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A gun-salute and an online book of condolence: Australia reacts to the death of Prince Philip

The Duke of Edinburgh passed away on April 9.

By Jess Pullar
If you scroll through any form of social media right now, you'll no doubt see a flurry of tribute posts and quirky anecdotes about the vibrant, colourful life of Prince Philip.
Yesterday, the Palace announced the Duke of Edinburgh had died, aged 99. A ripe innings, though no less devastating to learn of his death.
The Duke touched the lives of many throughout his 99 years - be it in person, where some were lucky enough to meet the Prince, or indirectly via correspondence or even through the renowned Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Indeed, thousands of youngsters across Australia were involved in the initiative, which invites teenagers to partake in a number of social and life-skill building tasks.
Progressing through the levels, some had the pleasure of being congratulated by the Duke himself for their efforts - we know there will be a lot of people in Australia who had this experience.
Prince Philip is survived by his wife The Queen, who is 94. (Getty)
As the news spread last night, leaders of Commonwealth countries paid their respects, including Australian PM Scott Morrison, who said in a statement: "I extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to Her Majesty and the royal family to the passing of the Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh."
"The Duke's life was one of the duty and of service, of loyalty and honour. Memories of him will of course tell stories of his candour, and a unique and forceful and authentic personality. But above all, he was a man who was steadfast, who could be relied upon, always standing by his Queen."
Scott Morrison shared words of condolence after the death of Prince Philip.
In Australia today, flags are flying at half mast as a sign of respect for the formidable royal consort, and a 41-gun salute will also take place outside Parliament House.
In addition, Australians are invited to share their condolences and tributes for the Prince by signing an online book.
You can access that here - and you're invited to share your own personal message if you wish.
The Duke was a beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather. (Getty)
In the coming days, we're expecting to hear further details about Philip's funeral, which is to take place privately in Windsor with his direct relatives.
The Duke's body has been laid at Windsor Castle until the ceremony.
As per Philip's unique wishes, he will be buried at a private location - not Westminster Abbey or St George's Chapel as is tradition for Kings, Queens and Consorts.
There is a possibility he will be buried in the grounds of Windsor Castle or Frogmore Gardens.
While we've yet to get more information about how the royals will farewell their loved one, we'll be sure to keep you updated on any new developments.

For more on Prince Philip's passing and his life, head to the links below

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