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Gavin Grey: Prince Andrew and other royals pay tribute to Prince Philip
The death of Prince Philip has left a "huge void" in Queen Elizabeth II's life, their son Prince Andrew said Sunday, as Princess Anne paid tribute to her father as "my teacher, my supporter and my critic."
As hundreds well-wishers continued to leave floral tributes outside the gates of royal residences in memory of the monarch's husband, Anne — Philip and the queen's only daughter — said her father "leaves a legacy which can inspire us all."
"You know it's going to happen but you are never really ready," Anne said of Philip's death on Friday, at the age of 99.
In a message released by Buckingham Palace, Anne praised Philip's "ability to treat every person as an individual in their own right with their own skills," a nod to the many charities and other organisations he was involved with.
"I would like to emphasise how much the family appreciate the messages and memories of so many people whose lives he also touched," she said. "We will miss him, but he leaves a legacy which can inspire us all."
"We've lost almost the grandfather of the nation"Prince Andrew describes the Duke of Edinburgh as a "remarkable man" and says his death has left "huge void" for the Queenhttps://t.co/SyGxs5x8Sm pic.twitter.com/8j0MOfHCJj— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) April 11, 2021
Andrew, the third of Philip and the queen's four children, attended church at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor Castle along with other members of the royal family.
Andrew said his mother "described it as having left a huge void in her life."
"We've lost, almost, the grandfather of the nation," he said. "And I feel very sorry and supportive of my mother, who's feeling it probably more than everybody else."
His younger brother, Prince Edward, called Philip's death a "dreadful shock" but said the 94-year-old queen was "bearing up."
Edward's wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex said the monarch was "thinking of others before herself."
Chatting after the service, Sophie Wessex spoke movingly of Prince Philip’s final moments.“It was right for him. It was so gentle. It was just like somebody took him by the hand and off he went. Very, very peaceful. And that’s all you want for somebody isn’t it?” pic.twitter.com/hPTFAadSwN— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) April 11, 2021
She said Philip's death at Windsor Castle, which came three weeks after he was discharged from a month-long hospital stay, was "peaceful."
"It was right for him and it was so gentle. It was just like someone took him by the hand and off he went," Sophie told well-wishers. "It was very, very peaceful and that's all you want for somebody, isn't it?"
Prince Charles, the queen and Philip's eldest son. paid his own tribute to his "dear Papa" on Saturday, and said he "would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him."
Both palace and government officials urged people not to come in person to pay their respects because of coronavirus restrictions on social mixing. But hundreds of people on Sunday brought notes, cards and flowers to the gates of Windsor Castle, located 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of London, while others laid tributes outside Buckingham Palace in the British capital.
Neil Loughton, founder of the Penny Farthing Club, rode his antique bicycle to the palace gates to pay tribute.
"I think that there are some things that are just important and need to be done . Ninety-nine years of life and more than 70 years of service deserves some recognition," he said.
Philip's funeral is set to take place April 17 at Windsor Castle. Only 30 people will be able to attend under the current coronavirus restrictions in England, but the slimmed-down service is scheduled to be broadcast live on television.
Prince Andrew, who has largely stayed out of the public eye since 2019, spoke to the press...
Riley Elliott: Marine scientist to host Blue Planet II Live in Concert
New Zealand's very own shark man, marine scientist Dr. Riley Elliott, will host 'Blue Planet II Live in Concert ' on tonight and tomorrow in Auckland.
It's a huge production, a live 70 to 80 piece symphony orchestra and choir, and Riley will be narrating David Attenborough's words live alongside the incredible videos of our oceans and sea creatures.
Dr. Riley Elliott joins Kate Hawkesby to preview the event.
Vincent McAviney: Northern Ireland leaders seek calm after violence escalates
Authorities in Northern Ireland sought to restore calm Thursday after Protestant and Catholic youths in Belfast hurled bricks, fireworks and gasoline bombs at police and each other. It was the worst mayhem in a week of street violence in the region, where Britain’s exit from the European Union has unsettled an uneasy political balance.
Crowds including children as young as 12 or 13 clashed across a concrete “peace wall” in west Belfast that separates a British loyalist Protestant neighborhood from an Irish nationalist Catholic area. Police fired rubber bullets at the crowd, and nearby a city bus was hijacked and set on fire.
Northern Ireland has seen sporadic outbreaks of street violence since the 1998 Good Friday peace accord ended “the Troubles” — decades of Catholic-Protestant bloodshed over the status of the region in which more than 3,000 people died.
But Police Service of Northern Ireland Assistant Chief Constable Jonathan Roberts said Wednesday’s mayhem “was at a scale we have not seen in recent years.” He said 55 police officers had been injured over several nights of disorder and it was lucky no one had been seriously hurt or killed.
There was a further outbreak of violence Thursday night in the nationalist Springfield Road area of Belfast, where youths threw stones at police, who responded with a water cannon blast.
Britain’s split from the EU has highlighted the contested status of Northern Ireland, where some people identify as British and want to stay part of the U.K., while others see themselves as Irish and seek unity with the neighboring Republic of Ireland, an EU member.
