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The order of service for Prince Philip’s memorial service


The Duke of Edinburgh in August 2017 (Getty Images)

The Duke of Edinburgh in August 2017 (Getty Images)

The Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Prince Philip is set to take place at Westminster Abbey today 29 March 2022 at 10.30am.

The Service will pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh’s contribution to public life and steadfast support for the over 700 charitable organisations with which he was associated throughout his life.

Alongside the Royal Family, members of foreign royal families and the Duke of Edinburgh’s wider family and friends will be in attendance.

The congregation will include over 500 representatives of the Duke of Edinburgh’s patronages and charities.

Other guests at the service will include representatives from UK Government, the Armed Forces and the Devolved Administrations, Realm High Commissioners, representatives of Overseas Territories, representatives from the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Household, representatives from the Duke’s Regimental Affiliations in the UK and the Commonwealth, as well as the clergy and other faiths.

In recognition of the Duke of Edinburgh’s long-held relationship with the Armed Forces, the Band of the Royal Marines will provide music before and after the service.

The Westminster Abbey and the Chapel Royal Choirs will provide music during the service, including a number of hymns and readings that were not possible at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral last year due to Covid restrictions.

Here is in the order of service in full:

Music before the service

The service is conducted by the Very Rev Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster.

The service is sung by the choirs of Westminster Abbey and Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace, directed by James O’Donnell, organist and master of the choristers, Westminster Abbey.

The organ is played by Peter Holder, sub-organist.

The State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry are directed by Trumpet Major Julian Sandford, and the fanfare team from the central band of the Royal Air Force are directed by Sergeant Timothy Hynd RAF.

Before the service Matthew Jorysz, assistant organist, plays:

Andante cantabile from Symphony No 3 by Charles-Marie Widor (1844–1937);

Bist du bei mir BWV 508 attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750);

Salix from Plymouth Suite by Percy Whitlock (1903–46).

The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth (Royal Band), directed by Lieutenant Colonel Jason Burcham RM, principal director of music, plays:

Prelude from 49th Parallel by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958) and arranged by Michael McDermott;

Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral from Lohengrin by Richard Wagner (1813–83) and arranged by Peter Curtis;

Canterbury Chorale by Jan Van der Roost (b 1956);

Lux Aurumque by Eric Whitacre (b 1970);

Men of Honour Part 2 by Thomas Bergerson (b 1980) and arranged by Ivan Hutchinson;

Pacific by Blake Neely (b 1969) and Hans Zimmer (b 1957) and arranged by Rieks van der Velde.

The assistant organist plays Shepherd’s Song from Symphony No 6 (‘Pastoral’) by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827).

The sub-organist plays Benedictus from Sonata Britannica by Charles Villiers Stanford (1852–1924).

The Royal family arrives

Members of the Duke of Edinburgh’s family arrive and are conducted to their seats.

The Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, the Right Honourable Dame Eleanor Laing DBE MP, and the Lord Speaker, the Lord McFall of Alcluith, are received by the Dean and Chapter of Westminster. Presentations are made and they are conducted to their seats.

The Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Boris Johnson MP, and Mrs Johnson, are received. Presentations are made and they are conducted to their seats.

The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Andrew Smith, and the Lady Mayoress Salma Shah are received. Presentations are made and they are conducted to their seats. All stand, and then sit.

Representatives of faith communities and of the churches process to places in the Lantern.

The King and Queen of the Belgians; the Queen of Denmark; the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg; the Prince of Monaco; the King and Queen of the Netherlands and Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands; the King and Queen of Norway; the King and Queen of Spain; the King and Queen of Sweden; Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Prince El Hassan bin Talal and Princess Sarvath El Hassan; Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes; Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece; Prince Philippos and Princess Nina of Greece; Margareta, Custodian of the Romanian Crown and Prince Radu of Romania; Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia, and Prince Kyril of Preslav arrive and are conducted to their seats.

Members of the Royal family arrive and are conducted to their seats.

Prince and Princess Michael of Kent; the Duke of Kent and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester arrive and are conducted to their seats.

The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence KCVO, CB; the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and Viscount Severn arrive and are conducted to their seats.

The Duke of York, Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank arrive and are conducted to their seats.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are received by the Dean and Chapter. Presentations are made and they are conducted to their seats.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are received by the Dean and Chapter. Presentations are made and they are conducted to their seats.

All stand as the procession moves to places in Quire, the Sacrarium, and Poets’ Corner.

A fanfare is sounded.

The Queen is received by the Dean and Chapter. Presentations are made.

Order of Service

All sing Monk’s Gate 372 NEH from The Pilgrim’s Progress adapted from an English folk song by John Bunyan (1628–88) and arranged by James O’Donnell (b 1961).

All sit.

The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster, says the Bidding:

In Westminster Abbey, where he made promises that defined a life of willing duty and spirited service, we give thanks for His Royal Highness the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

A man of rare ability and distinction, rightly honoured and celebrated, he ever directed our attention away from himself. He put privilege to work and understood his rank as a spur to service.

