(SCOTLAND) Remembers Prince Phillip with a minutes silence & gun salute at Edinburgh Castle as his funeral begins at St. George’s chapel in Windsor Castle at 15:00hrs local time #AceNewsDesk report

Duke of Edinburgh: Scotland to fall silent to remember Prince Philip: A gun salute at Edinburgh Castle will mark the beginning and end of the national pause for reflection at 15:00 & at Prince Philip’s former school – Gordonstoun in Moray – pupils will fall silent for three minutes in tribute’

#AceNewsReport – Apr.17: Prince Philip’s long association with Scotland began with his schooldays in Moray and continued with family trips to Balmoral in Aberdeenshire every summer.

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Getty Images: Duke of Edinburgh was fond of Scotland and enjoyed attending the Braemar Gathering highland games

The duke died at Windsor Castle on Friday 9 April, aged 99. He was married to the Queen for 73 years. 

photograph shared by the Queen ahead of his funeral shows the couple smiling at the top of Coyles of Muick – a beauty spot close to the Scottish estate – in 2003. 

Countess of WessexThe photograph of the couple was taken by the Countess of Wessex and published on the Royal Family’s Twitter account

A series of events are planned across Scotland to mark the day of the duke’s funeral. 

Young sailors on board Gordonstoun school’s 80ft training boat, Ocean Spirit of Moray, will lay a wreath off the coast of Hopeman harbour, where the young Prince Philip learned to sail. 

On the shore, a lone student piper will play whilst displaying the Duke of Edinburgh’s coat of arms on a banner presented to the Gordonstoun pipe band by the Queen in 2019. 

In Aberdeen, a beach sand artist will create a large sand picture of the duke. 

Elsewhere, the Royal Standard will be raised at the peak of Ben Nevis by members of the Outward Bound Trust to mark the duke’s support of the charity. 

The trust will also raise flags at Snowdon in Wales, and Scafell Pike in the Lake District. 

Seven Scottish Cup fourth-round ties have been moved to avoid a clash with the funeral, including the Rangers v Celtic match which will now be held on Sunday.

In horse racing, the Scottish Grand National at Ayr has also been delayed by 24 hours from its traditional Saturday slot.

Major B Varvill RAMCPrince Philip at the helm of Diligent when he was around 15

Meanwhile new pictures of the duke sailing a boat during his teenage years at Gordonstoun have been released. 

Philip was captured on camera in 1937 – when he would have been around 15 – at the helm of one of Gordonstoun’s boats, a two-mast, 14-ton boat named Diligent.

In another shot, he grins at the cameraman while helping with the washing up.

Philip’s time at the prestigious boarding school under the eye of his eccentric headmaster Dr Kurt Hahn, inspired him to start his Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.

The images were taken by the great-uncle of a former pupil, who then contacted the school.

Major B Varvill RAMCAnother previously unseen image shows a young Prince Philip doing the washing up

On Friday, Gordonstoun pupils took part in an early-morning run by way of tribute to Philip.

Morning runs were compulsory at the school until the 1990s and more than 100 students and staff, in household groups, ran a 3.5km route from Gordonstoun House to the nearby coastguard watchtower which Philip reopened in 1955.

The watchtower replaced a wooden hut which the duke, a member of the “Watchers” – a precursor to the Coastguard – helped build in 1935. 

The Duke of Edinburgh’s affinity with the north east of Scotland has also been highlighted by the minister of Crathie Kirk, the church used by the royal family when at Balmoral Castle.

Rev Kenneth MacKenzie is the minister of the parish of Braemar and Crathie and domestic chaplain to the Queen, who visits the church for Sunday services with members of her family, when staying at the castle.

He said: “Over the last few days, many different tribes and nations have, with some justification, laid claim to the duke, and while I seek no argument with those who claim that he was ‘thoroughly European’, ‘archetypically British’, ‘adopted by the Commonwealth’, ‘Baptised Orthodox’, ‘Confirmed Anglican’ or whatever – let me try to set the record straight.

“I think HRH The Duke of Edinburgh was one of us.”

Rev McKenzie added he was a “man of faith with an active and enquiring mind” and said he had a keen interest in the church a national and institutional level, including the decisions and discussions of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

The minister recalled: “He was never slow to question how this ‘so-called faith’ was being lived out in any given parish and community – and speaking for myself, I loved him for it.”

