Bishop offers Dioceses’ condolences following death of Duke of Edinburgh

Bishop Andrew has offered condolences to the Royal Family on behalf of the parishioners of Derry and Raphoe following the death of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh.

“It is with great sadness that I have learned of the death of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh,” Bishop Andrew said.

“As the longest-serving consort in British history, Prince Philip was the most loyal and most steadfast supporter of Her Majesty The Queen. We thank God for the Duke’s selfless service as husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather to our Royal Family, and for his decades of service to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.“I am sure I speak for all the parishioners of our united dioceses of Derry and Raphoe in offering condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and her family, and in thanking God for the Duke’s life. We keep the Queen and the members of the Royal Family in our prayers at this time of loss.”

Prince Philip died peacefully at Windsor Castle at the age of 99. He was the longest serving consort in British history. The Duke’s death was announced as follows on the Royal Family’s official website:

“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.

“Further announcements will made in due course.

“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

The Archbishop of Armagh, Most Rev John McDowell, has also joined in the tributes to the Duke and the offers of condolence to the Royal Family.

“With profound sympathy for Her Majesty the Queen, I wish to express my sincere condolences to her and her whole family on the death of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh,” the Primate said. “Her Majesty’s sense of loss must be very great after over seventy years of unbroken love and friendship.

“In remembering and reflecting on a life of service, including as a Naval Officer in the Second World War, we recall his exemplary sense of duty to the nation and Commonwealth over seven decades and, most especially, his love, honour and obedience to Her Majesty.

“Prince Philip accepted and developed a unique role in the life of the United Kingdom, always closely supporting the Queen as her “liege man of life and limb” and continuing to serve in an active public life which continued long after many would have sought to lay aside a heavy burden of public service. My prayers will be with the Royal Family in the days to come.”