Prayer vigil for Duke and Royal family at Preston's Gujarat Hindu Society temple

The city's Gujarat Hindu Society organised a special prayer vigil following the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Monday, 26th April 2021, 3:45 pm
Updated Monday, 26th April 2021, 4:51 pm

Members of Preston’s Gujarat Hindu community have paid tribute to the work of the late HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

They joined in a special prayer vigil and have sent a letter of condolence to the Queen following the Duke’s death earlier this month.

The Shanti prathna (peace prayers) were said at the Gujarat Hindu Society temple on South Meadow Lane, Preston with a limited number of people invited to the centre due to the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions. The prayers were also broadcast on Zoom and Facebook to enable members to join in.

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Socially distanced prayer vigil Shanti prathna (peace prayers) for HRH the late Duke of Edinburgh and the Royal family at the Preston Gujarat Hindu Society temple on South Meadow Lane, Preston

Gujarat Hindu Society President Mr Dashrathbhai Nayee wrote in his letter of condolence: “The Hindu Community of Preston recognise the incredible way in which the Duke executed his duties to our country. At this time of immense grief we offer the Royal family our sincere thoughts and prayers.”

After the vigil he also praised the Duke for his work as an “ambassador for young people” through his establishment of the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme and as a “loyal support” to the Queen and their children. He noted: "This award has helped so many young people build their confidence and self-development around the world."

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