His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Edinburgh (photo: Press Association)

We join with the whole nation and friends across the world in expressing our sorrow at the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip. Amidst the pain and grief, we also give prayers of thanksgiving for his life, and for his service to our nation.

Statement from Bishop Christine:

"The Duke of Edinburgh's devotion and steadfast support of the Queen is one of the greatest love stories of our time. By her side, he served our nation with dedication and deep loyalty. His commitment to duty, together with his lively wit and down to earth approach, have been part of the life of our nation for nearly seventy years. I pray today with gratitude for his life, for Her Majesty and the Royal Family in their loss, and for all who mourn."

Life of HRH Prince Philip

HRH Prince Philip was born into the Greece and Danish royal families, on June 10th, 1921. After being exiled from Greece as a young child, Philip grew up in France, Germany and the UK, and joined the Royal Navy in 1939, serving in the Mediterranean and Pacific fleets during the Second World War. In 1947 he abandoned his Greek and Danish royal titles, and took the name Mountbatten from his maternal grandparents. He married Elizabeth on 20th November 1947, and was given the title Duke of Edinburgh. He left active military service when Elizabeth became HRH Queen Elizabeth II, and was later endowed with the title HRH Prince Philip.

He retired from royal duties in 2017, having completed over 20,000 solo engagements. During his long service as consort to the Queen he became patron, president, or otherwise connected, to over 800 organisations. His award scheme has inspired millions of young people across the world to serve their communities, and to develop their learning outside the classroom.

Funeral liturgy and official statements can be found on the Church of England website.

Sign the online book of condolence for the Duke of Edinburgh here.

What Happens When?

Guidance for parish churches following the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh

General commemorative guidance for churches is here. This includes guidance on when to hold services, when to ring the church bells and how to position your church flag.

Resources have also been added to ‘A Church Near You’ – including a QR code for churches to use to direct people to the Church of England's Online Book of Condolence. This content can be found in the Resource Hub, under Digital Downloads, and is available to users with ‘editor’ status. Please note that if you use the image of Prince Philip, the Press Association must be credited.

Books of Condolence

The Church of England has opened an online book of condolence.
Read information about how to sign it here.

The Government has advised that in order to observe current Covid-19 precautions, physical condolence books should not be offered at this time.

A prayer to use in churches is here

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