Unrest has erupted over the past week — largely in loyalist, Protestant areas — amid rising tensions over post-Brexit trade rules and worsening relations between the parties in the Protestant-Catholic power-sharing Belfast government.
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the unrest, saying “the way to resolve differences is through dialogue, not violence or criminality.” He sent Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis to Belfast for talks with the region's political leaders.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the Biden administration was concerned by the violence, “and we join the British, Irish and Northern Irish leaders in their calls for calm.”
Meanwhile, Northern Ireland’s Belfast-based assembly and government held emergency meetings Thursday and called for an end to the violence.
First Minister Arlene Foster, of the pro-British Democratic Unionist Party, warned that “when politics are perceived to fail, those who fill the vacuum cause despair.” Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill, of Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein, called the violence “utterly deplorable.”
Despite the united message, Northern Ireland's politicians are deeply divided, and events on the street are in many cases beyond their control.
As many predicted it would, the situation has been destabilized by Britain’s departure from the EU — after almost 50 years of membership — that became final on Dec. 31.
A post-Brexit U.K.-EU trade deal has imposed customs and border checks on some goods moving between Northern Ireland and the rest of the U.K. The arrangement was designed to avoid checks between Northern Ireland and Ireland because an open Irish border has helped underpin the peace process built.
But unionists says the new checks amount to the creation of a border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the U.K. — something they fear undermines the region’s place in the United Kingdom.
The latest disturbances followed unrest over the long Easter weekend in pro-British unionist areas in and around Belfast and Londonderry, also known as Derry, that saw cars set on fire and debris and gasoline bombs hurled at police officers.
Some politicians and police have accused outlawed paramilitary groups — which r
Tim Dare: Fears vaccine passports will create unfair advantages for the healthy and wealthy
Fears a vaccine passport would create unfair advantages for the healthy and wealthy.
Emirates is hosting a 'vaccinated only' flight this weekend, where all staff and passengers must be fully inoculated.
The three hour joy ride starts and ends in Dubai, with economy seats starting from 400 dollars.
Auckland university medical ethicist Tim Dare told Kate Hawkesby coordinating this between countries is premature, while there are still so many variables.
He says the worry is for people who can't get the vaccine for health reasons, or because they aren't available.
"Placing conditions on passengers is a decision for states to make.
"Airlines can't do it on their own, and vaccine passports won't count for anything unless other countries agree to them."
Nick Wilson: Health expert back Government's decision to suspend flights from India
A public health expert is backing the suspension of flights from India, saying it's an absolutely necessary step.
The Government is temporarily banning arrivals, after a surge in people coming from the country who've tested positive for Covid-19.
The ban comes into force on Sunday, and runs until April 28th.
Otago University's Nick Wilson told Kate Hawkesby the move will reduce the risk for others on flights, in MIQ facilities, and New Zealand as a whole.
He says with the trans-Tasman bubble being so important, this step will make it more sustainable and feasible.
Wilson says we have to reduce the number of outbreaks, and this is one of the ways to do it.
Kate Hawkesby: Changes on Early Edition
We're experiencing some change here on this programme.
Our little all-women show is welcoming a MAN into our ranks. I know, radical. He’s not even part of a diversity quota, he just turned out to be the best applicant for the job. And the job is producer of this show.. to replace the lovely Laura who is leaving me. Which I should've had written into her contract – that she’s not allowed to leave me, but she is. She joined me 3 years ago, a quiet fresh faced 20 year old who mentioned she was a bit of an insomniac and didn’t sleep that well. So we’ve really ruined her now. Nothing like 3 years of 2.30am alarms to really hammer home that lack of sleep.
Anyway she's not leaving us as in abandoning the station, she’s actually staying with ZB, and not just ZB but also staying with this show – just at a different time slot, and adding another show to her ranks.. that's how good she is. She’s moving to more civilised hours., and we are going to miss her. Particularly me. This is an intimate little show and it’s been just her and I putting it out each morning. We're a little duo of early birds, and we love what we do. And I love Laura - she’s been amazing. The growth in her has been incredible, I reckon she’s on her way to CEO in no time. She’s a fantastic producer, quick, smart, agile. She’s also, off air, a fabulous baker, a bottomless brunch enthusiast, a cricket fan, and a new homeowner. She's smashing goals and ticking boxes, the sort of young person who restores your faith in young people.
So she's off to greener pastures of daytime hours, and her shoes are being filled by Alex who has moved to Auckland for this job.. and is going to be amazing at it. Aren’t you Alex? Or at least you better be. (No pressure). So a bit of a change for us here at Early Edition. We know the hours are a punish, it takes a special kind of person to get up at 2.30 every morning, and to work Sunday nights, and to put the first news show of the day to air.
I just wanted to make mention of this because the show is never just the host, it’s the team behind the host who bring the thing to life. So without them I am nothing. So that’s our little show update. Our guests who're usually spoken to off air by Laura will now be talking to Alex in the mornings. And I'm still here, 'cause I'm a sucker for punishment.
As always we thank you for tuning into us. But I thought it's good for you to know this show is also a breeding ground for new and exciting talent. So as Laura bids farewell to the early alarms, we welcome Alex.
It's all on you now Alex.. no pressure.