Most sports are in touch with Government for advice on appropriate protocols. The Premier League said it was “deeply saddened” and “our thoughts and condolences are with Her Majesty The Queen, The Royal Family and all those around the world mourning the loss of His Royal Highness”.
Players will wear black armbands and there will be a minute’s silence before kick-off at all Premier League matches played on Friday and across the weekend, the league confirmed.
At Aintree, meanwhile, Senior Jockey Club steward Sandy Dudgeon said: “On behalf of the Jockey Club, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to our patron, Her Majesty The Queen, and all members of the Royal Family.”
Gower added: “From the cricket world’s point of view, it’s nice when you have support from the top like that, but I would look at him not so much as a cricket fan, but as someone who had a far, far more important role as a leader someone at the top, representing our country.”
He met Prince Philip “in various places, including Buckingham Palace, on the Royal yacht in Barbados, and discussed cricket with him then”.
“He was a very, very keen cricket fan, very knowledgeable, but apart from anything else, as an individual, he had a lot of character,” Gower added. “I think I identified with the way he conducted himself. He was the most fantastic consort to for Her Majesty, who will miss him greatly.”
England women’s football fixture against France tonight has also been given the green light to continue as planned, Telegraph Sport understands. Domestic rugby clubs are involved in European action this weekend, but the RFU said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. All of our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family.”
In cricket, Philip has been patron of the Lord’s Taverners charity throughout its 70-year history. Gower, the charity’s president, later added in a statement: “As a charity we have been honoured by the support of such an enthusiastic and active patron who has contributed so much to our efforts to enhance the lives of disadvantaged and disabled children over the past seven decades. His Royal Highness will be greatly missed as the longest serving member of our charity, but we will hold very special memories of a very special Patron and many wonderful occasions which were graced by His Royal Highness’ presence.”