“Prince Philip has been a regular visitor to Northern Ireland in connection with his widespread charitable work.  Many pupils from right across the community here have participated in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. However, his visit to Ireland along with Queen Elizabeth in 2011, stands out as a cherished moment of peace and reconciliation and as an historic demonstration of the importance of mutual understanding and respectful relationships between these islands.

“I will offer prayers for Queen Elizabeth and her family at this difficult personal time and will pray for the happy repose of the soul of Prince Philip.”

Archbishop Eamon Martin is Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland.

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