• April 21, 2024

Prince Philip: Sporting world pays tribute to Duke of Edinburgh

Flags were flown at half mast across the country to pay tribute to Prince Philip

Aintree was silent for two minutes as the sports world paid tribute to Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who died at the age of 99.

County cricketers also observed a two-minute silence, wearing black armbands for the afternoon session.

Flags were flown at half mast in a number of locations including Wembley and all nine county cricket venues.

There will be a minute’s silence before all Premier League games this weekend and players will be wearing black armbands.

Buckingham Palace said the Duke of Edinburgh “passed away peacefully” on Friday morning at Windsor Castle.

The Duke was an honorary member of the Jockey Club and a past President of the Marylebone Cricket Club.

The Grand National will be held in Aintree on Saturday with a two-minute silence on the course.

The Football Association said it offered its “deepest condolences” to the Queen and the Duke of Cambridge, President of the FA.

Prince Philip was FA President from 1955 to 1957 and accompanied the Queen to Wembley when England won the 1966 World Cup.

As planned, the women’s first leg of the 2022 European Championship in Northern Ireland against Ukraine will take place on Friday at 17:00 CET in Kovalivka.

The friendly between England and France in Caen (8:10 pm) and the friendly between Wales and Canada in Cardiff (6:00 pm CET) will also be played on Friday. There is a minute’s silence before kick-off and the players wear black armbands.

The Rugby Football League paid tribute to the Duke by saying: “As a sport, we will show tribute and reflection at our Challenge Cup games this weekend to mark the life of the Duke of Edinburgh, whose life was a model of public engagement Service.”

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho, who was briefed on the Duke’s death during a press conference, also expressed condolences.

“I have the greatest respect for the royal family,” said the Portuguese.

“I believe that this country will not only share these feelings because I am not English and I know that many like me have the greatest respect.”

A number of football clubs too Paid tributeexternal link to the Duke of Edinburgh, as well as the Lawn tennis associationexternal link.

The All England Lawn Tennis Club said: “We are honored to have the Duke at the Championships at Wimbledon six times, most recently at the Centenary Championships in 1977. His Royal Highness also accepted the invitation to take the men’s singles trophy to be given to Center Court to Lew Hoad in 1957 and Neale Fraser in 1960.

“The Duke’s commitment to a life of service that has spanned more than six decades is an extraordinary legacy. We hope that Your Majesty will find solace in this time of sadness in the great esteem and respect in which the Duke is held was held.”

British rowers will wear black ribbons at the current European Championships, while there will be a minute’s silence at the British Para-Swimming International Meet in Sheffield on Friday evening.

Sir Hugh Robertson, chairman of the British Olympic Association, of which the Princess Royal is the Duke’s daughter, said the British Olympic Family learned of his death with “great sadness”.

“I would like to extend our condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family, and in particular our President HRH, the Princess Royal,” said Sir Hugh.

“The thoughts of the nation are with them all at this time.”

The sports world remembers Prince Philip

The MCC flagThe MCC flag at Lord’s, where Prince Philip had often participated in games, was hoisted at half mastAintree flag at half mastAintree was one of several places they could lower their flagJockeys at AintreeAintree jockeys and officials were silent for two minutes for the Duke


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