers at the Duke of Edinburgh pub in Hull observe a minutes silence during the funeral

Drinkers  at the Duke of Edinburgh pub in Hull observer a minute's silence during the funeral

Drinkers  at the Duke of Edinburgh pub in Hull observer a minute's silence during the funeral

Drinkers  at the Duke of Edinburgh pub in Hull observer a minute’s silence during the funeral

Mark Dawson, 43, said the duke was ‘a really good chap’ and ‘somebody you could have a pint with’.

He said: ‘The Duke of Edinburgh would have been a fitting place to have a drink with him.’

Mr Dawson said it was a ‘sombre moment’ but everyone wanted to remember ‘the good man that he was’.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s landlord, former soldier Mark Miller, said it was a shame the Covid restrictions limited how much the pub could mark the occasion.

He said: ‘He was colourful character in his time and there’ll be a lot of veterans sad to see him go.’

Mr Miller said there was no chance he would change the name of the pub following Philip’s death. ‘It’s a poignant name, we’re never going to change it,’ he said. 

Players of Norton Cricket club and Stokesley Cricket club observe two minute silence during their fixture in Norton, Middlesbrough

Players of Norton Cricket club and Stokesley Cricket club observe two minute silence during their fixture in Norton, Middlesbrough

Players of Norton Cricket club and Stokesley Cricket club observe two minute silence during their fixture in Norton, Middlesbrough

A minute's silence was observed by Warwickshire County Cricket Club

A minute's silence was observed by Warwickshire County Cricket Club

A minute’s silence was observed by Warwickshire County Cricket Club 

This is the funeral procession for tomorrow's funeral, where William and Harry will not stand next to eachother with the Queen following behind in her car

This is the funeral procession for tomorrow's funeral, where William and Harry will not stand next to eachother with the Queen following behind in her car

This is the funeral procession for tomorrow’s funeral, where William and Harry will not stand next to eachother with the Queen following behind in her car

Commuters and LNER staff at the grand and imposing Central Station in Newcastle city centre stood still with their heads bowed to pay their respects to the duke.

Meanwhile, mourners gathered at the Tommy statue in Seaham, County Durham, to honour the Queen’s husband, who would have turned 100 this year.

Members of the Leeds PHAB Club observed the silence outside the Prince Philip Centre, which is named after the duke.

Philip visited the centre at least four times since he was instrumental in starting it in 1969. Just six members and volunteers gathered for a socially-distanced observance of the silence due to Covid restrictions. Ann Hart, honorary secretary of the PHAB club which brings together disabled and abled-bodied people from across Leeds, was among the group.

Mrs Hart, who met Philip three times, said: ‘He was just an absolutely fantastic man. He was really interested in anything you did. He wanted to know the be-all-and-end-all of everything.’ 

Shortly before the clock struck 3pm the melody of the Last Post had rung out above the ocean as a bugle player stood on the seafront, next to the figure of the World War One soldier.  

At a sunny Windsor Castle, deserted with no crowds allowed, the quadrangle was packed with bands playing the prince’s favourite songs and hymns including Jerusalem as his extraordinary Land Rover hearse arrived flanked by senior officers from the duke’s regiments.

Troops stood with their heads bowed as the Land Rover, upon which the coffin will be placed, was driven into the quadrangle while military bands played music selected by the duke.  

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