Friday, April 9, 2021

Catholic Archbishop of Westminster mourns loss of Britain's Prince Philip


Britain's Prince Philip smiles during his visit with Queen Elizabeth to the Irish National Stud in Kildare, IrelandBritain's Prince Philip smiles during his visit with Queen Elizabeth to the Irish National Stud in Kildare, Ireland 

Britain’s Duke of Edinburgh dies aged 99

Prince Philip, husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, dies at the age of 99. The Archbishop of Westminster says he will be greatly missed.

By Lydia O’Kane

A statement issued by Buckingham Palace on Friday said, "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

"His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle."

The Prince had spent a month in hospital receiving treatment for an infection and underwent heart surgery before being released on 16 March to return to Windsor Castle.

The Duke of Edinburgh was Britain’s longest serving consort. He was born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, and was made a Prince of the United Kingdom after his marriage to Princess Elizabeth in 1947.

On her accession to the throne, Prince Philip dedicated a lifetime of service to Queen and country.


Paying tribute to the Duke, the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols said, “At this moment of sadness and loss I pray for the repose of the soul of Prince Philip, Her Majesty the Queen’s faithful and loyal husband. I pray for the Queen and all of the Royal Family.

“How much we will miss Prince Philip’s presence and character, so full of life and vigour. He has been an example of steadfast loyalty and duty cheerfully given. May he rest in peace.”

The Duke of Edinburgh gave up a promising naval career to support his wife and carried out 20,000 Royal engagements promoting British interests both at home and abroad. He was by Queen Elizabeth’s side when she met Pope Francis at the Casa Santa Marta in 2014.

The Prince also met Pope John XXIII, Pope John Paul II, and Pope Benedict VI during their pontificates.

Prince Philip retired from Royal duties in 2017 after 65 years of service.

The Duke of Edinburgh is survived by the Queen and their four children — Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward as well as eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. 

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