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Mourners shed tears for Prince Philip as they place MORE flowers

Flowers and tributes to Prince Philip have continued to be placed outside the gates of both Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, two days after his death.

Britain continues to observe eight days of mourning for Prince Philip whose death was announced on April 9.

The Duke of Edinburgh spent his final days at Windsor Castle with the Queen after a 28-night stay in hospital having been admitted in mid-February for an infection and a pre-existing heart condition.

Her Majesty announced her husband's death at midday as the Union Flag was lowered to half-mast outside Buckingham Palace, in Downing Street and on public buildings across the UK and Commonwealth. 

Flowers and tributes to Prince Philip have continued to be placed outside the gates of both Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, two days after his death

A woman outside of Windsor Castle this morning is seen shedding a tear as she pays her respects to Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II

A note has been left tied to this cap outside Windsor Castle and alongside floral tributes. The note says that the Duke of Edinburgh was 'an example to us all'

'Rest in peace sir': Mourners also visited the gates of Buckingham Palace this morning in order to leave flowers and personal notes

A man bows his head in respect outside of Windsor Castle this morning as he pays tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, who died on April 9

On top of flowers, stuffed toys were also placed outside of royal residences this morning. This one was placed down alongside a personal note

A mourner holds her hands together in prayer as she stands outside the gates of Windsor Castle this morning paying her respects to Prince Philip

Adding to the huge number of flowers lining the gates of Windsor Castle this morning, a young boy is seen gently tossing his own bunch onto the pile

Following news of the Duke's death, crowds of mourners formed outside Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle to express their grief.

Britons were warned to stay at home and avoid joining the mass crowds of mourners to prevent spreading coronavirus.

Palace security had even put up signs urging people not to congregate, but waves of mourners continue to arriving to pay their respects to Her Majesty's devoted husband, who dedicated his life to public service and supporting her. 

More people have arrived in the capital this morning to place down fresh flowers in tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh. 

A woman holding a dog in her arms is seen walking past a row of flowers outside of Windsor Castle this morning

Veterans of the Household Division stand outside Windsor Castle with a wreath of flowers following the death of Prince Philip

Standing together in a line, members of the Household Division Veterans Riders Club deliver a wreath of flowers outside Windsor Castle to pay their respects to the Duke of Edinburgh

Forming two uniform rows, the Household Division veterans pose outside Windsor Castle after having arrived to deliver flowers

The wreath of flowers brought to Windsor Castle is placed on the floor by one of the Household Division veterans earlier today

A young girl joins the mourners outside Windsor Castle this morning as she places a bunch of flowers down on the ground

The Long Walk at Windsor Castle this morning is flooded with people. Britons had been warned not to visit the royal residences to prevent spreading coronavirus

Two bunches of red flowers are placed at the gates of Windsor Castle this morning as people continue to ignore Government advice to pay their respects to Prince Philip at the gates of both the castle and Buckingham Palace

Pictured: Huge numbers of people are seen strolling along The Long Walk outside Windsor Castle this morning as Britain enters day three of its eight days of mourning for Prince Philip

A well-wisher reads a note outside of Windsor Castle this morning as she holds a bunch of flowers in her hands

Pictures taken outside the royal residences this morning show people of all ages placing down bunches of flowers as well as written messages and even stuffed animals.

One woman was even seen shedding a tear as she stood outside Windsor Castle.

The scenes this morning mirror those witnessed over the past two days as well-wishers, all respecting social distancing and wearing masks, laid their tributes and briefly stood to pay their respects, with some wiping away tears or quietly singing hymns before returning home. 

In an attempt to persuade people not to gather in large crowds, an online book of condolence in memory of Prince Philip has been set up for those who wish to send personal messages that will be passed on to the Royal Family.

Two women are seen laying out an array of flowers which have been left by members of the public, outside of St George's Chapel yesterday

The two women both carry large crates of flowers, with all the floral tributes having been left by well-wishers and members of the public as marks of respect for Prince Philip who died on Friday

Members of the public stand outside the gates of Windsor Castle observing the notes and flowers left by well-wishers in tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh

A young boy is helped as he places down a bunch of flowers in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh this morning

A young boy is seen close to tears as he reads notes and looks at the flowers left by other mourners in tribute to Prince Philip

Well-wishers add their flowers to the existing tributes outside of Buckingham Palace this morning. Barricades have been set up outside the palace

Two young well-wishers arrive outside of Buckingham Palace this morning to leave a bunch of flowers and to pay their respects to the Duke of Edinburgh who died earlier this week

'Thank you HRH Prince Philip': A note has been left among the floral tributes outside of Windsor Castle this morning

The royal family's Twitter account said that the book of condolence is available on the royal website and that a selection of messages will be passed onto individual royals and may be held in the Royal Archives for posterity.

But the account also said that physical books will not be available for the public to sign due to Covid-19 restrictions, and instead urged people to donate to charity instead of leaving floral tributes.  

It added: 'An Online Book of Condolence is now available on the Royal website for those who wish to send a personal message of condolence. During the current public health situation, Books of Condolence will not be available for the public to sign. The Royal Family ask that members of the public consider making a donation to a charity instead of leaving floral tributes in memory of The Duke.'

The online book of condolence is available at www.royal.uk/condolence.  

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