PRINCE PHILIP (right) is perhaps best known for his impromptu aphorisms. He is also the author of Birds from Britannia — which, before you say anything, is an ornithological work — and a book on carriage driving. Now the great conservationist has written a prayer. which deserves to be reproduced in full:
0 Lord, the Creator of the universe and author of the laws of nature, inspire in us they servants the will to ensure the survival of all the species of animals and plants, which you have given to share this planet with us. Help us to understand that we have a responsibility for them and that "having dominion" does not mean that you have given us the right to exploit the living world without thought for the consequences. Through Him who taught us that Solomon in all his glory could not compare with the beauty of the flowers of the field.
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh is president emeritus of the World Wide Fund for Nature.
From Favourite Prayers. Cassell £9.99