Norwich pastor exchanges Prince Philip letters
A Norwich church pastor has revealed that he exchanged letters of good wishes with the Duke of Edinburgh while he was being treated at the King Edward VII Hospital in London, less than a month before the Duke’s death on April 9.
Dr Alan Clifford, Pastor of Norwich Reformed Church, said he that he “felt strongly led to write to Prince Philip during his last illness”.
He wrote: “Sir, please allow me to assure you that I remember you in my prayers. In the midst of weakness and other anxieties, may you know the peace and healing mercy of Almighty God our heavenly Father. While eternity beckons us all, our sure and certain comfort of salvation is in our Lord and only Saviour Jesus Christ.
“Some 20 years junior to Your Royal Highness, I recall your kind interest in me during your visit to the RAF Institute of Aviation Medicine, Farnborough in 1964. I was then an Assistant Experimental Officer, later exchanging a scientific career for the Christian ministry. Much more recently (2006), you kindly welcomed a booklet I sent for your information and interest.
“As I follow news bulletins of your progress from day to day, be assured of my continuing concern for your well-being.”
Dr Clifford received a written reply from the Duke’s Assistant Private Secretary, Rachel Loryman, who wrote: “The Duke has asked me to write and thank you for your kind message of good wishes. Your thoughtfulness in writing is much appreciated.”
Pictured above is Dr Alan Clifford on the Norwich Reformed Church YouTube channel.