On the morning of 9th April, Buckingham Palace in London announced that Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's husband, has died aged 99. A statement issued by the Palace spoke of the Queen's "deep sorrow" following his death at Windsor Castle. Prince Philip (also known as the Duke of Edinburgh) was the longest-serving royal consort in British history and stood at the Queen's side for more than her six decades of reign.
The community of ISKCON in the UK and around the world are saddened by the loss, and deeply admired his remarkable life of dedicated service.
Below is an official letter of condolence from Bhakti Caitanya Swami (Chairman of the Governing Body of ISKCON) and Praghosa das (Chairman of the Governing Body of ISKCON UK).
It is with great sadness that we of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness respond to the passing of Prince Phillip the Duke of Edinburgh.
Throughout the years we noted how dedicated he was to the betterment of British society, and humanity at large, a principle which we also, in our humble way, are trying to contribute towards. He tried extensively to establish and support projects for the welfare of the people in general and touched the lives of millions in the process.
We note also that he was a deeply thoughtful man, with a sincere interest in philosophy and theology, which humanity is so much in need of in these difficult days. The world has lost a man of remarkable character and insight.
We pray to the Supreme Lord to bestow His mercy upon him, and upon his family and friends in their time of bereavement.
Bhakti Caitanya Swami, Chairman, the Governing Body of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness
Praghosa das, Chairman, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, UK.
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