How to follow the funeral on the BBC TV and radio

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh Remembered: BBC One, Friday 16 April, 19:00-20:05

The Funeral of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh: BBC One, Saturday 17 April, 12:30-16:20 and 20:10-21:10

The funeral will also be broadcast on Saturday 17 April from 14:00-16:10 on Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live, BBC World Service English, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio Ulster. 

It will also be broadcast on BBC Radio Wales and BBC local radio with some variation in start times.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Apr.17: 2021:

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(LONDON) Prince Philips Funeral Report: On Saturday his cortège will proceed to St. George’s Chapel with his coffin carried on a modified land rover he designed himself as the world will honour a man who gave his life to the service of others and to his Queen for 73 yrs of his life #AceNewsDesk says RIP 🙏’s for the family Amen

#AceNewsReport – Apr.16: On the day of the funeral, the Land Rover Defender will be used to carry his coffin to St George’s Chapel:

Land Rover hearse designed by Prince Philip unveiled: ‘The duke, who died at the age of 99 last week, worked on creating the bespoke hearse for 16 years, starting in 2003’ The Land Rover hearse was among the details of the ceremonial royal funeral released by Buckingham Palace on Thursday.

Prince Philip’s funeral will take place in the chapel at Windsor Castle at 15:00 BST on Saturday.

Images of a modified Land Rover designed by the Duke of Edinburgh to carry his coffin have been revealed: His modifications include the open top rear section, where his coffin will rest, and the military green colour.

How to follow the funeral on the BBC TV and radio details below:

The Funeral of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh: BBC One, Saturday 17 April, 12:30-16:20 and 20:10-21:10: The funeral will also be broadcast on Saturday 17 April from 14:00-16:10 on Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live, BBC World Service English, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio Ulster: It will also be broadcast on BBC Radio Wales and BBC local radio with some variation in start times.

Codenamed Operation Forth Bridge – for the aftermath of Philip’s death have had to change due to the #coronavirus #pandemic, with the ban on mass gatherings and England in national lockdown, means the exact plans 

Prince Philip dead:Duke of Edinburgh won’t have state funeral as he didn’t want ‘the fuss’ this is expected to have a royal ceremonial funeral in a socially-distanced service in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

The duke’s four children – the Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex – as well as grandsons the Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex, will follow the vehicle in a procession.

The Duke of Edinburgh began creating his own hearse in collaboration with Land Rover in 2003, the year he turned 82.

The duke, who served in the Royal Navy in World War Two, requested that the original Belize Green bodywork be switched to Dark Bronze Green, a colour used for many military Land Rovers.

He also designed the open top rear section where his coffin will rest, made to his exact specifications, including the rubber grips on silver metal pins known as the “stops” or “stoppers” which prevent the coffin from moving.

The vehicle also has matching green wheel hubs, a black front grille, a single cab and no registration plates.

The Defender was made at Land Rover’s factory in Solihull and the duke oversaw the modifications for several years, making the final adjustments in 2019, the year he turned 98.

Reuters: Defender was made at Land Rover’s factory in Solihull in 2003

The vehicle’s original role would have been to transport the duke from Wellington Arch in central London to Windsor, 22 miles away, but the coronavirus pandemic curtailed those long-held plans.

The duke used Land Rovers throughout his adult life and granted his Royal Warrant to Land Rover more than 40 years ago.

Tim GrahamPrince Philip was regularly pictured driving his Land Rovers

WPA PoolFormer US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle have been among Prince Philip’s passengers

Prince Philip died at Windsor Castle on Friday 9 April. His body is now resting in the castle’s private chapel.

According to Buckingham Palace, the ceremonial parts of the funeral are in line with the duke’s wishes.

Coronavirus restrictions in England mean only 30 people, socially distanced, are allowed to attend funerals.

The mourners will be members of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh’s families, including three of his German relatives. The procession and service will be televised.

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh Remembered: BBC One, Friday 16 April, 19:00-20:05

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Apr.16: 2021:

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Many people ask this question, is there a UK Royal’s tie to Nazi Germany, well the question is, of course, yes. Anyone who researches hard enough will see it as clear as a summer’s day.

