Grand National jockeys and owners along with Premier League teams mourn Prince Philip's death with emotional silence

SPORTS stars across the United Kingdom have paid tribute to Prince Philip today following his tragic death on Friday.

Earlier this week, the Queen expressed her 'deep sorrow' after her 'beloved' husband the Duke of Edinburgh passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle at the age of 99.

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On Saturday morning, the Tower of London led the nation in holding a gun salute to Prince Philip.

And sporting stars across the country paid their respect with a two-minute silence at their events later in the day.

At Aintree, Grand National jockeys, owners and trainers stood in the parade ring to observe the respectfully moment of reflection ahead of day three's racing.

With fans not allowed at the Liverpool racecourse, an already quiet arena fell eerily silent to mark the Duke of Edinburgh's passing.

And it was a similar story in Saturday's Premier League action.

At the Etihad Stadium, Manchester City hosted Leeds for Saturday's first game, with kick-off 12.30pm.

Ten-man Leeds would go on to steal a surprise 2-1 win, with players and coaches from both sides observing the two minutes of silence ahead of kick-off in the North-West.

Shortly before 3pm, just up the road from Aintree at Anfield, Liverpool and Aston Villa also bowed their heads in silence for two minutes.

All four clubs also ensured their players took to the pitch in black armbands for Saturday's games.

Football League matches including Birmingham's Championship clash with Stoke also saw players pay their respects.

In the morning, County Cricket stars had also lined up to take part in the two minutes' silence for day three of their season openers.

Players also wore black armbands in tribute to Prince Philip.

Outside of sport, members of the public flocked to Buckingham Palace to lay flowers to the Duke of Edinburgh, with the Union Flag flown at half-mast as a sign of respect.

It comes as:

  • Queen shares poignant photo of Philip as she talks of ‘deep sorrow’
  • Philip will NOT have State Funeral as Brits told to stay away due to Covid
  • Harry wants ‘nothing more’ than to be with the Queen – but will he and Meghan fly back?
  • Boris Johnson pays tribute to ‘extraordinary’ Prince Philip
  • Prince Philip’s life in pictures
  • Queen to enter ‘8 days of mourning’ for Prince Philip
  • How Prince Philip’s early years saw him flee Corfu on a warship
  • This Morning taken off air as Queen announces Philip’s death

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