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Prince Philip: Archbishop Of Canterbury Pays Tribute During Sunday Service

The Archbishop of Canterbury addressed a socially distanced congregation.

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The Duke of Edinburgh had a "remarkable willingness" to take the hand he was dealt in life, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said.

Justin Welby, speaking at a remembrance service for Prince Philip on Sunday, said the Royal Family was dealing with the "blow" of bereavement as anyone who has suffered grief will know.

He addressed a socially distanced congregation at the service from Canterbury Cathedral, which was also streamed online.

Mr Welby said: "For His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, there was a willingness, a remarkable willingness, to take the hand he was dealt in life, and straightforwardly to follow its call.

"To search its meaning, to go out and on as sent, to inquire and think, to trust and to pray."

He also noted that although Prince Philip was a man of great faith, he would have "harrumphed" at the idea of "over-spiritualisation".

While the Duke's death has been recognised and reported worldwide, Mr Welby told those watching that for any family the pain of bereavement is personal.

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On Saturday afternoon, the Prince of Wales paid tribute to his father during a live broadcast.

He said: "For the Royal Family, as for every other, no words can reach into the depth of sorrow that goes into bereavement.

"We all know that it is not simply a factor of age or familiarity. It is not obliterated by the reality of a very long life remarkably led, nor is the predictability of death's arrival a softening of the blow.

"Loss is loss."

The archbishop urged prayers for the family and others who are dealing with grief.

It is expected Mr Welby will officiate at the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral service in St George's Chapel alongside David Conner, the Dean of Windsor, on Saturday afternoon.

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