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The Duke of Edinburgh

The Archbishop of York praises Prince Philip’s devotion to duty

Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh
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The Archbishop of York, the second most important cleric in the Church of England, has paid tribute to The Duke of Edinburgh’s unwavering support for a wide range of causes and issues.

Speaking soon after it was announced that the Duke of Edinburgh had died at the age of 99, Stephen Cottrell said ”Prince Philip was a remarkable man who lived a life of service dedicated to his country, to his wife, Queen Elizabeth II and his family.”

The Archbishop highlighted the important part Prince Philip’s support had played across the world, adding ”The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is an enormous part of Prince Philip’s legacy. The award has allowed countless young people to develop and discover skills, which have instilled confidence in them and given them an encounter of working together for the common good.”

Stephen Cottrell also spoke of Prince Philip’s faith which he said ”was an important part of his life and one which shaped who he was.”

The Archbishop’s full statement reads:

”I join with many of you across the country as we mourn the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. Prince Philip was a remarkable man who lived a life of service dedicated to his country, to his wife, Queen Elizabeth II and his family.

At eighteen, Prince Philip joined the Royal Navy and served with distinction throughout the Second World War. At the same time, the beginnings of a cherished friendship with Princess Elizabeth began to blossom.

That friendship resulted in a marriage that lasted for over 70 years and has been a source of mutual joy, support and comfort in private moments but equally as they have both navigated a very public life together.

Having become the longest-serving British consort, Prince Philip has been unstinting in his support, leading Her Majesty to famously comment. ‘he has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years.’1

His faith in Jesus Christ was an important part of his life and one which shaped who he was.

For so many in this country and around the world, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is an enormous part of Prince Philip’s legacy. The award has allowed countless young people to develop and discover skills, which have instilled confidence in them and given them an encounter of working together for the common good.

Prince Philip was patron to hundreds of charitable organisations, covering a wide range of disciplines all of which benefited from his wit and wisdom and his inquisitive mind.

Do join me in praying for members of the Royal Family as they mourn and may God bring them comfort. As we give thanks to God for a life lived to the full, may Prince Philip rest in peace and rise in glory.”

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

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