The National Church Leaders Forum (NCLF) – a black Christian voice, offers sincere condolences to HRH Queen Elizabeth ll, following the passing of her husband and consort of 73 years, HRH Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
We also offer condolences to Prince Phillip’s family – his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren for the loss of their much loved father, grand-father and great-grandfather.
Beset by geographical displacement and relocation at a young age, the Duke of Edinburgh’s life was a purposeful and fruitful one. It was a life of service to his family, our nation and the wider commonwealth. His patronage of over 800 charities spanned several continents during his lifetime.
One of the Duke’s enduring legacies is the charity he founded in 1956, the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme (DofE), with its international reach beginning in 1958. The Duke of Edinburgh International Award was established in 1988, with the current Chair of the Council being Lord Boateng.
Over the decades the DofE has invested in the lives of thousands of young people aged between 14-24 years in more than 140 countries, of which many are of African and Caribbean heritage, enabling them to build confidence and resilience through volunteering, physical activities and expeditions.
The UK African and Caribbean Christian community will keep the Queen and Royal Family in our thoughts and pray that God will comfort them during this time of great loss and strengthen them for the days ahead.