It was with great sadness that we have all heard of the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Married to the Queen for 73 years, the prince became a loved and admired member of the United Kingdom’s most revered institution, the royal family.
Although inevitably often a step behind his wife, Philip was not a man to dwell in the background. During his years of service, he was a founder or supporter of schemes as varied as, for example, The Duke of Edinburgh Awards, the World Wildlife Fund, the International Equestrian Society and the British Heart Foundation. A distinguished World War Two navy veteran, he maintained his support of the armed forces throughout his life. Occasionally forthright he spoke his mind and influenced change for the better in many spheres. No doubt in the next few weeks, these organisations and others will be describing how important his support had been over the years.
As we have seen recently, the royal family is not just a national institution, it is also a private family. On the few occasions when the public has been able to peek behind the curtains of their home, we have seen Philip the father, the grandfather and the great-grandfather. He was as proud as any of us would be at family weddings and christenings: mournful too at funerals. He has been a man keen to encourage each member of his family as they sail the turbulent seas of private and public life. Philip knew how difficult it is. He knew how rewarding it could be. No one did it better than him.
On behalf of Fressingfield Parish Council, I would like to give our most sincere thanks for the unstinting service he gave to his country, and offer our deep felt condolences to his family. His Memory and legacies will live on.
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Di Warne, Chair of Fressingfield Parish Council