Sports stars continue to respect Prince Philip … with black bracelets, minute-long silences and flags at half mast in the Premier League, Challenge Cup rugby matches and County Championship cricket, along with Grand National tributes
Tributes continued to pour in for Prince Philip from around the sports world on Saturday, the day after his death was announced.
The Duke of Edinburgh – husband of the Queen – died at Windsor Castle on Friday at the age of 99 from ill health.
On Friday there were emotional tributes from the Grand National at Aintree, Wembley Stadium and County Championship cricket matches.
The Premier League match between Manchester City and Leeds was silent for two minutes
The players and staff observed the silence impeccably in an Etihad Stadium without fans
Liverpool followed the same procedure leading up to their game against Aston Villa on Saturday
Before the Grand National, images of the Duke of Edinburgh were projected around Aintree
Jockeys and trainers stop for a minute to celebrate Prince Philip’s life
The Leicester – Newcastle Challenge Cup match showed a photo of the duke during a silence
A Premier League U18 youth match between Manchester United and Stoke also kept silent
The championship between Watford and Reading on Vicarage Road showed this picture
And more sporting events paid tribute to the Duke, with a two-minute silence in the early afternoon of the Premier League game between Manchester City and Leeds, as with all matches played this weekend.
The players and staff completed an impeccably observed two minutes in an empty Etihad Stadium, with players wearing black armbands.
Manchester City and Leeds had tweeted condolences ahead of their game on Friday.
City said: ‘Manchester City offers its sincere condolences to the Royal Family following the sad news that His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has passed away at the age of 99.’
Leeds added: ‘Everyone’s thoughts at #LUFC are with Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family following the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.’
Silence was also observed in an U18 match between Manchester United and Stoke, with players gathering around the center circle to pay their respects.
The quarter final of the Challenge Cup between Leicester Tigers and Newcastle on Welford Road showed a photo of Prince Philip with a black background, as they too honored the life of the Prince.
It was confirmed on Friday that the Grand National at Aintree in Liverpool would continue despite Philip’s death, with the Union Jack at half-mast and jockeys and fans in a two-minute silence.
Jockeys faced the silence leading up to Saturday’s race, which was first won by a female rider as Rachael Blackmore rode to victory at Minella Times.
England’s Wembley Stadium in North London football team showed prominent tribute, while County Championship matches, including Yorkshire against Glamorgan with England’s captain Joe Root, kept silence and players wore black armbands.
Meanwhile, the England and Wales cricket board announced it was ‘deeply saddened’ by his passing and highlighted his contributions to the sport through various cricket organizations, including trophy presentations and charity work.
Aintree paid tribute to the Duke with his photo on screens and the Union Jack at half mast
Riders and riders joined the Grand National in Liverpool in a socially distant silence
The England soccer team’s Wembley Stadium also featured a prominent tribute (above)
County cricket matches held a two-minute silence as players (above) wore black armbands
The FA announced their intention to honor his life by flying flags at half-mast at Wembley and St George’s Park.
“We have conveyed our deepest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and our President, HRH The Duke of Cambridge, following the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh,” it read on Twitter.
As a token of our respect, all flags at @WembleyStadium and St. George’s Park will fly at half mast.
And the Premier League wrote: ‘We are deeply saddened by the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts and condolences are with Her Majesty the Queen, the Royal Family and everyone around the world mourning the loss of His Royal Highness.
“As a sign of respect, players will wear black bracelets and there will be a minute’s silence before kick-off for all Premier League games played tonight and over the weekend.”