Prince Philip showed a “remarkable willingness to take the hand he was dealt in life and straightforwardly to follow its call”, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said.

Justin Welby paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh at a remembrance service at Canterbury Cathedral following his death on Friday.

The archbishop said: “For the Royal Family, as for any other, no words can reach into the depths of sorrow that goes into bereavement… it is not obliterated by the reality of a very long life remarkably led.”

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby makes an address during a National Service to mark the centenary of the Armistice at Westminster Abbey, London, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby makes an address during a National Service to mark the centenary of the Armistice at Westminster Abbey, London, Sunday November 11, 2018. (Paul Grover/Pool photo via AP)
Image: Justin Welby paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh at a remembrance service. File pic

The archbishop continued: “For his Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh there was a willingness, a remarkable willingness, to take the hand he was dealt in life and straightforwardly to follow its call.

“To enquire and think, to trust and to pray.”

The archbishop had earlier praised Philip’s “righteous impatience” and “gift of moral imagination” at an online memorial at Lambeth Palace.

The UK is officially in a period of national mourning for the next week, up to and including Philip’s funeral on Saturday afternoon.

The Queen and her family will wear masks and practice social distancing as they gather to say their final farewell at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

Prince Charles spoke movingly of his “dear Papa” on Saturday and said the Royal Family are being helped through this “particularly sad time” by the public outpouring of support.

The Prince of Wales said his father, who was 99, had devoted himself to the Queen, his family and the country for some 70 years.