Sport F1 reschedules sessions to avoid clashing with Prince Philip funeral
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Formula One bosses have moved qualifying for the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix forward by an hour to avoid overlapping with the start of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.
The session will now take place between 1 and 2pm on Saturday as a ‘mark of respect’ for the Prince, who died on Friday aged 99.
It is unusual for F1 to bend its timetable for external events but such is the Duke’s global standing that an exception has been made.
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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, has died aged 99
Buckingham Palace has confirmed that Prince Philip - Queen Elizabeth's husband - has died at the age of 99.The senior British royal - who had been married to Queen Elizabeth II for 73 years - passed away "peacefully" at Windsor Castle on Friday morning (09.04.21) just a few weeks after being hospitalised with an infection and heart condition.
Practice One: 10am
Practice Two: 1.30pm
Practice Three: 10am
Seven of the 10 teams are based in the UK and F1 wished to avoid the possible embarrassment of Sir Lewis Hamilton, a knight of the realm, and his fellow drivers fighting for pole as the funeral begins in Windsor.
The Duke, who served as president-in-chief of the British Racing Drivers’ Club for 42 years, will be honoured with a minute’s silence prior to qualifying.
Friday times have also been changed in accordance with rules requiring final practice to start no less than 19 hours after the end of second practice.
The funeral at Windsor Castle starts with a national minute's silence at 3pm BST.
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan pay tribute to Prince Philip: 'You will be greatly missed'
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, have paid tribute to Prince Philip following his death, as they say the 99-year-old royal will be "greatly missed".The 99-year-old royal – who is the husband of Queen Elizabeth II – passed away peacefully on Friday (09.04.21), and following the tragic news, his grandson Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have issued a statement saying he will be “greatly missed”.
Mercedes' seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton, who leads the championship, was awarded a knighthood in December's UK honours list.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth attended the first world championship Formula One grand prix at Silverstone in 1950.
Formula One joins football, rugby and horse racing events in Britain to be rescheduled so as to avoid clashing with the funeral.
In the Premier League, Sheffield United's trip to Molineux to take on Wolves has been moved to an evening kick off on Saturday, having initially been scheduled to take place at 3pm local time.
'As a mark of respect for His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the Premier League has rescheduled the match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield United due to be played on Saturday 17 April at 3pm,' a statement read.
Prince Harry in touch with senior royals about funeral
Prince Harry has spoken to his father Prince Charles about returning to Britain to attend his grandfather's funeral.The 36-year-old prince - who lives in California with his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex - has been in touch with his father, Prince Charles, along with his cousins Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, as he makes plans to come home.
The English Football League also confirmed that it would move all of its 3pm kick offs on Saturday, while Premiership Rugby said it was also planning to move at least three of its four fixtures that day.
Sportsmail understands that a minute's silence will be held before EFL matches on the next two weekends — and players will wear black armbands.
The Coral Scottish National meeting in Ayr and the Dubai Duty Free Classic Trials in Newbury will be run next Sunday rather than in their initial slot on Saturday, while The British Horseracing Authority said there will be no racing on Saturday between 2.45pm and 4.15pm.
It is also expected that Manchester City's FA Cup clash against Chelsea will not be made to kick-off at an alternative time from its original 5.30pm start time.
County Championship matches will pause for one hour and 20 minutes from 2.50pm until 4.10pm on Saturday as a mark of respect.
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Prince Philip passed away on April 9, 2021, and in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II's husband, we take a look back at his life. The Royal Family have long been influences on the global fashion scene—yes, including before the rise of social media—and while we usually turn our attention to the likes of Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, there has been one member largely overlooked: the late Prince Philip. The Duke of Edinburgh passed away on April 9, 2021, with Buckingham Palace confirming the news via a statement from Queen Elizabeth, who had been married to the royal for 74 years.
Meanwhile, the World Snooker Tour is liaising with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport with regard to the World Championship, which is scheduled to start on Saturday in Sheffield.
WHICH SPORTING FIXTURES HAVE BEEN MOVED SO FAR?
Wolves v Sheffield United in the Premier League was originally a 3pm start, but now has been rescheduled for 8:15pm
The 32 fixtures set for 3pm in the Championship, League One and League Two will take place at either 12:30pm or 5:30pm
The National League has also confirmed its 3pm kick-offs will instead start at 12:30pm
County Championship set to pause between 2:50pm and 4:10pm, with the 3pm national silence observed across all grounds
The England and Wales Cricket Board has asked all recreational cricket clubs to follow suit
The British Horseracing Authority have agreed to no meetings will take place during the funeral, moving the Spring Trials at Newbury to Sunday
The Scottish Grand National at Ayr has been moved to the same day
Sale's v Gloucester and Exeter v Wasps will kick off at 12:30pm, while Newcastle v Bristol will kick off at 5pm, as will Harlequins v Worcester
Practice will take place between 10am and 11am on Saturday morning, while qualifying will begin at 1pm and finish at 2pm.
Prince Philip wore wedding shoes throughout his life .
Prince Philip re-wore his beloved wedding shoes through his life, his close friend has revealed.CBI president Lord Karan Bilimoria, a close friend of the late royal - who will be laid to rest at Windsor Castle today (17.04.21) - has paid a touching tribute to The Duke of Edinburgh, who passed away on April 9 at the age of 99.