Greek choir to sing in tribute to Philip at King’s coronation

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A touching tribute to the King’s father Prince Philip, the late Duke of Edinburgh, is to feature in the coronation.

The Greek Choir has been invited to sing a psalm during the service to remind Charles of Philip’s influence and life of service.

Lambeth Palace said the moment had been specially commissioned to reflect the King’s paternal heritage.

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Prince Philip died in April 2021 (David Jones/PA)

He was exiled from Greece with his family when he was just 18 months old when a military coup overthrew his uncle, King Constantine I.

In 2021, Charles, on a visit to Athens, coincidently just weeks before Philip died, spoke of how the country of his father’s birth had a “long held the most special place in my heart”.

As details of the coronation liturgy were released, a spokesperson for Lambeth Palace, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s office, said: “This moment has been specially commissioned to reflect His Majesty’s paternal heritage.

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The then Prince of Wales with his father the Duke of Edinburgh at Sandringham in 1969 (PA)

The choir will sing Psalm 71 during the exchange of swords in the investiture, with the words printed in both Greek and English in the coronation liturgy.

Philip, who was the nation’s longest serving consort and known for his no-nonsense approach, dedicated decades of his life to royal duty, as the late Queen’s “strength and stay”.

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