The leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, has said Prince Philip’s character, so ”full of life and vigour” will be much missed as he paid tribute to The Queen’s husband following his death at the age of 99.
Speaking soon after the Duke of Edinburgh’s death was announced, Cardinal Nichols said ”At this moment of sadness and loss I pray for the repose of the soul of Prince Philip, Her Majesty the Queen’s faithful and loyal husband. I pray for the Queen and all of the Royal Family. How much we will miss Prince Philip’s presence and character, so full of life and vigour. He has been an example of steadfast loyalty and duty cheerfully given. May he rest in peace.”
The Duke of Edinburgh visited the Vatican on several occasions, most recently in 2014 when he accompanied The Queen for her first official meeting there with Pope Francis. Prince Philip also welcomed Pope John Paul II to London on his historic visit to the UK in 1982, the first such trip by a reigning pope in history.
Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh died on April 9th 2021 at Windsor Castle.