Statement on the Death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

published on 9 Apr 2021

Commissioner Anthony Cotterill, Territorial Commander for The Salvation Army in the UK and Ireland, said:

“I am deeply saddened to hear today of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

“Our sincerest condolences and prayers go out to Her Majesty The Queen and all of the Royal Family at this extremely difficult time.

“Prince Philip has been an inspiration to us all and we give thanks for his long life and his living out of outstanding service to country and Commonwealth. We especially remember with gratitude and affection the occasions when he demonstrated his support for the frontline work of The Salvation Army.

“Over the years the Prince visited a number of our services working with the most vulnerable in society, including people battling drug addictions and homelessness. During these visits Prince Philip would take time to talk with individuals, always showing a great interest in their lives. On other occasions when Salvation Army bands have been privileged to play at Buckingham Palace and at other locations, Prince Philip has shown great encouragement and appreciation of the ministry of Christian music by The Salvation Army.

“I know that Salvationists throughout the United Kingdom, and beyond, will give thanks to God for his long life of service and devotion and will continue to pray for Her Majesty and the Royal family in these sad days."