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Ex-NATO Secretary General And WWII Veteran Lord Carrington’s Life Celebrated

He served as Defence Secretary, Foreign Secretary and NATO Secretary General.

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Lord Carrington was the last surviving member of Sir Winston Churchill's post-war cabinet (Picture: PA). 

A service to celebrate the life of Lord Peter Carrington has been held at Westminster Abbey.

The Conservative peer passed away in July last year at the age of 99.

He was the last surviving member of Winston Churchill’s post-war cabinet and was appointed Defence Secretary, Foreign Secretary and NATO Secretary General.

In the Second World War he served as a tank commander in the Grenadier Guards and was awarded the Military Cross.

He chaired the Lancaster House talks in 1979 that brought majority rule to Zimbabwe but resigned after the invasion of the Falklands in 1982 – saying there had to be a "political sacrifice".

 

Margaret Thatcher and Lord Carrington, before meeting German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt at RAF Benson Picture PA.jpg
Margaret Thatcher and Lord Carrington, before meeting German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt at RAF Benson (Picture: PA).

The Dean of Westminster Abbey, John Hall, said:

"We are inspired by his bravery and modesty, and by his example of high honour and public duty.

"So, let us pray today that our land will never lack men and women willing and able to commit their lives to the public good and to the service of Crown and country, and that we ourselves may continue to guard what is right and fight for what is just."

Attending the service were members of Lord Carrington’s family, the Duchess of Cornwall, Sir John Major, Speaker John Bercow and other prominent public figures.

During the service the Grenadiers Slow March was played and donations were taken for the charity Hope and Homes for Children, of which Lord Carrington served as patron.