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In advance of the funeral of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on Saturday, representatives of Derby’s faith communities issue the following message:

On behalf of all faith communities in the city, we express our great sadness at the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and extend our deepest sympathies to her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family.

His Royal Highness had strong personal faith and a deep curiosity about other beliefs. He lived a significant and remarkable life and contributed to the understanding and harmony between different faith communities.

We know our sadness is shared by people across the world and hope that Prince Philip’s appreciation of the significance of all faiths in civic life and his example of unstinting public service will continue to inspire the development of inter faith understanding and co-operation for the common good.

Signed:

The Right Reverend Libby Lane, Bishop of Derby and Chair of Derby Multi Faith Centre.

Sheykh Qazi Abdul Mateen Al-Azhari, for and on behalf of Derby’s Muslim community and Jamia Mosque.

Mr Kamal Manon, President of Geeta Bhawan Derby Hindu Temple.

President Sardar Barbir Singh Ji for and on behalf of the Sikh Community of Derbyshire and the Management Committee of Guru Arjan Dev. Gurdwara Derby.

Mark Solomon, Interfaith Rabbi at Liberal Judaism.

Keith Munnings, on behalf of the Buddhists communities of Derbyshire.

Ali Poostchi, on behalf of Derby’s Baha’i community.

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