How the sports world reacted to death of Prince Philip

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II’s husband for more than seven decades, died at 99, the royal family announced Friday.

Throughout his life, Philip had his associations with sports — he and the queen apparently met on a tennis court.

He was a two-term president at the Lord’s Marylebone Cricket Club — commonly referred to as “Lord’s” and regarded as the worldwide “Home of Cricket” — and presented the Lord’s Taverners ECB Trophy until his retirement from public life in 2017.

Philip also played a role in the opening ceremonies of the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia.

The Duke of Edinburgh was a mainstay in the sport of polo until 1971 when he had to step away due to arthritis.

He participated in the first Coronation Cup along with teams from the U.S., Argentina and Chile. He helped his Windsor Park team to a Gold Cup title in 1957 and 1966, according to Le Grand Magazine.

According to the BBC, not only was Philip was a top polo player but he also would help deliver the World Cup trophy to the England soccer team when they beat West Germany in 1966.

He was also with officials with Arsenal, of the Premier League, when the club opened Emirates Stadium in 2006.

Premier League players to wear black armbands in tribute to Prince Philip

The Premier League have announced players will wear black armbands and there will be a two-minute silence before top-flight and EFL matches this weekend in tribute to Prince Philip.

The EPL will hold a moment of silence before all matches Friday and this weekend.

The FA has ordered all flags at Wembley Stadium and St. George’s Park at half-mast.

Other organizations and individuals throughout the sports world have begun offering their respects to Philip via Social Media:

At the time of his death, Philip’s full title was His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich, Knight of the Garter, Knight of the Thistle, Order of Merit, Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire, Companion of the Order of Australia, Companion of the Queen’s Service Order, Privy Counselor.

He was the second person ever to bear the title “Duke of Edinburgh,” the first being his great-great-uncle, Prince Alfred Ernest Albert. His son, Prince Edward, will now assume the title.

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