Sporting world including Premier League clubs and Ascot pay tribute to Prince Philip after he dies aged 99

THE sporting world including Premier League clubs and Ascot have paid tributes to the late Prince Phillip.

The Duke of Edinburgh passed away this morning aged 99, at Windsor Castle.

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Ascot, where he was a regular, led the tributes, writing: "We extend our deepest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family at this time.

"We have very happy memories of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh at Ascot where he accompanied Her Majesty The Queen on so many occasions and shared in her successes.

"One of the most memorable moments was in 2012 when His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh presented Her Majesty The Queen with the Queen's Vase after Estimate's victory."

Prince Phillip was a keen polo player, and a well known figure in the equestrian world – having been president of the International Federation for Equestrian sports for 22 years between 1964 and 1986.

A host of Premier League football clubs have also paid their respects, including the nearest team to Buckingham Palace, Chelsea.

They wrote on social media: "Everyone at Chelsea FC is saddened to learn of the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts are with Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family."

The FA, who are presided over by Phillip's Grandson Prince William, wrote: "We have sent our deepest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and our president, HRH The Duke of Cambridge, following the passing of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

"As a mark of our respect, all flags at @WembleyStadium and St. George’s Park will fly at half-mast."



A minute's silence was held at the races at Aintree.

While Manchester United wrote: "Everyone at Manchester United is saddened by the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

"We extend our sympathies to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family at this difficult time."

Former England captain Gary Lineker added: "Sorry to hear that Prince Philip has passed away. Served this country over many, many decades. Sincerest condolences to Her Majesty, The Queen and The Royal Family. RIP Prince Philip."

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho said in his pre-match press conference: "Sorry I just read some sad news about Prince Philip. I want to express my condolences to the Royal family.

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"To be very honest, I have a deep deep deep respect for the Royal family. All my condolences. It's not just this country sharing this feeling."

Formula 1 wrote: "The whole of Formula 1 wishes to pay tribute to Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, who dedicated his whole life to Great Britain and served his country with pride and devotion."

Ian Watmore, chair of The England and Wales Cricket Board paid his respects: "I’m sure I speak for the entire cricket family when I say how sad I am to hear of the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh.

"His passion for the game we all love was well known and the trophies presented to the men’s and women’s county champions are a tribute to his dedication to our sport. We owe him a great debt for his support and passion over many decades."

While the Lawn Tennis Association added: "Everyone at the LTA sends our condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family."

England captain Harry Kane wrote: "My condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family."

Kane and fellow Premier League players will wear black armbands this weekend to mark Prince Phillips' passing.

A statement read: "As a mark of respect, players will wear black armbands and there will be a minute’s silence before kick-off at all Premier League matches played tonight and across the weekend."

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