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Burnley St Peter's

C of E Primary School

HRH Prince Philip

HRH Prince Philip

I was deeply saddened to hear the announcement about the death of HRH Prince Philip and as a school, we hold all those affected in our prayers, particularly his family. In school, the children will be looking back at the life of Prince Philip.

 

Loving God, We are sad that Prince Philip has died. Thank you for his long life and for his care for The Queen and our country. Amen.

 

The Queen believed in Prince Philip since she was 13 years old. He was the one and she never looked at another. She loved him for over 75 years, fiercely, unwaveringly and wholeheartedly. She needed him as her husband, the father of her four children, as her support and her other half. She has been able to stand the test of time – with him, because of him by her side – always one step behind, but never so far that she couldn’t reach for him. Her guide, her strength, her stay.

 

A love that has survived longer than many of us will live, let alone know. A love that has seen a pair of teenagers, thrown in at the deep end, successfully head up an empire. A love that has had a duo so in sync with each other, that they are the longest serving monarch and consort of all time. A love that was tested, tried and toughened over 7 decades. A love that lasted.

 

Thank you for your life of service, duty and honour your highness, Thank you for being the family’s rock and compass, all at the same time. And thank you for making our Queen, your ‘Lilibet’ – laugh, smile and glow in and way that only you could.

 

Most merciful God, whose wisdom is beyond our understanding, surround the Queen and the Royal Family with your love, that they may not be overwhelmed by their loss, but have confidence in your goodness, and strength to meet the days to come. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Burnley Football Club has a special affinity with Prince Philip, following a long association with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Scheme for young people. Turf Moor opened its doors to The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in 2006 and quickly established itself as the largest football club DofE group in Britain, offering hundreds of youngsters the chance to develop and grow through the scheme. The DofE scheme continues to support young persons in Burnley, although activities have been placed on hold for the last year due to the Covid pandemic. The Prince also accompanied the Queen to Turf Moor in 2012, as consort, as the monarch celebrated her Diamond Jubilee and 60 years on the throne.

I love this photo of The Queen and Prince Philip, he had decided to prank her by dressing as a guard when she was returning to Buckingham Palace. Look at that cheeky smile on the Queen's face!

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