HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

I write just a couple of hours after the sad announcement of the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.  In view of his recent health issues, a few weeks ago we were circulated with instructions as to how churches should react to the news if and when it came.  Having the benefit of a church in the village centre with several of us living very near by, we were able to fulfil the instructions very quickly, with regard to the flying of the Union Flag at half-mast, tolling of a bell and the provision of votive lights with a framed photograph of the Duke.  The Church of England prays for Her Majesty the Queen and all the Royal Family at every service, but the loss of Prince Philip and its impact upon Her Majesty and their Family will be realised by all without official bidding.
Richard Vogt, Churchwarden, Litcham All Saints

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