Weekend sport goes ahead with Prince Philip tributes at every event

Most sports turn to the government for advice on appropriate protocols. The Premier League said it was “deeply saddened” and “our thoughts and condolences are with Her Majesty the Queen, the Royal Family and all those around the world who are mourning the loss of His Royal Highness”.

Players will wear black armbands and there will be a minute’s silence before kick-off at all Premier League games played on Friday and at the weekend, the league confirmed.

Meanwhile in Aintree, Senior Jockey Club Steward Sandy Dudgeon said: “On behalf of the Jockey Club, I would like to express our deepest condolences to our Patron, Her Majesty the Queen, and to all members of the Royal Family.”

Gower added: “From the point of view of the cricket world it’s nice to have such support from above, but I wouldn’t see him as a cricket fan so much as someone who had a far more important role as a leader at someone the leader who represents our country.”

He met Prince Philip “at various locations including Buckingham Palace, on the royal yacht in Barbados, and then discussed cricket with him”.

“He was a very, very keen cricket fan, very knowledgeable but other than that he had a lot of character as an individual,” Gower added. “I think I identified with his behavior. He was the most fantastic husband to Her Majesty who will miss him dearly.”

Tonight’s England women’s soccer match against France has also been given the green light to go ahead as planned. telegraph sports understands. Domestic rugby clubs are involved in European action this weekend but the RFU said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. All our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family.”

In cricket, Philip has been a patron of the charity Lord’s Taverners throughout its 70-year history. Gower, the charity’s president, later added in a statement: “As a charity we were honored by the support of such an enthusiastic and active benefactor who has contributed so much to our efforts in the past to improve the lives of disadvantaged and disabled children seven decades. We will miss His Royal Highness greatly as the longest serving member of our charity, but we will cherish very special memories of a very special patron and many wonderful occasions graced by His Royal Highness’ presence.” Weekend sport goes ahead with Prince Philip tributes at every event

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