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Two men were spotted outside Buckingham Palace with bottles of Prosecco set to prepare to 'celebrate' the death of Prince Philip. Watch them attempt to explain themselves below:
Footage shared on social media shows the two men on bikes with bottles of sparkling wine in their hands as members of the public gathered outside the palace to pay their respects.
The pair were filmed by GB News political correspondent Tom Harwood. The journalist approaches the men and urges them not to open the bottles, to which one of the blokes says it is a 'celebration of death'.
After agreeing not to open the bottles, the two men then cycle off.
A second clip was filmed by YouTuber Mahyar Tousi, who shared the clip on Twitter writing: "A couple of attention seekers with bottles of champagne being disrespectful outside Buckingham Palace."
As you can imagine, social media users were outraged by the display, with one person posting: "Wow vile... not a royalist or a lover of Prince Phillip but this is just wrong so disrespectful... what a sad world this is turning into."
Another wrote: "Disgraceful."
A third wrote: "This is simply not appropriate and I cannot understand why people would do this on the day a father, grandfather, husband passes away."
The Duke of Edinburgh sadly passed away yesterday aged 99.
Announcing his death, the Royal Family said in a statement: "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
"His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.
"Further announcements will be made in due course.
"The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss."
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson joined many from around the world in offering his condolences to the family, as well as detailing Prince Philip's life in a statement delivered outside 10 Downing Street.
Johnson said: "It was with great sadness that a short time ago I received word from Buckingham Palace that HRH The Duke of Edinburgh has died at the age of 99."
It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. pic.twitter.com/XOIDQqlFPn
- The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 9, 2021
He continued: "He was an environmentalist and a champion of the natural world long before it was fashionable.
"With his Duke of Edinburgh award scheme he shaped and inspired the lives of countless young people and at literally tens of thousands of events he fostered their hopes and encouraged their ambitions.
"We remember the Duke for all of this and above all his steadfast support for Her Majesty The Queen.
"Not just as her consort, by her side every day of her reign, but as her husband, her strength and stay of more than 70 years.
"It is to Her Majesty and her family that our nation's thoughts must turn today, because they have lost not just a much-loved and highly-respected public figure, but a devoted husband and a proud and loving father, grandfather and - in recent year - a great-grandfather."
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