CFI are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip. The Duke of Edinburgh has made an immense contribution to the UK and Commonwealth in his seven decades of public service and will be greatly missed. We offer our condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family at this difficult time.
In the House of Lords on Monday, CFI Honorary President Lord Polak CBE paid his respects to Prince Philip, reflecting on the Duke’s “memorable and witty speech” at the opening ceremony of Hertsmere Jewish Primary School in July 2000. Lord Polak said the Duke was “ahead of his time in so many ways”. Prince Philip visited Israel in 1994 in a personal capacity to honour his mother, Princess Alice, in Jerusalem.
“On that trip, Prince Philip also visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem to participate in a ceremony honouring his mother as a Righteous Among the Nations who saved three members of the Cohen family in Athens during the Nazi occupation of Greece”, Lord Polak recalled.
Yehi zichro baruch: may his memory be for a blessing.