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Military personnel standing in formation
Military personnel standing in formation

Over the past week the Armed Forces have commemorated HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s life of service and close relationship with the military

On Friday 9 April HRH The Duke of Edinburgh passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle, aged 99. The Duke served in the Royal Navy until 1952 when he became consort to Her Majesty The Queen, and continued to maintain a close relationship with the Armed Forces throughout his life.

Friday 9 April: Lowering flags and paying tribute

Following the announcement of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s passing by Buckingham Palace, flags were lowered to half mast at the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall and at UK military installations and Her Majesty’s Ships across the world.


Image of a Royal Marines Bearer Party, seen here with the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin on the Steps of St George’s Chapel, in Windsor castle.
Image of a Royal Marines Bearer Party, seen here with the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin on the Steps of St George’s Chapel, in Windsor castle.

Today, the funeral for HRH The Duke of Edinburgh took place in Windsor, with the world being able to watch live on TV and radio to take part in mourning

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh passed away peacefully at Windsor on 09 April aged 99. Over the past week, the UK Armed Forces have paid their respects across the world to mark his passing.

HRH had a close relationship with the Armed Forces throughout his life, serving in the Royal Navy until 1952 before becoming consort to Her Majesty The Queen.

More than 700 members of the UK Armed Forces, from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, British Army and Royal Air Force will provide ceremonial support at the funeral.

This includes units with a special relationship with The Duke of…


Funeral preparations take place for HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
Funeral preparations take place for HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

Members of the UK Armed Forces have been preparing for the funeral of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh that is taking place on Saturday

On Saturday 17 April at 2:40pm, the coffin will emerge from the State Entrance of Windsor Castle into the Quadrangle, followed by the members of the Royal Family who will be walking in the procession. All those in the Quadrangle will give the coffin a Royal Salute before the coffin is placed onto the Land Rover.

The Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and Royal Air Force will all have a part to play in the funeral. HRH The Duke of Edinburgh served in the Royal Navy until 1952 where he became consort to Her Majesty The Queen. …


An image of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. Credit: iwm.org.uk
An image of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. Credit: iwm.org.uk
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Philip Mountbatten had a busy career with the Royal Navy, serving during the Second World War, eventually leaving in 1952 to become consort to Her Majesty The Queen

A young Philip Mountbatten began his Navy career in May 1939 at the age of 17 years old, joining the Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) in Dartmouth as a Special Entry Naval Cadet for training, following in the footsteps of his paternal grandfather and uncles. It was at Dartmouth Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth first noticed Philip.


An image of Captain Readwin.
An image of Captain Readwin.

Captain Readwin is the Commanding Officer Captain of Britannia Royal Naval College that kick-started Prince Philip’s distinguished naval career

In 1939, the exiled Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark attended Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) which set him on the path to become consort to Her Majesty The Queen.


He served in the Royal Navy during World War II and became the longest-serving consort in British history; HRH The Duke of Edinburgh led a full and important life

During the Second World War, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh served as a First Lieutenant in the Royal Navy. He was on board HMS Whelp, which was present in Tokyo Bay when the Japanese signed the surrender on 2 September 1945. He left the Royal Navy in 1952 to support Her Majesty The Queen in her royal duties but remained closely connected to the military throughout his life.


The Gun Salute at Cardiff Castle.
The Gun Salute at Cardiff Castle.

The UK Armed Forces marked the passing of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh with a Death Gun Salute fired across the nation and overseas

The most common salute is the 21-Gun Salute, which is reserved for members of the Royal Family and is the Royal Salute. In honour of the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, there was a 41-Gun Salute, so there was an additional 20 rounds fired. In addition the interval between firing the guns changed from 10 seconds to one minute which means the total length of time taken to fire the Gun Salute was 40 minutes.

Take a look as the UK Armed Forces paid their respects to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh at locations around the nation and overseas:👇

Cardiff, Cardiff Castle, 104th Regiment Royal Artillery


At noon today, the Armed Forces marked the passing of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh with Gun Salutes across the nation and overseas

Today at midday, members of the UK Armed Forces took part in a Gun Salute to mark the passing of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. This morning we spoke to Gunner Gower of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, who participated in the Gun Salute at Woolwich Barracks in London.


Typhoon on Op SHADER.
Typhoon on Op SHADER.

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