As tears flow around the world, sports have paid tribute to Prince Philip after the Duke of Edinburgh died on Friday.
Philip died “peacefully” at Windsor Castle on April 9, Buckingham Palace confirmed on Friday, which has prompted a flood of tributes from around the world.
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The Duke of Edinburgh had strong links to multiple sports in the United Kingdom, predominantly cricket after he served two terms as MCC President in 1949-50 and 1974-75, and also the patron of the Lord’s Taverners, a youth cricket and disability charity.
I’m sure I speak for the entire cricket family when I say how sad I am to hear of the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh,” England and Wales Cricket Board chair Ian Watmore told the ECB.
“His passion for the game we all love was well known and the trophies presented to the men’s and women’s county champions are a tribute to his dedication to our sport.
“We owe him a great debt for his support and passion over many decades.”
Ascot racecourse, which in his lifetime Prince Philip was a regular, led the tributes.
“We extend our deepest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family at this time,” a statement read.
“We have very happy memories of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh at Ascot where he accompanied Her Majesty The Queen on so many occasions and shared in her successes.
“One of the most memorable moments was in 2012 when His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh presented Her Majesty The Queen with the Queen’s Vase after Estimate’s victory.”
Prince Philip was a keen polo player and was the president of the International Federation for Equestrian Sports for 22 years.
In an eery moment, as a result of social-distancing, jockeys and trainers at the Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse paid their respects by standing separated for a minute of silence.
Premier league pays tribute to Prince Philip
Following his death, the Premier League announced a two-minute silence and black armbands in memory of Prince Philip.
A host of Premier League teams paid tribute to Philip, including Chelsea who are the closest team to Buckingham Palace.
Footballs legends Sir Kenny Dalglish and Gary Lineker also paid their respects.
Tottenham coach Jose Mourinho shared some special words for the Duke of Edinburgh.
“To be very honest, I have a deep deep deep respect for the Royal family. All my condolences. It’s not just this country sharing this feeling,” he said in a pre-match press conference.
Players lined up for a two-minute silence during the Northamptonshire and Kent at The County Ground to honour the Prince.
Wimbledon, London’s Grand Slam, offered their condolences to the Royal Family after the news.
“Everyone at the LTA sends our condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family,” the Lawn Tennis Association wrote.
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