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Friday, 14 June 2024 – 11:11

Political campaigning suspended as country pays tributes to Prince Philip

Boris Johnson and Sir Keir Starmer have agreed to suspend campaigning in the local elections following the death of Prince Philip, it is understood.

Scotland’s major political parties have also suspended campaigning for the Scottish Parliamentary election – also due to take place on 6 May.

The Duke of Edinburgh passed away at the age of 99 on Friday morning. A statement from Buckingham Palace read, “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces 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.”

Many members of the public have gathered at royal residences, though due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Government has urged the public to continue to follow public health advice and not leave floral tributes to Philip.

Following the Duke’s death, the BBC has suspended its normal programming, while other broadcasters have also made changes to their schedules. Downing Street has cancelled planned press conferences and visits, though coronavirus restrictions will continue to ease in England as planned on Monday.

The House of Commons is expected to be recalled a day earlier than planned to allow for tributes to the late Prince. 

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