‘I feel really sad’: mourners in Windsor pay tribute to Prince Philip

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Flowers left outside Windsor Castle as Covid restrictions limit gatherings after death of duke

Just a few dozen members of the public had gathered outside the gates of Windsor Castle by Friday afternoon. In the hours after the announcement that the 99-year-old Duke of Edinburgh had died, crown estate staff tried to limit the number of bunches of flowers left outside the royal residence where he died, peacefully among his family.

But among the unusually sparse number of floral tributes, many of the flowers left by the southern entrance to Windsor Castle at the end of the Long Walk bore notes offering condolences to the royal family, and to the woman who had lost her “strength and stay”. One simply stated: “I’m sorry about your husband.”

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