A two-minute’s silence was being held at cricket matches in England’s County championship and at the Grand National horse racing meeting on Friday to mark the death of Prince Philip at age 99
Philip held positions in sports bodies throughout his life, including as president of the English Football Association and a 22-year spell as president of the International Equestrian Federation that he used to develop new competitions.
“British sport has lost one of its strongest and, on occasion, boldest advocate,” World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said. “He had an unflinching view of the role of sport in all our neighbourhoods. That belief will be missed.”
Philip was a keen cricketer and he served two spells as president of the Lord’s-based Marylebone Cricket Club, which is regarded as the guardian of the laws of the game. He presented the Lord’s Taverners ECB Trophy to the English cricket champion for 43 years until he retired from royal duties in 2017.
“We owe him a great debt for his support and passion over many decades,” England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Ian Watmore said.
County cricket matches were underway when his death was announced by Buckingham Palace at noon and a two-minute silence was held before the afternoon sessions of play in venues without fans due to the pandemic.
The largely empty Aintree racecourse also fell silent before the second day of racing in the Grand National meeting. Philip was an honorary member of the Jockey Club and would attend flagship racing events, including Royal Ascot, to accompany his horse-owning wife. At Ascot in 2012, he presented the queen with the trophy after one of her greatest successes with Estimate winning the Queen’s Vase Stakes.
The news of Philip’s death broke as Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho was giving a news conference ahead this weekend’s round, where all Premier League matches will go silent for two minutes before kickoff.
“I would like to express my condolences to the Royal family and, to be very honest, say I have the utmost respect for the Royal family,” the Portuguese said. “I believe that it is not just this country that is going to be sharing these feelings because I’m not English, and I know that many like myself, we have the utmost respect.”
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