Topless woman arrested outside Prince Philip's funeral

Aletha Wilkinson
·Head of Lifestyle
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A topless protester has been detained after running in front of the crowd near Windsor Castle following the minute’s silence for the Duke of Edinburgh.

The woman sprinted on to the road shouting: “Save the planet!"

Topless woman outside Windsor Castle being arrested by police officers
A woman was arrested for stripping down and shouting 'save the planet' outside Prince Philip's funeral. Picture: Reuters

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

"At around 3.05pm Thames Valley Police made an arrest of a 55-year-old woman from West Sussex, on suspicion of using threatening/abusive words/behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress," the local police said in a statement.

"She is currently in police custody."

Images later showed the police retrieving the woman's clothes. 

Hundreds of people in the Berkshire town of Windsor took part in a national minute’s silence.

Crowds lined the streets to pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh.

Mourners lined the streets to take part in a minute's silence to mark Prince Philip's death. Picture: Getty
Mourners lined the streets to watch Philip's funeral procession drive past. Picture: Getty

People held Union flags, partners wore matching hats and others clutched bunches of flowers.

Some were also seen wearing custom face masks bearing Philip’s image.

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Sasha Spicer, 52, who wore a Union flag poncho, said Philip had been a “fantastic role model” and that she felt sorry for the Queen.

“I’ve come down to pay my respects, say rest in peace and thanks for service to the country and that we’ll miss you," she said. 

"He was a lovely fella.”

Windsor resident Ian Mawhinney, 56, added it had been a “sombre few weeks” in the town but that the Royal Family were “setting an example” by limiting numbers.

Little girl and elderly woman crying over Prince Philip's death
Members of the public, young and old, gathered to pay their respects. Picture: Getty
Prince Charles led the Royal Family behind his father's coffin. Picture: Getty
Prince Charles led the Royal Family behind his father's coffin. Picture: Getty

The royal family paid their final respects to Prince Philip on Saturday at a funeral that celebrated his naval past and seven decades of service.

The Queen, dressed in black with a white trimmed black mask, sat alone as the funeral service began in St George's Chapel.

In line with coronavirus rules there were just 30 mourners at the service in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, who all wore masks and were socially distanced.

After the nation observed a minute's silence, Princes Harry and William took up their places on opposite sides of the chapel.

Before the procession, military bands spaced out across the quadrangle of Windsor Castle to play the prince's chosen music, including I Vow To Thee My Country, Jerusalem and Nimrod.

With reporting by Jimmy Nsubuga

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