Power cut hits Windsor as royals gather for Prince Philip’s funeral

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A power cut has occurred in Windsor just hours ahead of Prince Philip’s funeral.

Residents tweeted about the outage this morning, and a Waterstones was forced to delay opening after an outage on one of the town’s streets.

One said: “Power cut in Windsor town centre this morning. Stewards outnumbering visitors. Eerily quiet.”

Another added: "So on the day of the funeral, power cut in Windsor….[diverting all power to those who need it I’m sure]."

The Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks confirmed the outage had first taken place just after 9am.

The Duke of Edinburgh's funeral is set to begin at 3pm after a national minute’s silence, and is expected to last around 50 minutes.

At 2.41pm, the coffin will be carried out of Windsor Castle’s state entrance.

Three minutes later, the Queen will have a “moment of reflection” to look at her husband’s coffin from her car before it is taken into the chapel.

After the service, Philip will be interred in St George’s Chapel’s Royal Vault.

Prince Harry and Prince William will be reunited for the service – but will not walk side by side.

The brothers will instead be separated by their cousin Peter Philips, son of the Duke of Edinburgh’s daughter, Princess Anne.

Police officers and the town’s mayor have urged members of the public to keep their distance, and set up a ring of steel around the venue.

Thames Valley Police have implemented number plate checks, erected barriers, and deployed armed and mounted officers on patrol.

Sniffer dogs have also gone through phone boxes and drains as part of police searches.

Met Police officers will join their colleagues in the Thames Valley Police force to bolster the operation.

Prior to the ceremony, the Queen shared her favourite picture of herself with the lifelong companion.

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The royal couple were pictured as they are rarely seen – relaxing together away from public duties and enjoying the stunning scenery of the Scottish Highlands.

Looking completely at ease and smiling warmly at the photographer, Philip and the Queen relaxed on the grass at the Coyles of Muick, a beauty spot near the town of Ballater in Aberdeenshire.

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