Tuesday 12 December 2017

Scot stands in for Duke in ceremony

The Duke of Edinburgh is revered on the South Pacific island of Tanna
The Duke of Edinburgh is revered on the South Pacific island of Tanna

A Scotsman stood in for the Duke of Edinburgh during a ceremony to mark the royal's "second coming".

Marc Rayner was on the South Pacific island of Tanna - whose people revere the Duke - at a time when they awaited the return of Philip. Islanders believe the Duke is the human form of an ancestral spirit who emerged from a volcano and travelled overseas to marry a queen.

They expected him to return to his ancestral home on his 89th birthday in June, but Mr Rayner said: "I stepped in to explain that the Prince's many responsibilities prevented him from visiting in person - but that he would one day rest in spirit on the island."

Press Association

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