Russia Today broadcast a graphic highlighting the British royals’ links to various Nazis while its presenter asserted, “If anyone knows real Nazis, it’s the royal family.” Among the highlighted connections Russia Today showed were a picture of Charles’s great uncle, Prince Edward the Duke of Windsor, visiting Hitler at his Obersalzberg mountainside retreat in Bavaria, accompanied by the assertion that the American wife of the prince, Wallace Simpson, “hung out with Hitler.” (Edward had to abdicate the monarchy in 1936 to marry her, since she was divorced.) The broadcast also noted that the late Princess Sophie — the sister of the current Queen’s husband — Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh — was married to an SS officer; this was Sophie’s first husband, Prince Christoph of Hesse.

And it screened a photograph of Charles’s son, Prince Harry, wearing a Nazi uniform at a 2005 fancy-dress party, with the commentary: “Prince Charles’s very own son likes to dress up like a Nazi even if it’s just for Halloween.”
Russia Today’s Thursday assault on the royals came after Moscow demanded an official explanation for Charles’s reported comparison — not denied by the royals — of Putin’s actions in Ukraine to those of Hitler.
“If these words were really said, then undoubtedly they are not worthy of a future British monarch,” Russia’s foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in Moscow. “We have requested an official explanation from British authorities over the statements.”

Lukashevich slammed Western media for using Charles’s reported words in what he said was a propaganda campaign against Russia. “We consider it is unacceptable, disgusting and low that Western media are using members of the British royal family to unroll a propaganda campaign against Russia on a contentious international issue like the situation in Ukraine,” he said. Russia and Britain’s positions “differ widely and that is obvious, we see that from the statements of British politicians,” Lukashevich said. “To discuss these topics, we have absolutely legal two-way channels and that does not call for pronouncing judgements in a broad public forum.” The heir to the British throne made the apparently unguarded comments during a trip to a museum in Canada this week, in a private conversation with a Polish-born woman who had fled the Nazis as a child.

“I had finished showing him the exhibit and talked with him about my own family background and how I came to Canada,” 78-year-old Marienne Ferguson told the Daily Mail newspaper. “The prince then said: ‘And now Putin is doing just about the same as Hitler.’” The remark made headlines around the world, and Russian media said it threatened to further “complicate” relations between Britain and Moscow. Charles and Putin are both attending commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, although royal aides said no formal meeting was scheduled. UK Prime Minister David Cameron declined to comment on a private conversation, but said: “Of course, everyone is entitled to their private opinions.” Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said the future king was “free to express himself.”

Opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband went even further, saying: “I think he has got a point about President Putin’s actions, and I think he is absolutely entitled to say that there are real concerns about that.” The prince’s office would not confirm or deny the remarks but said he would not have intended to make a political statement. “We do not comment on private conversations. But we would like to stress that the Prince of Wales would not seek to make a public political statement during a private conversation,” a spokeswoman said.

The prince reportedly made the remark during a tour of the Canadian Museum of Immigration in Halifax, Nova Scotia, as part of a four-day trip to Canada with his wife Camilla. Ferguson, who moved to Canada with her Jewish family when she was 13 and who lost relatives in the Holocaust, confirmed her account of their conversation in a later interview with the BBC. She added that it was “just a little remark — I didn’t think it was going to make such a big uproar.” Members of the royal family by convention do not comment on political affairs, and Queen Elizabeth II is famous for keeping her own counsel.

However, her 65-year-old son Charles has come under criticism in the past for his outspoken remarks about everything from genetically modified food to architecture. Ties between London and Moscow were plunged into deep freeze following the 2006 murder of Alexander Litvinenko, a Russian dissident, in London. Relations began to improve in 2011, but the crisis over Ukraine has led to fresh tensions as the United States and the EU imposed sanctions on Russia for its intervention in the former Soviet state.

Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton made a similar comparison at a private event in March, according to a local newspaper report. Describing how Moscow justified sending more troops into Crimea as a way to protect Russian speakers from a pro-Western government, Clinton said: “If this sounds familiar, it’s what Hitler did back in the 30s.” The Russian foreign ministry last month complained to the German ambassador after Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble reportedly drew parallels between Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and Hitler’s aggression in Czechoslovakia on the eve of World War II.

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