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Prince Philip funeral: Kylie Minogue, Liam Payne and Piers Morgan pay tribute


Kylie Minogue and Liam Payne led the celebrity tributes as the nation bid a fond farewell to Prince Philip as his funeral took place on Saturday. 

The Duke Of Edinburgh passed away at Windsor Castle on Friday 9 April aged 99.  

Kylie, 52, described it as ‘an honour’ to meet Prince Philip during a private audience at the castle back in 2017, while Liam, 27, spent hours creating a watercolour portrait of the Duke in his memory. 

Honour: Kylie Minogue led the celebrity tributes as the nation prepares to bid a fond farewell to Prince Philip ahead of his funeral on Saturday

Honour: Kylie Minogue led the celebrity tributes as the nation prepares to bid a fond farewell to Prince Philip ahead of his funeral on Saturday

At the time of their meeting, Kylie described the Duke as ‘charm personified’ and said they had a ‘good old chat’. 

Taking to Twitter, Kylie shared two photos during the event, with the songstress looking lovely in a floaty floral gown as she stood alongside Prince Philip. In the other, Kylie laughed as she inspected a frame with the Duke. 

She captioned the post: ‘RIP HRH Prince Philip. What an honour it was to meet at Windsor Castle.’ 

Special moment: The singer, 52, described it as 'an honour' to meet Prince Philip during a private audience at the castle back in 2017

Special moment: The singer, 52, described it as ‘an honour’ to meet Prince Philip during a private audience at the castle back in 2017

Impressive: Sharing a watercolour he had painted of his Royal Highness in uniform, Liam penned: 'Rest in peace HRH Prince Philip, finished this off whilst listening to your life what a great legacy left behind.'

Impressive: Sharing a watercolour he had painted of his Royal Highness in uniform, Liam penned: ‘Rest in peace HRH Prince Philip, finished this off whilst listening to your life what a great legacy left behind.’

Former One Direction star Liam showcased his artistic talents in tribute to the late Duke, as he revealed he had been watching a show on his ‘life and legacy’. 

Sharing a watercolour he had painted of his Royal Highness in uniform, Liam penned: ‘Rest in peace HRH Prince Philip, finished this off whilst listening to your life what a great legacy left behind.’ 

Liam previously took to his Instagram to detail the progress on the portrait as it took shape over a number of hours. 

'Thank you for your service': The singer, 27, paid tribute to the late Duke of Edinburgh with the drawing of a young Prince Philip in his naval uniform

‘Thank you for your service’: The singer, 27, paid tribute to the late Duke of Edinburgh with the drawing of a young Prince Philip in his naval uniform

Work-in-progress: Liam took to his Instagram to detail the progress on the portrait as it took shape over a number of hours

Sketch: In the next shot, the former boy band member had drawn the complete outline of the Duke, who was now recognisable as the monarch's husband, writing: 'Hours later ready for water colour'

Work-in-progress: Liam took to his Instagram to detail the progress on the portrait as it took shape over a number of hours

RIP: He used a photograph from the 1950s as inspiration to draw from next to his painting of the Duke as he thanked him for his years of service

RIP: He used a photograph from the 1950s as inspiration to draw from next to his painting of the Duke as he thanked him for his years of service

In the next shot, the former boy band member had drawn the complete outline of the Duke, who was now recognisable as the monarch’s husband, writing: ‘Hours later ready for water colour’. 

He first sketched an outline of Prince Philip’s head as he wrote: ‘Beginning something really special I hope.’ 

Piers Morgan also paid tribute to the Duke as he shared a photo of the Queen walking alongside Prince Philip, alongside a recreation of the photo taken years later into their marriage. 

He wrote: ‘Thinking of The Queen today as she says goodbye to the love of her life.’   

Moving: Piers Morgan also paid tribute to the Duke and wrote 'Thinking of The Queen today as she says goodbye to the love of her life'

Moving: Piers Morgan also paid tribute to the Duke and wrote ‘Thinking of The Queen today as she says goodbye to the love of her life’

Touching: Darcey Bussell took to Instagram to tell her followers she was backing the effort to get one million more young people their DofE, in memory of Prince Philip

Touching: Darcey Bussell took to Instagram to tell her followers she was backing the effort to get one million more young people their DofE, in memory of Prince Philip 

True love: Jay Rutland re-shared a photo the Queen released on Friday of the couple during a holiday in Scotland. He captioned the post with two heart emojis and a broken heart emoticon

True love: Jay Rutland re-shared a photo the Queen released on Friday of the couple during a holiday in Scotland. He captioned the post with two heart emojis and a broken heart emoticon

Tamara Ecclestone’s husband Jay Rutland re-shared a photo the Queen released on Friday that showed the couple beaming during a private family holiday in Scotland. 

He captioned the post with two heart emojis and a broken heart emoticon. 

Fearne Cotton said: ‘The shots on the BBC of Her Majesty The Queen alone are breaking my heart in two. A beautiful ceremony. A long, amazing life celebrated so perfectly.’ 

Piers also shared a photo of the Queen at the funeral alongside a crying emoji.

The Morning’s Ruth Langsford wrote: ‘My heart is breaking for her. RIP Prince Philip’, while Peter Andre echoed Ruth’s sentiments and wrote: ‘Farewell Prince Philip. Thinking of our Queen’.  