Working at pace, with so many claims on his attention, he encouraged us to focus, as he was focused, on the things that matter. His was a discipline and character that seized opportunity and overcame obstruction and difficulty.

We recall, with affection and respect, the sustained offering of a long life lived fully. Acknowledging our loss, we turn to the God who is our help for He will renew our hope.

In grateful remembrance of the Prince Philip, we then commit ourselves to live as he lived, in faith, in the service of Her Majesty, and with a greater reverence for our world and our neighbours.

Let us pray in the words that Jesus taught us:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Doyin Sonibare, a Gold Award holder from the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, gives a tribute.

The Right Honourable the Lord Wallace of Tankerness QC, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, reads:

To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.

Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the Lord, and my judgment is passed over from my God?

Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching of his understanding.

He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Isaiah 40: 25–31

Thanks be to God.

The choir sings William Byrd (c 1540–1623), Collect for Holy Communion The Book of Common Prayer.

The Right Reverend and Right Honourable Dame Sarah Mullally DBE, Dean of Her Majesty’s Chapels Royal, reads:

Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

Philippians 4: 4–9

Thanks be to God.

All stand to sing Lasst uns erfreuen 263 NEH, based on a poem by St Francis of Assisi (1182–1226). Translated by William Draper (1855-1933). Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams after a melody in Geistliche Kirchengesäng Cologne, 1623, and arranged by James O’Donnell.

All sit.

The Right Reverend David Conner KCVO, Dean of Windsor, gives the Address.

The choir sings: Te Deum in C by Benjamin Britten (1913-76).

Canticle for Morning Prayer in The Book of Common Prayer.

The Reverend Mark Birch, Minor Canon and Precentor, introduces the prayers:

Let us give thanks to Almighty God for the life and work of the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and pray for all who honour his legacy and continue his work.

All sit or kneel.

The Reverend Kenneth MacKenzie, Minister of Crathie Church, says:

Let us give thanks for his service as Consort, liege man of life and limb, and of earthly worship to Her Majesty; for his devotion to family, to Nation and to Commonwealth; for his strength and constancy.

O Father of all, we pray thee for those whom we love but see no longer. Grant them thy peace; let light perpetual shine upon them; and, in thy loving wisdom and almighty power, work in them the good purpose of thy perfect will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Reverend Canon Jonathan Riviere LVO, Rector of Sandringham, says:

Let us give thanks for his energy and spirit of adventure; for his work with the young to discover new skills and serve their communities. Let us pray especially for the work of Cadet Forces and all engaged in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Teach us, good Lord, to serve thee as thou deservest; to give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labour and not to ask for any reward, save that of knowing that we do Thy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Reverend Canon Martin Poll, Chaplain to the Royal Chapel of All Saints, Windsor Great Park, says:

Let us give thanks for his work in conservation and the good stewardship of the environment, in bringing together people of many faiths, and in the work of the World Wildlife Fund.

Almighty God, whose loving hand hath given us all that we possess in creation; grant us grace that we may honour thee with our substance, and remembering the account which we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of thy bounty; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Reverend Canon Paul Wright, Sub-Dean of Her Majesty’s Chapels Royal, says:

Let us give thanks for his gifts of character; for his humour and resilience; his fortitude and devotion to duty; that we may follow his good example in the service of our fellows.

O Lord God, when thou givest to thy servants to endeavour any great matter, grant us also to know that it is not the beginning, but the continuing of the same unto the end, until it be thoroughly finished, which yieldeth the true glory; through him who for the finishing of thy work laid down his life, our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Reverend Dr James Hawkey, Canon in Residence, says:

Let us give thanks to our heavenly Father for all his blessings and mercies, and dedicate ourselves anew to his service.

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we thine unworthy servants do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all men; We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ, for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.

And we beseech thee, give us that due sense of all thy mercies, that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful, and that we show forth thy praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives; by giving up ourselves to thy service, and by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.

All stand to sing: Cwm Rhondda 368 NEH by John Hughes (1873-1932) and arranged by James O’Donnell.

Arglwydd, arwain trwy’r anialwch by William Williams (1717–91) and translated by Peter Williams (1727–96) and others.

The Most Reverend and the Right Honourable Justin Welby, Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate of All England and Metropolitan, gives the Blessing:

God grant to the living grace; to the departed rest; to the Church, the Queen, the Commonwealth, and all people, peace and concord; and to us sinners life everlasting; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen.

All sing God Save The Queen.

Arranged by Gordon Jacob (1895–1984).

All remain standing as the Procession, together with the Queen and Members of the Royal Family, leaves the Abbey church.

Music after the service

Allegro molto e ritmico from Sonata Britannica by Charles Villiers Stanford.

The band plays The Seafarers arranged by Michael McDermott.

Members of the congregation are kindly requested to remain in their seats until directed to move by the Honorary Stewards.

The bells of the Abbey church are rung.


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