Friday, 9 April 2021

The Duke of Edinburgh Passed Away Peacefully This Morning

With "deep sorrow", Her Majesty announced the death of her "strength and stay" Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The Duke passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. I know you'll all join me in sending deepest condolences to the Queen, the entire family and all who are mourning today.

The Palace will release details in due course. A friend shared this photo with me whilst Philip was in hospital. So often, with those in the public eye and members of the Royal family, we discuss what they mean to the world, the significance of their roles. Behind closed doors, this image exemplifies the Queen and the Duke at their happiest, soaking up the outdoors in Balmoral, enjoying time as a family and making memories with their beloved grandchildren.

The College of Arms shared details on plans for the funeral which will take place at St George's Chapel. "The funeral will not be a State Funeral and will not be preceded by a Lying-in-State. His Royal Highness’s body will lie at rest in Windsor Castle ahead of the funeral in St George’s Chapel. This is in line with custom and with His Royal Highness’s wishes. The funeral arrangements have been revised in view of the prevailing circumstances arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and it is regretfully requested that members of the public do not attempt to attend or participate in any of the events that make up the funeral."

Among a sea of tributes flooding in today, the Archbishop of Canterbury said, "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 ease and making them feel special. The legacy he leaves is enormous".

An online book of condolence is available here.

6 comments:

  1. Heartbreaking may he rest in peace and strength and condolences to Her Majesty and the whole royal family. He will be sorely missed

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  2. My condolences to all who mourn his passing. He was a good example of how a husband can support a very powerful wife and not be swallowed up in her role; and when her role is queen, then Philip is the man any other consort ought to look to for a pattern.

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  3. Heart-rending news.

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  4. I have heard this morning the very sad news, about the passing of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. For 73 years he supported the Love of his Life HM Queen Elizabeth 2nd. His sense of Humor will be greatly missed by many. May he R I P. It is also a sad day for the PoW and the Dss of Cornwall. The DoE passed away on their 16th Wedding Anniversary.

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  5. I feel so bad for The Queen! We all knew this was coming, but I’m still upset.

    I’m placing my faith in The Queen’s eternal ability to carry on no matter what although is almost too hard for anybody.

    I’m also glad the funeral will be low key. No matter who Philip was nobody needs to risk Covid to honor him.

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  6. Charlotte, NebraskaWednesday, 14 April, 2021

    HM's consort was extraordinary in sense that he advocated for the ideals of respect and trust and honor. Our boot camp has all his names written in a memorial session on special attire. The Queen and her children are lucky to have had this figure-lead. RIP

    Charlotte x

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