Requiescat in Pace
It was with tremendous sadness that I heard of the death, this morning, of Prince Philip. He was a remarkable man in so many very different ways. He was the Queen‘s husband, support and stay; We remember the Queen at this time with great sadness for her and the whole of the royal family. We pray that he may rest in peace and that the Queen may know God’s comfort, as she has trusted in Him over the long years of her marriage and reign.
For most of us we do not have a memory of when Prince Philip was not Duke of Edinburgh and at the Queen’s side. In his younger years he fought in the Royal Navy. Later he negotiated the difficult role of being married to and supporting the new young Queen. He was a man of remarkable vision whether concerning wildlife conservation or the new medium of television. He was President or patron of many charities and this wise eye came to bear on the huge projects of restoring Windsor Castle and the Cutty Sark. As Master of the Corporation of Trinity House he led the Court and Elder Brethren in the development and deployment of our lighthouses maintaining safety around our shores.
He was a man of courage and fortitude as well as fierce loyalty to the Queen. His death will mark the end of an epoch and our nation will never quite be the same again.
We pray for Her Majesty the Queen and their children, Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward.
May he rest in peace and rise in glory.
The Rev’d Oliver Ross