Ghana

Duke of Edinburgh goes home today

Accra, April 17, GNA – Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, will be buried Saturday afternoon after a family service at the St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

The funeral of the late husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II will be attended by 30 people including members of the royal family.

Millions across the world are expected to watch the “intimate service” via media due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Prince Philip died at age 99 on April 9, in Windsor Castle.

He was the nation’s longest-serving consort and had been married to the Queen for 73 years.

The Duke’s children will walk behind his hearse during the procession.

Buckingham Palace said the Queen had faced “some very difficult” decisions in selecting the mourners from the 800-strong congregation originally planned, and she wanted all branches of her husband’s family to be represented.

Reverend Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, was quoted by the BBC as saying: “She’s the Queen, she will behave with the extraordinary dignity and extraordinary courage that she always does.”

“And at the same time she is saying farewell to someone to whom she was married for 73 years. I think that must be a very, very profound thing… in anybody’s life.”

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo signed the Book of Condolence for the Duke, opened at the British High Commission, and wrote: “We appreciate very much the works of his body, the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme, which has benefited hundreds of thousands of Ghanaians.”

“We express our deep condolences to Queen Elizabeth II, in her period of mourning and loss. We pray for God’s strength for her, her children and family, and also ask for God’s blessing in this period. May his soul rest in peace.”

Former President John Dramani Mahama, in Facebook post, wrote: “I signed a Book of Condolence opened at the British High Commission in Accra for Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.”

“He lived a long and fulfilling life during which he touched the lives of many across the world, especially young people. At this time, our hearts go out to Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family. May his gentle soul find peaceful repose.”

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