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New Zealand says farewell to Prince Philip at memorial service

SYDNEY - New Zealand held an official memorial service for Prince Philip in Wellington, the country s capital, on Wednesday, where Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave a reading. Attended by current and former leaders and diplomats, the memorial was held at the Cathedral of St. Paul, whose foundation stone Queen Elizabeth laid in 1954. New Zealand s Governor General, Dame Patsy Reddy, the official representative of the Queen, spoke of Prince Philip as one of the unchanging stars in our sky . Wearing a red poppy pin, Ardern read a poem by New Zealand author Joy Cowley called Memories, local media reported. The service came after Queen Elizabeth paid her final respects to Prince Philip at a funeral on Saturday that celebrated his seven decades of service.     Officially known as the Duke of Edinburgh, Philip died at age 99 on April 9. REUTERS


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