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Sport continues to pay respect to Prince Philip with black armbands, silences and flags at half mast


Sports stars continue to pay their respects to Prince Philip… with black armbands, minute-long silences and flags at half mast in the Premier League, Challenge Cup rugby matches and County Championship cricket

Tributes have continued to pour in for Prince Philip from across the world of sport on Saturday, the day after his death was announced.

The Duke of Edinburgh – husband of the Queen – passed away at Windsor Castle at the age of 99 on Friday after suffering from ill health.

On Friday there were immediate tributes from the Grand National at Aintree, Wembley Stadium and County Championship cricket matches.

The Premier League match between Manchester City and Leeds held a two minute silence

The Premier League match between Manchester City and Leeds held a two minute silence

The players and staff observed the silence impeccably inside an Etihad Stadium empty of fans

The players and staff observed the silence impeccably inside an Etihad Stadium empty of fans

The Leicester v Newcastle Challenge Cup match showed a picture of the Duke during a silence

The Leicester v Newcastle Challenge Cup match showed a picture of the Duke during a silence

A Premier League U18 youth match between Manchester United and Stoke also held a silence

A Premier League U18 youth match between Manchester United and Stoke also held a silence

The Championship fixture between Watford and Reading at Vicarage Road showed this image

The Championship fixture between Watford and Reading at Vicarage Road showed this image

And more sporting events paid tribute to the Duke, with the early afternoon Premier League match between Manchester City and Leeds holding a two minute silence, as all matches played this weekend will.

The players and staff completed an impeccably observed two minutes in an empty Etihad Stadium, with players sporting black armbands.

Manchester City and Leeds had both tweeted out statements offering condolence yesterday ahead of their match.

City said: ‘Manchester City extends its sincere condolences to the Royal Family following the sad news that His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has passed away at the age of 99.’ 

Leeds added: ‘The thoughts of everyone at #LUFC are with Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family following the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.’

Silence was also observed at the youth level at an U18 fixture between Manchester United and Stoke, with players standing around the centre circle.

The Challenge Cup quarter-final between Leicester Tigers and Newcastle at Welford Road displayed a picture of Prince Philip with a black background.

On Friday it was confirmed the Grand National at Aintree in Liverpool would go ahead despite the death, with the Union Jack flown at half mast and jockeys and fans also joining in a two minute silence.

The England football team stadium Wembley in North London displayed a prominent tribute, while County Championship matches including Yorkshire against Glamorgan featuring England captain Joe Root, held silences and players wore black armbands. 

Meanwhile, the England and Wales Cricket board announced it was ‘deeply saddened’ by his passing and highlighted his contributions to the sport through various cricket organisations, including trophy presentations and charitable work.

Aintree paid tribute to the Duke with his picture on screens and the Union Jack at half mast

Aintree paid tribute to the Duke with his picture on screens and the Union Jack at half mast

Racegoers and riders joined in a socially distanced silence at the Grand National in Liverpool

Racegoers and riders joined in a socially distanced silence at the Grand National in Liverpool

England football team's ground Wembley Stadium also displayed a prominent tribute (above)

England football team’s ground Wembley Stadium also displayed a prominent tribute (above)

County cricket matches held a two-minute silence while players (above) wore black armbands

County cricket matches held a two-minute silence while players (above) wore black armbands

The FA announced their intention to honour his life by flying flags at Wembley and St George’s Park at half mast.

‘We have sent our deepest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and our president, HRH The Duke of Cambridge, following the passing of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh,’ it said on Twitter. 

‘As a mark of our respect, all flags at @WembleyStadium and St. George’s Park will fly at half-mast. 

And the Premier League wrote: ‘We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts and condolences are with Her Majesty The Queen, The Royal Family and all those around the world mourning the loss of His Royal Highness.

‘As a mark of respect, players will wear black armbands and there will be a minute’s silence before kick-off at all Premier League matches played tonight and across the weekend.’ 

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