As England and the rest of the world mourns the loss of Prince Philip who died peacefully at the age of 99 in the Windsor Castle on Friday, the late Duke of Edinburgh is remembered in a report for his interest in theology and his influence on his wife Queen Elizabeth II whom he “persuaded” to talk about her faith.
The Christian Post (CP) said Prince Philip would encourage Queen Elizabeth to be open about her public in her public messages such as the Christmas broadcast that normally only entailed the itinerary of the royal family during the season, citing a report by Premier Christian News (PCN).
“Prince Philip was the person really who encouraged the queen to talk about her own faith in her Christmas broadcasts. They really used to be more like travelogues, and they would just say where the royal family had been,” stated “God Save the Queen” author Rev. Prof. Ian Bradley to PCN.
“(The) queen spoke very movingly and powerfully about her own Christian faith and the impact it had on her. And there was a very positive response from viewers. And,” Bradley recalled of the queen’s 2000 Christmas broadcast, “it was Philip who really persuaded the queen to make more of her own Christian faith. And he said, ‘You should be talking about this.'”
Bradley added that Prince Philip showed “extreme” interest in theology and had “wonderful knowledge in the Bible” such that he would take down notes of the sermon he gave being their pastor and test him, which he described as “really put you on your mettle”, about it during lunchtime.
The Archbishop of Canterbury also recalled Prince Philip as an “outstanding model of Christian service” for faithfully serving as the Queen’s consort for 73 years, as per CP in a separate report.
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Source: Christianity Daily