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Prince Philip dead: Huge crowd gathers outside Buckingham Palace to pay respects

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The Duke of Edinburgh died earlier today, Buckingham Palace confimed, at the age of 99. People are gathering in front of the gates of the Palace, despite coronavirus restrictions which ban them from doing so.

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Royal household staff emerged to place a framed plaque announcing the Duke of Edinburgh’s death on the front gates.

Around 30 people have begun queueing to read the sign, as four police officers on horses have stopped small crowds from gathering.

The statement reads: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

“Further announcements will be made in due course.

“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

Members of the public have also started laying flowers at the foot of the gates.

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