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.
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.
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…
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. …
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.
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.
The BRNC was initially founded in 1863, and is at the forefront of the education and development of world-class Naval Officers in Dartmouth.
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 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.
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.
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