41-gun salute for Prince Philip held in Wellington

A 41-gun salute has been held in Wellington in honour of Prince Philip.

The ceremony, which started at noon, took 40 minutes and was fired from the saluting battery at Point Jerningham.

The Duke of Edinburgh died overnight Friday (NZT) at the age of 99.

Within the New Zealand Defence Force, the Duke held the ranks of Admiral of the Fleet of the Royal New Zealand Navy, Field Marshal of the New Zealand Army, and Marshal of the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

The NZDF said while the traditional number of gun salutes is 21, on certain occasions an extra 20 rounds are added when fired from a royal park or setting.