“The old order changeth, yielding place to new,
And God fulfils Himself in many ways,
Lest one good custom should corrupt the world…
Prince Philip dead at 99: Queen announces the passing of Duke of Edinburgh weeks after heart surgery and after 73 years of marriage.
Born a Prince of Greece and Denmark, Philip was evacuated as an infant from Greece by a British warship following the Greek/Turk war and resettled in Paris where he attended an American school. Following stints in schools in Germany and Scotland Philip joined the Royal Navy and served with distinction in World War II, being mentioned in dispatches. He was also present in Tokyo Bay when the Japanese Surrender was signed.
He met Princess Elizabeth in 1939 and they began to exchange letters when she was 13. He asked King George for her hand in 1946 and they were married in a state wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey in 1947. Over 200 million people watched it from around the world.
From there he went on until age 99 living a very big life.
My first memory of television is watching Elizabeth being crowned in a State Coronation in 1953. Soon, much later, I will watch a State Funeral.
… But now farewell. I am going a long way
With these thou seëst—if indeed I go—
(For all my mind is clouded with a doubt)
To the island-valley of Avilion;
Where falls not hail, or rain, or any snow,
Nor ever wind blows loudly; but it lies
Deep-meadow’d, happy, fair with orchard-lawns
And bowery hollows crown’d with summer sea,
Where I will heal me of my grievous wound.”
So said he, and the barge with oar and sail
Moved from the brink, like some full-breasted swan
That, fluting a wild carol ere her death,
Ruffles her pure cold plume, and takes the flood
With swarthy webs. Long stood Sir Bedivere
Revolving many memories, till the hull
Look’d one black dot against the verge of dawn,
And on the mere the wailing died away.