Amanda Holden shared a photo of the sun in the sky and simply wrote: ‘#Rip #dukeofedinburgh.’

'Breaking my heart': Fearne Cotton said: 'The shots on the BBC of Her Majesty The Queen alone are breaking my heart in two. A beautiful ceremony. A long, amazing life celebrated so perfectly.'

‘Breaking my heart’: Fearne Cotton said: ‘The shots on the BBC of Her Majesty The Queen alone are breaking my heart in two. A beautiful ceremony. A long, amazing life celebrated so perfectly.’

Kate Garraway penned: 'So alone - my heart breaks for her and so so many others who have lost loved ones this year . Just shows who ever you are the pain of grief and the loneliness it brings'

Kate Garraway penned: ‘So alone – my heart breaks for her and so so many others who have lost loved ones this year . Just shows who ever you are the pain of grief and the loneliness it brings’

Emotional: Piers also shared a photo of the Queen at the funeral alongside a crying emoji

Emotional: Piers also shared a photo of the Queen at the funeral alongside a crying emoji

Thinking of Her Majesty: The Morning's Ruth Langsford wrote: 'My heart is breaking for her. RIP Prince Philip

Thinking of Her Majesty: The Morning’s Ruth Langsford wrote: ‘My heart is breaking for her. RIP Prince Philip 

'Thinking of our Queen': Peter Andre echoed Ruth's sentiments and wrote: 'Farewell Prince Philip. Thinking of our Queen'

‘Thinking of our Queen’: Peter Andre echoed Ruth’s sentiments and wrote: ‘Farewell Prince Philip. Thinking of our Queen’ 

Sir David Attenborough also shared touching memories of working with Prince Philip during the BBC’s coverage of the funeral. 

He said: ‘He spoke with a passion…he cared about it, but he also knew about it a lot. If people are aware that there are problems (with wildlife conservation), a great deal of that is due to him.’

Meanwhile, Alan Titchmarsh shared a letter the Duke had once sent him where he discussed his hobbies, which included shooting, polo and carriage driving.  

Thinking of you: Amanda Holden shared a photo of the sun in the sky and simply wrote: '#Rip #dukeofedinburgh'

Thinking of you: Amanda Holden shared a photo of the sun in the sky and simply wrote: ‘#Rip #dukeofedinburgh’

Darcey Bussell also took to Instagram to tell her followers she was backing the effort to get one million more young people their DofE, in memory of Prince Philip. 

Sharing a photograph of them shaking hands, the former Strictly judge wrote: ‘In memory of Prince Philip I’m backing the effort to get one million more young people doing their DofE to show the potential today’s youth have. They are the leaders of today, tomorrow and the future.

‘#DofELivingLegacy will help @DofEUK give one million more young people, from all circumstances and backgrounds, the opportunity to do their DofE over the next five years’.  

Tens of millions of people in Britain and around the world will be watching the most important royal funeral since the Queen Mother died in 2002. 

The event, pared back because of the pandemic, was overseen by Philip for at least 20 years before his death.

Her Majesty is determined to ensure it reflects his ‘unwavering loyalty’ to her during their 73-year marriage and her 68-year reign on the throne as well his lifetime of service to the UK and the Commonwealth in his 99-year life.   

Farewell: Tens of millions will be watching the most important royal funeral since the Queen Mother died in 2002. Pictured,  The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery on Saturday morning

Farewell: Tens of millions will be watching the most important royal funeral since the Queen Mother died in 2002. Pictured,  The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery on Saturday morning 

In pre-pandemic times thousands of mourners would have travelled to the Berkshire town to pay their respects, but the Royal Family, the Government and police are asking the public to stay away. However, it appears hundreds have defied the warnings and gathered to pay their respects in Windsor despite the risk of fines or even arrest.

People who knew Philip best have said he would be pleased about the smaller crowds because he always demanded ‘no fuss’ in the event of his death.  

While much of the typical pageantry has been pared back, Buckingham Palace says the funeral will still reflect Philip’s life of service and the plans he himself spent years fine-tuning. 

Right down to the bespoke Land Rover hearse to carry his own coffin, the event – code-named Operation Forth Bridge – will be executed with military precision, leading up to the 3pm service at St George’s Chapel. 

The first glimpses inside the chapel shows the Duke’s insignia, Field Marshal’s baton, RAF wings and decorations from Denmark and Greece resting on cushions at the altar.

The Queen, 94, will say a private farewell to her husband, who she once called her ‘strength and stay’, before his body is driven to the chapel tailed by a small procession including Philip’s four children and three grandsons. 

Sources say she has been the ‘epitome of dignity’ this week, and the Archbishop of Canterbury paid tribute to her ‘extraordinary dignity and courage’.

Justin Welby, who will praise Philip’s ‘life of service to the nation and Commonwealth’ at the service, added that he hoped the nation prayed for her and ‘hope for her to find strength in what must be an anguished moment’. 

Wonderful marriage: On Friday night, the Palace shared a touching unseen picture of the Queen with her husband, who died peacefully at the castle on Friday last week at 99

Wonderful marriage: On Friday night, the Palace shared a touching unseen picture of the Queen with her husband, who died peacefully at the castle on Friday last week at 99 



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