"At this moment of sadness and loss I pray for the repose of the soul of Prince Philip, Her Majesty the Queen’s faithful and loyal husband. I pray for the Queen and all of the Royal Family.

"How much we will miss Prince Philip’s presence and character, so full of life and vigour. He has been an example of steadfast loyalty and duty cheerfully given. May he rest in peace."

Cardinal Vincent Nichols
Archbishop of Westminster

"On behalf of the Catholic community in the Archdiocese of Birmingham I join my prayers with those of Cardinal Vincent Nichols for the repose of the soul of Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh.

"We pray during this Easter week that he may see the light on the face of the risen Christ. We also pray that Our Lord will strengthen and uphold Her Majesty The Queen and all her family in the days ahead."

Archbishop Bernard Longley
Archbishop of Birmingham

A Statement from the Leaders of Birmingham’s Faith Communities on the occasion of the death of His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip

As the principal leaders of Birmingham’s major faith communities we wish to express our deep sadness at the news of the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Our thoughts and condolences are with Her Majesty the Queen and all the Royal Family, and with the family of the Commonwealth and the wider world, which the Duke sought to serve with such distinction.

We join with communities in this city and across the nation in mourning and in recognition of a long life of service.

Our various faith communities will wish, in due course, to pay their respects to a man who, throughout his life championed faith co-operation, but for today we mourn with the sadness of the nation.

The Members of the Birmingham Faith Leaders’ Group:

Rabbi Yossi Jacobs, Chief Ministers, Birmingham Hebrew Congregation
Mr Amrick Singh Ubhi, Nishkam Community Centre
Mr John Beard, Birmingham Buddhist Community
Rt Rev David Urquhart, Bishop of Birmingham
Most Rev Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham
Bhai Sahib Dr Mohinder Singh, Chairman, Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha
Cllr Muhammad Afzal, Birmingham Central Mosque
Imam Mohammad Asad, Birmingham Central Mosque
Rabbi Dr Margaret Jacobi, Birmingham Progressive Synagogue
Rev Ian Howarth, Birmingham Methodist Church
Mr Dinesh Chauhan, Birmingham Hindu Community
Ven Dr Uttaranyana, Birmingham Buddhist Community