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Mayor of Windsor urges onlookers for funeral to 'stay at home'


The proceedings will be taking place behind the walls of Windsor Castle because of the pandemic, although it will be live-streamed online and on TV. John Story said: “It is a very difficult time for people, and people have very strong feelings, but we have to ask everyone to put theirs and the health and safety of others at the top of their list of priorities and not come into Windsor.

“The whole of the funeral is taking place inside the castle walls. Normally you would expect this to take place along the Long Walk and through Windsor but this year it cannot happen. I hope that people will regard it as having been a very respectful and a very safe day.

It will be a very sad day for us all. Prince Philip has been such a large part of our lives for a very long time indeed.”

Mr Story said that “there will be nothing to see” for anybody coming to Windsor on Saturday.

He added it was “just a sign of our times” and an “odd” part of his job that he is now telling people to stay away when he would usually be encouraging them to visit.

Meanwhile Thames Valley Police was carrying out “specialist searches” in the town west of London.

Officers and dogs have been searching street fixtures, including phone boxes, drains, and bins, as well as carrying out patrols in the town centre, the Long Walk and Home Park.

Mourners are asked to pay their respects in an online book of condolence at www.royal.uk/condolence or by making a donation to a charity of their choice, rather than by laying floral tributes.


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