Prince Philip given final salute by London’s Piccadilly Lights


Prince Philip was given a royal send-off by the world famous Piccadilly Lights in London as it joined other landmarks and digital outdoor screens marking his funeral at the weekend.

The iconic screen in Piccadilly Circus carried a sequence of historic black and white and colour photographs of the Duke of Edinburgh with Her Majesty the Queen and his family taken over the years.

Prince Philip – a Royal life

Nine photographs spanned the life of Prince Philip, from his days at Gordonstoun, his engagement to the Queen in 1947 and on her coronation in 1953, on the polo field, at Balmoral and the Trooping of the Colour. 

The tribute closed with a picture with the Queen taken to celebrate their Diamond Wedding anniversary.

Shortly after 3pm the screen switched to a photograph from the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral service as it happened at Windsor Castle.

The space for the five hour salute was given by Landsec, owner of the Piccadilly Lights.

It was created in-house by Ocean Outdoor’s comms and design team and appeared with the agreement of Buckingham Palace.

During the afternoon, the Piccadilly Lights became a focal point for news crews with reporters from TV networks including Franceinfo using the celebrated landmark as a backdrop for their special live programmes.

Advertising was also paused across the rest of Ocean’s digital outdoor screens between 1pm and 5pm on Saturday, 17 April as a mark of respect.

The funeral was paired back due to safety precautions surrounding the global Coronavirus pandemic. This meant it was a far smaller affair than it would have been in normal times.

Only 30 guests were allowed to attend the event on Saturday, although hundreds of well-wishers lined the streets to pay homage to the long serving husband to The Queen.

RIP Prince Philip.