Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh passed away aged 99 on April 9, 2021.The Duke of Edinburgh was a former naval officer who served in the Royal Navy during World War II. Prince Philip was honoured with a gun salute by the military across the UK a day after his sad demise. Coordinated 41-round salutes were fired at one round per minute in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast, as well as at naval bases, from ships at sea and in the British territory Gibraltar as per Fox news.
A video was shared by the social media handle of Tower of London showed the 41 rounds that were being fired, with one round every minute, in unison with other saluting batteries across the UK.
To mark the death of His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh, at 12pm BST today a gun salute began firing from the Tower of London.— The Tower of London (@TowerOfLondon) April 10, 2021
In total 41 rounds are being fired, with 1 round every minute, in unison with other saluting batteries across the UK. pic.twitter.com/0j3lmRwQ8u
Prince Philip had joined the Royal Navy as a cadet in 1939 and not only served but also won mentions for his service during the war. The Duke of Edinburgh held the rank of commander before he retired from active duty after his marriage to Queen Elizabeth II.In 1953, Philip swore to be his wife’s "liege man of life and limb" during the Queen's coronation ceremony and ended his military career, thus dedicating his life to supporting the monarch. Prince Philip was married to Queen Elizabeth II for over 73 years and served as her consort for over 69 years making him the longest-serving consort of the British monarch. Two years after the war ended, Philip married the future queen at Westminster Abbey when she was 21 and he was 26. His naval career came to an abrupt end when King George VI died in 1952 and Elizabeth became queen.At the queen’s coronation in 1953, Philip swore to be his wife’s “liege man of life and limb” and settled into a life supporting the monarch. The couple had four children — Charles, the heir to the throne, Anne, Andrew and Edward.