Topless protester taken away by police outside Prince Philip’s funeral

Vincent Wood,Chiara Giordano and Tom Richell
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A protester runs outside Windsor Castle on the day of the funeral of Prince Philip (REUTERS/Phil Noble)
A protester runs outside Windsor Castle on the day of the funeral of Prince Philip (REUTERS/Phil Noble)

A topless woman was apprehended by police outside the funeral of Prince Philip after loudly protesting after the national minute of silence.

Officers were seen leading the woman away from Windsor Castle and St George’s Chapel, where the funeral of the former Duke of Edinburgh was taking place.

She ran onto the road shouting “save the planet” after the modest crowd began clapping following the silence.

She jumped onto a statue of Queen Victoria before police officers removed her from the scene on Castle Hill.

Scores of people lined the streets of Windsor to mark the passing of the duke, with those gathered joining both the queen and the country in a moment of quiet contemplation before the funeral service for the royal began.

Coronavirus restrictions meant that fewer people were able to visit the town to mark the occasion but residents praised the royal family for “setting an example” by limiting numbers during the ongoing pandemic.

Road signs in the area warned: “Avoid all non-essential travel and do not gather at royal residences,” though some visited briefly to lay tributes to the duke.

At midday scores of people gathered in the sunshine to watch as the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery processed along the Long Walk up to Cambridge Gate.

Dozens of riders, wearing black, gold and red uniforms and carrying three guns, rode up to the gate where tributes to the duke have been laid throughout the week.

The regiment fired minute guns from the east lawn of Windsor Castle as Philip’s coffin was taken from the castle to St George’s Chapel.

Additional reporting by PA

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