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The Duke of Edinburgh

The Archbishop of Canterbury hails ”extraordinary” life of The Duke of Edinburgh

Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh
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The Archbishop of Canterbury has praised the ”enormous” legacy of the Duke of Edinburgh as he paid tribute following news of Prince Philip’s death at the age of 99.

Justin Welby described The Duke as a great example to many, highlighting his service in World War Two and his determination to ”consistently put the interests of others ahead of his own”.

The Archbishop said of Prince Philip that ”the legacy he leaves is enormous” and placed particular emphasis on the support he had given to young people across the world through the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

He also had word of comfort for The Queen and the Royal Family, saying “I pray that God will comfort Her Majesty and the rest of the Royal Family at this time. May His Royal Highness rest in peace and rise in glory.”

The Archbishop’s full statement reads:

“I join with the rest of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth in mourning the loss of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, and give thanks to God for his extraordinary life of dedicated service. Prince Philip continually demonstrated his unfailing support and unstinting loyalty to Her Majesty The Queen for 73 years.

“He consistently put the interests of others ahead of his own and, in so doing, provided an outstanding example of Christian service. During his naval career, in which he served with distinction in the Second World War, he won the respect of his peers as an outstanding officer.

“On the occasions when I met him, I was always struck by his obvious joy at life, his enquiring mind and his ability to communicate to people from every background and walk of life. He was a master at putting people at their ease and making them feel special.

“The legacy he leaves is enormous. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, which he founded in 1956, has inspired generations of young people to help others and instilled in them a vision for citizenship and a desire to serve their communities. His work with countless charities and organisations reflected his wide- ranging, global interests in topics including wildlife, sport, design, engineering and inter-faith dialogue.

“In his powerful advocacy for conservation his was a prophetic voice for over half a century, as he brought people from around the world to a new concern and commitment to action for the future of our planet.

“As we recover and rebuild after the terrible trial of the coronavirus pandemic, we will need fortitude and a deep sense of commitment to serving others. Throughout his life Prince Philip displayed those qualities in abundance, and I pray that we can take inspiration from his example.

“I also join many people in giving thanks for the marriage of Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip, and for their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Theirs was a marriage grounded in friendship and mutual respect and sustained by shared faith in Christ.

“I pray that God will comfort Her Majesty and the rest of the Royal Family at this time. May His Royal Highness rest in peace and rise in glory.”

Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh passed away on April 9th 2021 at Windsor Castle.

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