Prince Philip memorial order of service: The music and readings marking Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster AbbeyThe service will be conducted by the Dean of Westminster with singing from the choirs of Westminster Abbey and Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal, St James’ Palace
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A royal enthusiast, dressed in a Union Jack flag suit, holds a bag with Queen Elizabeth’s portrait before the service of thanksgiving for late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, outside Westminster Abbey, in London, Britain, March 29, 2022. REUTERS/Tom Nicholson
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The Queen and other senior members of the Royal Family will attend a memorial service for the Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey today.
It will be the first public event the Queen has attended outside of her residences this year, as she has been struggling with mobility issues.
The service comes days ahead of the first anniversary of Prince Philip’s death on 9 April 2021.
The Royal Family and Westminster Abbey have released the order of service for the event, which will incorporate several aspects that were planned for Philip’s funeral last year but had to be scrapped due to Covid restrictions.
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What time is Prince Philip’s memorial service today?
The memorial service will start at 11.30am on Tuesday 29 March.
It is being shown live on TV on BBC One from 10.30am to 12.15pm, with the coverage presented by Huw Edwards. You’ll be able to watch an online stream via BBC iPlayer here.
What is the order of service?
The service will be conducted by the Dean of Westminster, Reverend Dr David Hoyle, and will be sung by the choirs of Westminster Abbey and Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal, St James’ Palace.
Guests will be welcomed into the abbey by music. An organist will play “Andante Cantabile” from Charles-Marie Widor’s “Symphony No 3”, followed by Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Bist Du Bei Mir” and “Salix” from Percy Whitlock’s “Plymouth Suite”.
Then the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth will play “Prelude” from Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “49th Parallel”, “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral” from Richard Wagner’s “Lohengrin”, Jan Van der Roost’s “Canterbury Chorale”, Eric Whitacre’s “Lux Arumque”, “Men of Honour Part II” by Thomas Bergerson and “Pacific” by Blake Neely and Hans Zimmer.
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The front cover of the order of service for the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service (Photo: PA)
The organist will then play “Shepherd’s Song” from Beethoven’s sixth symphony and “Benedictus” from Charles Villiers Stanford’s “Sonata Britannica” as the final guests, including the Queen, take their seats.
The service will begin with a singing of “He Who Would Valiant Be”, before the Dean of Westminster gives the bidding and leads the Lord’s Prayer.
This will be succeeded by the following readings and hymns:
Doyin Sonibare, a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award holder, gives a tribute
Lord Wallace of Tankerness reads from Isaiah 40: 25-31
Choir sings “Collect for Holy Communion” by William Byrd
Dame Sarah Mullally, Dean of Her Majesty’s Chapels Royal, reads from Philippians 4: 4-9
Congregation sings “Lasst Uns Erfreuen” by St Francis of Assisi, translated by William Draper
Dean of Windsor Reverend David Connor gives the address
Choir sings “Canticle to Morning Prayer” to Benjamin Britten’s “Te Deum in C”
Reverend Mark Birch introduces the prayers
Reading by Reverend Kenneth MacKenzie
Reading by Reverend Canon Jonathan Riviere
Reading by Reverend Canon Martin Poll
Reading by Reverend Canon Paul Wright
Reading by Reverend Dr James Hawkey
Congregation sings “Cwm Rhondda (Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer)” by William Williams
Lord Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby gives the blessing
Congregation sings the national anthem
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