Prince Charles talks about ‘those of us who have lost loved ones’ ahead of Prince Philip’s service

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Next week, members of the Royal Family will lead a congregation of dignitaries, charity representatives and friends remembering the life of Prince Philip at a Thanksgiving service at Westminster Abbey. And today, that may well have been on Prince Charles’ mind as he gave a speech at the start of his two-day tour of Ireland and poignantly referenced a poem about the loss of those we love. like.

The Prince addressed the community at Waterford Town Hall today in a wide-ranging speech which referenced events in Ukraine, UK-Ireland relations and the coronavirus pandemic. COVID. He also chose to mention the poem Death is nothing at all, which he pointed out had been adapted by the Carmelite monks of County Waterford. “It reminds us when we need it most to celebrate those we love, to ‘Laugh like we’ve always laughed’ and understand that ‘Nothing is past, nothing is lost’ This is true for all of us who have lost loved ones in recent years. It is true for our countries and for our people too,” the Prince said.

Details of Tuesday’s Thanksgiving service for Prince Philip were announced today by Buckingham Palace, which said it would “thank the Duke of Edinburgh’s devotion to family, nation and Commonwealth and recognize the importance of his legacy in creating opportunities for young people, promoting environmental stewardship and conservation, and supporting the armed forces.It will bring together 500 representatives of his patronages and charities as well as government officials British, armed forces, foreign dignitaries and religious leaders The Duke of Edinburgh’s award, perhaps his greatest legacy, is set to ‘figure prominently’, with a tribute paid by a gold award holder .

The Queen is said to be determined to attend although she recently had mobility issues which forced her to pull out of the Commonwealth Day Service at the Abbey last week.

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