Archbishop pays tribute to Prince Philip at an intimate memorial service

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The Queen and Prince Philip were married for 73 years.(Photo: Reuters)

A special service was held in Canterbury Cathedral on Sunday in memory of Prince Philip.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, presided over the service, saying the Duke of Edinburgh had shown a "remarkable willingness to take the hand with which he was dealt in life," referring to his nearly seven decades as the consort of Queen Elizabeth.

He said: "For the royal family, as for everyone else, no words can delve into the depths of sorrow that goes into sorrow.

"With His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh there was a willingness, a remarkable willingness to take the hand given to him in life and to answer directly to his call, to seek his meaning, to go back and forth, to ask and ponder, to trust and pray. "

The Canterbury service followed a brief memorial on Saturday night at his official residence, Lambeth Palace, where he pondered the Duke's selflessness.

"It wasn't 'me, me, me'. It was about the world, about those he served, and his own role became more and more important," said the archbishop.

“He had a righteous impatience. He wouldn't accept the status quo. If things weren't right, he would say it and say it so quickly, clearly, and often bluntly.

"However, Prince Philip also had a deep and genuine sense of service and humility."

The Archbishop is expected to officiate next Saturday at Prince Philip's funeral at St. George & # 39; s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

Attendance is limited to 30 due to coronavirus restrictions, and Prince Harry will have to return to the UK for worship without his pregnant wife Meghan Markle.

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