Royal Family releases book of condolence for Prince Philip – here's how to sign it

THE Royal Family has set up a book of condolence for mourners to sign following Prince Philip's death today.

Anyone wishing to send messages to the Queen and her family can do so online, in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh.

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The Royal Family tweeted: "An Online Book of Condolence is now available on the Royal website for those who wish to send a personal message of condolence."

The Duke of Edinburgh, who had been married to the Queen for 73 years, passed away "peacefully" at Windsor Castle this morning, aged 99.

Just after midday, the Union Flag was lowered to half-mast outside Buckingham Palace and on public buildings across the UK as the world mourns his death.

The Duke's death was confirmed with the age-old tradition of placing a notice on the railings of Buckingham Palace.

It comes as..

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  • Harry wants ‘nothing more’ than to be with the Queen – but will he and Meghan fly back?
  • Boris Johnson pays tribute to ‘extraordinary’ Prince Philip
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Her Majesty, 94, today shared a poignant photo of Philip in a heartfelt tribute to her "strength and guide".

Tearful crowds of mourners have gathered outside the gates of Buckingham Palace, leaving flowers and messages of support.

Her Majesty will now begin eight days of mourning before the Duke is buried in Frogmore Gardens at Windsor Castle.

Due to the pandemic he will not be given a state funeral and his body will body will lie at rest at Windsor Castle ahead of the service funeral in St George's Chapel.

Grieving members of the public also gathered Windsor gathered in their masses to pay tribute to Prince Philip.

Royal wardens dressed in red and grey suits stood outside the castle, rearranging the dozens of bunches of flowers outside the historic buildings as co-ordinators urged the public "remain socially distanced at all times."

Tributes have poured in from around the world for the hardest-working member of the Royal Family after serving his country for more than seven decades.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid tribute to the "extraordinary" Prince Philip, and said the whole country would mourn the passing of a "much-loved and highly respected public figure".

As the consort of the Queen, Prince Philip is entitled to a state funeral.

But in keeping with the duke’s no-fuss public image, it is believed that he had asked not to be given a full state funeral.

Instead, it is thought that he requested what would fundamentally be a military funeral, with a private service held at St George’s Chapel in Windsor and burial in Frogmore Gardens.

Prince Harry is to fly back to Britain to attend his grandfather's funeral as he wants "nothing more" than to be with the Queen, claim royal sources.

However, while Harry is eager to return to the UK to be with his family, it is currently unclear if wife Meghan will join him even though she reportedly wants to be by his side.

The Duke spent his final days with his wife at Windsor Castle, after a 28-night stay in hospital.

But despite her personal pain, Her Majesty, 94, showed her dedication to the country and her family.

She joined Prince Charles for a socially-distanced walk over the Easter weekend.

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