He has shown genuine concern for the future of our country, through his interest in the environment, wildlife, education, and by ensuring we are at the forefront of scientific advancement. He was a keen sportsman, seen until recently behind the reins of a horse and carriage around Windsor, one of his favourite pastimes since 1970s, and a sport which he helped expand and promote.While our monarchy has its formal and solemn side, Prince Philip has shown a forthright wit and sense of humour and has helped the monarchy adapt and embrace change over the years.
The Queen described him as her rock and he has been a major stabilising influence throughout her whole reign. He will be sorely missed.
A Prayer for the Duke of Edinburgh.
'Well done, thou good and faithful servant: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.’ (Matthew 25.21)
God of majesty,
give rest to your servant Philip
who, having served his Queen and Country,
has passed from this life,
full of years yet strong in spirit.
As we give thanks for his life,
as Prince and husband,
as Consort and family man,
we pray that all that he has done
may continue to bear fruit
in the lives of individuals
and the life of this nation,
to your honour and glory,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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