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His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh
Service of Commemoration, available now on YouTube
On Wednesday 14 April at 6pm, a Service of Commemoration was held for His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh with Bishop Christine (Officiant), the Dean of Newcastle (Preacher), the Newcastle Cathedral Choir and a congregation of the Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear and other dignitaries in attendance.
A reflection by Bishop Christine on the life of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh
His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh – Announcement, 9 April
We join with the whole nation and friends across the world in expressing our sorrow at the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip. Amidst the pain and grief, we also give prayers of thanksgiving for his life, and for his service to our nation.
Statement from Bishop Christine
The Duke of Edinburgh’s devotion and steadfast support of the Queen is one of the greatest love stories of our time. By her side, he served our nation with dedication and deep loyalty. His commitment to duty, together with his lively wit and down to earth approach, have been part of the life of our nation for nearly seventy years. I pray today with gratitude for his life, for Her Majesty and the Royal Family in their loss, and for all who mourn.
Statement from The Very Revd Geoff Miller, Dean of Newcastle
As a city and a country, we mourn the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh who through eight decades has been a devoted husband to Her Majesty the Queen and a loyal and hard-working servant to the nation. He came to Newcastle and the North East many times, sometimes with the Queen, sometimes on his own, and many will have fond memories of the those visits. We pray for Her Majesty and the Royal Family at this difficult time, and for all who mourn the Duke’s passing.
Life of HRH Prince Philip
HRH Prince Philip was born into the Greece and Danish royal families, on June 10th, 1921. After being exiled from Greece as a young child, Philip grew up in France, Germany and the UK, and joined the Royal Navy in 1939, serving in the Mediterranean and Pacific fleets during the Second World War. In 1947 he abandoned his Greek and Danish royal titles, and took the name Mountbatten from his maternal grandparents. He married Elizabeth on 20th November 1947, and was given the title Duke of Edinburgh. He left active military service when Elizabeth became HRH Queen Elizabeth II, and was later endowed with the title HRH Prince Philip.
He retired from royal duties in 2017, having completed over 20,000 solo engagements. During his long service as consort to the Queen he became patron, president, or otherwise connected, to over 800 organisations. His award scheme has inspired millions of young people across the world to serve their communities, and to develop their learning outside the classroom.