SENIOR figures from the Diocese of Worcester joined Evesham and Pershore’s MPs in paying respect to Prince Phillip after Buckingham Palace announced he died peacefully last Friday (April 9).
Speaking ahead of the funeral at St George’s Chapel in Windsor on Saturday (April 17), the Bishop of Worcester, Dr John Inge said: “Millions of people, not just in this country but across the globe, will be saddened to learn of the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.
“As a most wonderful consort to Her Majesty the Queen, he has been centre stage for decades, bringing his considerable wisdom and wit to bear on so many situations.
“I join in giving thanks for the long life of a remarkable man and pray that he will rest in peace and rise in glory. I pray for comfort for all who mourn his passing, especially Her Majesty the Queen and all the Royal Family.”
The Dean of Worcester, Peter Atkinson, said: “Prince Philip was a much-loved figure on the world stage for many decades. His support for Her Majesty the Queen throughout their long marriage, and his devotion to duty through countless public engagements until very recently, mark him out as one of the great men of our time.
“We mourn his passing, and are united in prayer for the Queen and the Royal Family.”
Evesham’s MP Nigel Huddleston said: “It was deeply saddening to hear the news of HRH Prince Philip’s death last week and I know that his loyalty, dedication and commitment to the Queen and to our nation won’t be forgotten.
“I know many people in Worcestershire will have met the Duke and it has been heart-warming to hear so many personal stories from those whose lives he touched.”
Harriett Baldwin, MP for West Worcestershire, said: “I was greatly saddened to learn of the passing of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. He has been a steadfast supporter of the Queen and has given a lifetime of service to this country for which we are truly grateful.
“My thoughts are with Her Majesty and all the Royal Family at this sad time.”