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Queen wrote to former archbishop about grief after demise of Prince Philip

The previous Archbishop of York, Lord Sentamu.BBC

The late Queen wrote concerning the difficulties of grieving in public in a poignant letter written to the previous Archbishop of York after the demise of her husband, Prince Philip.

Crossbench peer Lord Sentamu mentioned that the Queen spoke in her letter of her deep love for her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, who handed away on 9 April 2021.

“The Queen wrote me a most fantastic letter 4 weeks after the burial of Prince Philip, thanking me for the flowers, the prayers after which ended by saying ‘when you find yourself grieving somebody you deeply love, it is not simple when you must do it in public’,” he mentioned. 

Lord Sentamu was talking to the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg forward of the Queen’s state funeral on Monday.

He mentioned his ideas could be with King Charles III and the royal household who, just like the Queen after the demise of Prince Philip, at the moment are “grieving publicly”. 

He added that the funeral could be a “superb” as a result of the Queen didn’t need a lengthy and boring service.

“So what you are going to count on is one of the best of funeral companies, the prayer e-book service, the phrases which have been an inspiration to Shakespeare,” he mentioned. 

“So you are going to hear this excellent English at its greatest, additionally you are going to hear angelic voices of the choir of the Abbey plus the Chapels Royal, you actually hear voices which might be singing to the glory of God.

“The Queen doesn’t and didn’t need what you name lengthy, boring companies, you are not going to seek out boredom, however you are going to be lifted to glory as you hear the service.”

He added: “The hearts and folks’s cockles will likely be warmed and on the similar time, there will likely be a second of claiming this can be a funeral service that’s superb in its setting.”

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