The Archbishop of Canterbury has responded to the death of Prince Philip today, giving thanks to God for his ‘extraordinary life’.
The Duke of Edinburgh, who left hospital last month, passed away peacefully this morning, Buckingham Palace announced.
The Archbishop released an official statement on Twitter.
He said: “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.”
He paid tribute to Prince Philip’s unfailing support and loyalty to Her Majesty the Queen over the 73-year period they were married.
The Archbishop made reference to both Prince Philip’s naval career and his charity work, including founding The Duke of Edinburgh Award and his advocacy for conservation.
He said: “He consistently put the interests of others ahead of his own and, in so doing, provided an outstanding example of Christian service.”
He spoke of how we should take inspiration from Prince Philip, who displayed an abundance of fortitude and commitment to serving others, in our recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
The Duke was the longest-serving royal consort in British history.
He and the Queen had four children, eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
No official details have been released yet about the Duke’s funeral, but it is understood he will be given a royal ceremonial funeral rather than a state funeral, in line with his wishes.
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