Ascot has spearheaded the sports world tribute to Prince Philip after the Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen’s husband, passed away on Friday at the age of 99.
The Duke has struggled with poor health this year and was hospitalized for 28 days while battling an infection and pre-existing heart disease.
Ascot, where Prince Philip attended many races alongside the Queen over the years, expressed condolences and said it had “very happy memories” of the Duke as a spectator.
‘We extend our deepest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family at this time. We have very fond memories of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh at Ascot, where he so often accompanied Her Majesty the Queen 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 vase following the victory of Estimate.
The Premier League said there would be a minute’s silence before kick-off for all Premier League games tonight and weekend, while Chelsea were one of the first football clubs to pay their respects to the Duke.
The club wrote: ‘Everyone at Chelsea FC is saddened by the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts are with Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family.
Prince Philip, right, the Queen’s husband, died Friday at the age of 99
The Duke of Edinburgh struggled with illness this year and spent 28 days in hospital
A tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh on display at Wembley Stadium
Newport County participates in a two minute silence in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh during the Sky Bet League Two game at Field Mill, Mansfield
London side Tottenham followed up with their own message to the royal family, saying they were “deeply saddened” by his death.
‘We are all deeply saddened to hear of the death of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
“Our thoughts and condolences go to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family.”
Manchester City added: “Manchester City extends its condolences to the Royal Family following the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at the age of 99”.
At his press conference ahead of Spurs’ clash against Manchester United, boss Jose Mourinho admitted he had great respect for the royals and sent his wishes to the family.
“I’m sorry I just read sad news about Prince Philip,” he said. “I would like to express my condolences to the royal family.
“To be completely honest, I have a lot of respect for the royal family. My condolences. It’s not just this country that shares this feeling. ‘
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho said he had “deep respect” for the royals and was sad to hear of Prince Philip’s death as Gary Lineker (R) greeted him for his service in the country
Released a picture of the Duke shaking hands with his players ahead of the 1965 FA Cup final against Liverpool, Leeds United wrote: ‘Everyone at #LUFC’s thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family following the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. ‘
Manchester United have expressed their condolences and attached a photo of Philip shaking hands with legendary manager Sir Matt Busby.
Everyone at Manchester United is saddened by the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. We extend our condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family at this difficult time.
Burnley and Rangers also interfered with tributes.
Match of the Day host Gary Lineker praised the Duke for “serving this country for many, many decades”.
Prince Philip takes part in the Rugby World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand in 2015 with his sons Prince Harry (L) and Prince William (R).
He presented the 1960 Wimbledon trophy to the men’s champion Neale Fraser on Center Court
“I’m sorry to hear that Prince Philip has died,” he said. ‘Served this country for many, many decades. My condolences to Her Majesty, the Queen and the Royal Family. RIP Prince Philip. ‘
The FA announced its intention to honor his life by hoisting flags at half mast in Wembley and St. George’s Park.
“We have expressed 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 said 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 the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts and condolences go to Her Majesty, the Queen, the Royal Family and all people around the world who mourn the loss of His Royal Highness.
“As a token of respect, the players will wear black armbands and there will be a one-minute break before the kick-off for all Premier League matches tonight and this weekend.”
English captain Harry Kane joined the FA to show his respect.
The Duke had a longstanding relationship with cricket and was a partner of more than 20 institutions
Prince Philip was a great sports enthusiast and was often seen at the cup final for trophy presentations as well as in the stands as a spectator.
He also had a longstanding relationship with cricket, was an avid gamer himself – and had partnerships with more than 20 cricket institutions worldwide – including the cricket charity Lord’s Taverners.
They praised him for his commitment to their organization as patron and president.
‘We are very sad to hear that our Patron, Twelfth Man and Past President, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, has passed away. He was very interested in our community service and presented the victorious county with the Lord’s Taverners County Championship Trophy for 43 years. He will be missed very much. ‘
Meanwhile, the England and Wales Cricket Board said it was “deeply saddened” by his death and highlighted his contributions to the sport through various cricket organizations, including trophy presentations and community service.
‘The England and Wales Cricket Boards are deeply saddened by the death of H.R.H. Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, ‘read one statement.
Aintree pays tribute to the Duke with his picture on the big screens during a minute’s silence
Jockeys, coaches, and owners bow their heads respectfully in the time of memory
‘The Duke was a lifelong cricket fan and a talented all-rounder in his playing days. He was MCC President twice from 1949-50 and 1974-75 and was made an honorary member for life.
The Duke became the patron and twelfth man of the Lord’s Taverns in 1950, the same year the charity was founded. From 1960 to 1960 he was president of the charity for two years.
‘He was instrumental in introducing the Lord’s Taverners ECB Trophy, which is presented to the County Champions annually. The trophy was introduced in 1973, with the Duke realizing that the champions had never received a physical trophy up to that point.
He continued the presentations of the Lord’s Taverners ECB Trophy and Lady Taverners ECB Trophy along with medals for men and women county champions at Buckingham Palace for 43 years until he stepped down from his royal duties in 2017.
Ian Watmore, Chairman of the ECB, said: “I am sure I speak for the entire cricket family when I say how sad I am to hear of the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.
‘His passion for the game we all love was well known and the trophies presented to the men’s and women’s district champions pay homage to his dedication to our sport. We owe him a great debt for his decades of support and passion. ‘
Aintree was silent for a minute on the second day of the Grand National in Liverpool, showing photos of him on their big screens around the course.
Jockeys, coaches, and owners bowed their heads to remember the Duke’s life as they followed the rules of social distancing by keeping their distance.
Formula 1 also joined the chorus of voices from the sport with its own message.
“The whole of Formula One wants to pay tribute to Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who dedicated his whole life to Great Britain and served his country with pride and dedication.”