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Prime Minister and NSW Premier attend church service in Sydney to honour Prince Philip - ABC News

Australian dignitaries are paying their respects to Prince Philip at a church service in Sydney this morning.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Governor-General David Hurley and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian are among mourners attending the service at St Andrews Cathedral.

The church has amended its usual Sunday service to include prayers for the royal family and a naval hymn sung to honour Prince Philip, who died on Friday aged 99.

The Very Reverend Kanishka de Silva Raffel, said the news of Prince Philip's death had left the community "deeply saddened".

A photograph of the Queen and Prince Philip sits below a pulpit.
A photograph of the Queen and Prince Philip sat below the pulpit. (

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"As we gather, we extend deep sympathy and condolences to Her Majesty The Queen, to whom Prince Philip was, for more than 70 years, a loyal and loving husband, and also to the members of the royal family, to whom he was a father, grandfather and great-grandfather," he said.

"On Prince Philip's many visits to Australia, we have come to know him as a man of compassion and service, personal warmth, intellectual curiosity and generous spirit.

"Look with compassion, we pray, upon our bereaved and most gracious sovereign lady Queen Elizabeth and all the royal family now in sorrow and affliction."

During the service, a framed photograph of the Queen and Prince Philip sat below the pulpit.

The Prime Minister holds his wife's hand as they walk with a church minister.
Scott and Jenny Morrison arrive at St Andrew's Cathedral. (

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The Right Reverend Peter Hayward said Prince Philip made an "extraordinary contribution … to our lives and to our country and to the world".

"When he was a head boy at Gordonstoun [School], his final report said of him these words: ‘Prince Philip is universally trusted, liked and respected. He has the greatest sense of service of all the boys in the school', and that was to define his life from then on.

"A life of duty, loyalty and service during 73 years of marriage to the Queen, he lived this duty of service out in an exemplary way."

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian bumps elbows with a minister as she arrives a church.
Gladys Berejiklian practiced COVID safety at the service.(

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Mourners laughed as Rev Hayward recounted Prince Philip's comments during an event for one of the 800 charitable organisations of which he was patron.

"I declare this thing open, whatever it is," the Prince had reportedly said during an event in Canada in 1969.

"There might be some here this morning who know what that is like," he said, looking towards the front pew where Ms Berejiklian, Mr Morrison, and Mr Hurley sat.

The dignitaries signed a condolence book at the end of the service and members of the public were also invited to do so.

The books will be given to Government House to pass on to Buckingham Palace.

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