Queen says death of Prince Philip has 'left a huge void in her life'

The Queen has described the death of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, as “leaving a great void in her life”.

The Duke of York revealed the personal feelings of his mother the Queen after attending a service where members of the royal family offered prayers for Philip as the nation remembered him.

He described the death of his father movingly as resonating with many people and said: “We have lost the grandfather of the nation.”

Andrew was accompanied to a Sunday service by the Earl and Countess of Wessex and their daughter Lady Louise Windsor at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at the Royal Lodge, Windsor.

The Duke said of his father’s death: “She described it as leaving a great void in her life, but we, the family – those who are closer – gather to make sure we are there …”

The Earl of Wessex told reporters that Prince Philip’s death was “a terrible shock”.

He said, “It was a bit of a shock. As much as you try to prepare for something like this, it’s still a terrible shock.

“And we’re still trying to come to terms with it. And it’s very, very sad.

“But I have to say that the extraordinary tribute and memories everyone had and was ready to share were so amazing.

“And it just goes to show that he might have been our father, grandfather, father-in-law, but he meant so much to so many other people.”

The Queen “thinks of others,” said the Countess of Wessex as she left a service in the Royal Chapel of All Saints at the Royal Lodge in Windsor.

The Earl of Wessex added, “As always. But bear it, and again it’s just this wave of affection for him (the Duke of Edinburgh) and just these beautiful stories.

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“They just mean so much and the awards were just fantastic. This is really very important and we really appreciate it. “

Meanwhile, during a memorial service at Canterbury Cathedral, the Archbishop of Canterbury paid tribute to Philip and described the Duke as one who had a “remarkable willingness” to “take the hand that was given to him in life.”

Justin Welby, who spoke for Philip at a memorial service on Sunday, said the royal family was facing the “blow” of death, as anyone who has suffered grief will know.

He spoke to a socially distant congregation at the Canterbury Cathedral service, which was also broadcast live online.

Mr. Welby said: “For His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh there was a willingness, a remarkable willingness to take the hand that was given to him in life and to answer his call directly.

“To seek its meaning, to go out as sent, to inquire and reflect, to trust and pray.”

He also noted that even though Philip was a man of great faith, he would have “resented” the idea of ​​”over-spiritualization”.

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He said, “Wherever we find lives that foresee prophetic aspects and have practical applications of inspiration, as with Prince Philip, we see signs of this new creation of the Spirit of God.

“We shouldn’t exaggerate. The Duke would have been the first to be very angry about the over-spiritualization of the world that he found, let alone himself. “

While Philip’s death has been recognized and reported worldwide, Mr. Welby told observers that the pain of death is personal to every family, saying “loss is loss”.

He said: “For the royal family, as for everyone else, no words can reach into the depths of grief that goes into grief.

“We all know it’s not just a factor of age or familiarity. It is not obliterated by the reality of very long life being remarkably lived, nor is the predictability of the arrival of death a mitigation of the blow.

“Loss is loss.”

The archbishop asked for prayers for the family and others involved in grief.

He said: “We can indeed pray that the Duke of Edinburgh will rest in peace and arise in glory.

“We can pray for consolation. We can pray and offer love for those who find that a great life leaves a very great void.

“For the royal family and the millions who have themselves suffered loss, we can know that the presence of Christ will bring peace and the light of Christ will shine strong, and in that light we can strengthen one another with eternal hope. ”

Mr. Welby is expected to officiate with David Conner, Dean of Windsor, at the memorial service at St. George’s Chapel on Saturday afternoon.

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