(Ottawa) At this time of pandemic, Canada on Saturday offered a sober tribute to Prince Philip, his public service, his commitment to youth, and his steadfast support for his wife, Queen Elizabeth II.
The Mass was held at Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa, which included virtual honors and performances, after the state funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who announced on Saturday a donation of $ 200,000 to the Duke of Edinburgh International Prize, described the prince as “a man of great service”.
He said during the virtual mass: “He devoted his life to the duty and people of the Commonwealth.” In the days following his death, the Prime Minister said, we heard from countless people across Canada and around the world. They shared memories and stories and talked about the impact they had on their lives and their community. ”
He added that Prince Philip was “a man who believed in people, especially the youth.”
He urged them to do more to believe in themselves and advocate for a better and brighter future.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
The cannons were fired at the end of the National Concert, which was followed by a recitation by Dominion Carillonier at the Peace Tower in Parliament House.
According to the restrictions related to the epidemic, no guests have been invited to attend church service. Instead, the Canadians were asked to watch the show on TV or online and not to gather outside.
Prince Philip passed away on April 9, at the age of 99. Married Queen Elizabeth II, 73 years old.
Earlier on Saturday, the state funeral for the Duke of Edinburgh was held at Windsor Castle.
The ceremony, which only hosted 30 people, was called “surreal” by John Yogis, secretary of the Halifax branch of the Royal League, but “very beautiful.”
“The most influential aspect was to think of Her Majesty herself,” he said.
Seeing the Queen alone, after spending nearly three-quarters of a century with Prince Philip by her side, gave Mr. Yogis “goose bumps”, who also said he was “sad” to see “the end of life”. “interval”. .
Mr. Yogis, who is also Director of the Commonwealth Institute of Judicial Education, considers the Duke of Edinburgh International Prize to be one of the “Prince’s most important contributions to the Commonwealth”.
He said that the program introduces young people to “the outdoors, wildlife, service and citizenship.”
In a statement, Trudeau said the donation to the Canadian branch of the Duke of Edinburgh International Prize honors Prince Philip’s commitment to the success of future generations.