Prince Philip: gun salutes held across UK in tribute to Duke of Edinburgh – latest updates

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Salutes held across the UK as well as in Gibraltar after Queen’s Elizabeth’s husband died aged 99 on Friday

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The pope has indirectly offered his condolences to the Queen in a telegram written by the Vatican’s secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican News reports.

In 1980, Queen Elizabeth became the first British monarch to visit the Vatican, and two years later the first to receive a papal visit. Kings and queens of England have been the heads of the Anglican church since it split from the Vatican during the 16th century reign of Henry VIII.

Saddened to learn of the death of your husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, His Holiness Pope Francis offers heartfelt condolences to Your Majesty and the members of the royal family.

Recalling Prince Philip’s devotion to his marriage and family, his distinguished record of public service and his commitment to the education and advancement of future generations, His Holiness commends him to the merciful love of Christ our redeemer.

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The Church of England has published a page of prayer and liturgical resources for churches to access when planning services during the period of mourning.

Also on the page is an online book of condolence.

We meet in the name of Jesus Christ, who died and was raised to the glory of God the Father. Grace and mercy be with you. Today we come together to remember before God Philip, Duke of Edinburgh to give thanks for his life and to comfort one another in our grief.

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