The Prince of Wales was visibly moved to hear how his father’s funeral brought “great honor” to the Orthodox Christian world, before praying for Ukraine as the war rages on
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The Prince of Wales was emotional after hearing how his father Prince Philip’s funeral brought “great honor” to the Orthodox Christian world.
An 85-year-old woman told the prince she was moved to tears after hearing the Russian Kontakion of the Deceased, translated by William John Birkbeck, played at the service at St George’s Chapel in April 2021.
dr Jennie Dutchak said: “I thank you personally. His soul rests in peace.”
The prince took her arm and sounded moved as he thanked her very much for her words.
The Prince and Duchess both visited the Ukrainian community at the Holy Virgin Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Ottawa, where they listened to prayers and specifically thanked the Royal Family for their support for Ukraine.
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The royal couple spoke to a refugee family, a mother and her two sons, who recently joined her sister in Ottawa after being forced to flee their homeland under Russian fire.
The prince and duchess were also reintroduced to Ukrainian culture and food, with Camilla trying to paint eggs and both trying to make pierogi.
dr Dutchak, who spoke to the prince in the final moments of the visit, said afterwards: “A year ago, at his funeral, his father chose a special anthem.
“Our choir sings it here and it brought me to tears to have a choir sing it at a royal funeral. It was a celebration.
“It is a great honor for every Orthodox Christian that he has recognized his sacred beauty. We are all proud.”
Prince Philip’s funeral, held in lockdown, also included the Kyiv Melody arranged by Sir Walter Parratt.
Today, on the second of their three-day visit to Canada, the Prince and Duchess attended a service with members of the Canadian-Ukrainian community, lighting candles and praying together.
The prince sometimes seemed lost in thought and closed his eyes while listening to the melodious service.
Reverend Volodymyr Kouchnir, dean of St. Sophie’s Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Montreal, told them: “Today your country is truly a friend of Ukraine.
“We have reached out a helping hand to our military, but also as fellow citizens of our planet. We will never, ever forget that.
“We are sincerely grateful to the Royal Family, Her Majesty and you personally for your help and support to Ukraine as it fights today for democratic values and a chance to live as part of the European family.
“God grant you many, many blessed years.”
The Prince and Duchess then headed downstairs to the church hall, where they were greeted by a group of five men and women dressed in traditional Ukrainian attire.
They were both introduced to Natalia Stepaniuk, who has lived in Ottawa for ten years after studying at the university there, and Olha Rudenko, who left the family home in Lutsk in March and has since been granted a Canadian visa.
Her two sons, Stanislav, 16, and Lukian, nine, have traveled with her while her husband remains in Ukraine to fight.
The Duchess asked her: “Are you okay? It must be so difficult.”
After hearing her story, she added, “We’re so behind you. We’re so worried about you.”
When she asked about the children and heard that they had started school but that the younger one could not speak the language yet, she assured them: “Very very soon he will speak English.”
The Duchess was then invited to create traditional painted eggs using a delicate wax technique.
“I’ve always admired those eggs so much. will you show me?”
Later, the prince admired her rudimentary lines on an eggshell, as well as the colorful ones painted by the experts with more time.
The couple also tried their hand at making pierogi, which are dumplings filled with potatoes and cheese.
After Camilla successfully made one, it was put aside when the group she was teaching decided what to do with the special royal pierogi.
Before they left, the prince listened to a men’s choir and the duchess met children at a local Ukrainian school.
After signing the guest book, they took part in a short tour with several hundred people outside.
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