Members of the Royal Family celebrated the life and work of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey on Tuesday 29th March 2022.
The service gave thanks for The Duke of Edinburgh’s dedication to family, Nation and Commonwealth, and reflected on the importance of his legacy. The Duke of Edinburgh died on 9th April last year.
HM The Queen, TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and HRH Prince George, HRH The Princess Royal, TRH The Earl and Countess of Wessex, The Duke of York, HRH Princess Beatrice of York, and HRH Princess Eugenie of York were all in attendance.
Also among the congregation were members of overseas Royal Families and Prince Philip’s wider family and friends; Armed Forces Service Chiefs; the British Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, and members of the Cabinet; the First Ministers of Scotland and Wales; and more than 500 representatives of The Duke of Edinburgh’s patronages and charities.
Members of overseas royal families attended
About the service
The service was conducted by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, who said in his Bidding:
‘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.’
The Right Reverend David Conner KCVO, Dean of Windsor, gave the Address.
Readings were given by:
- The Right Honourable the Lord Wallace of Tankerness QC, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
- The Right Reverend and Right Honourable Dame Sarah Mullally DBE, Bishop of London and Dean of Her Majesty’s Chapels Royal
The Most Reverend and the Right Honourable Justin Welby, Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate of All England and Metropolitan, gave the Blessing.
The service was 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.
The organ was played by Peter Holder, Sub-Organist.
The Central Band of the Royal Air Force performed during the service
The Tribute was delivered by Doyin Sonibare, a Gold Award holder from The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
The Address was given by The Right Reverend David Conner, Dean of Windsor.
You can watch the service via the BBC iPlayer (UK only) until March 2023.
The Duke of Edinburgh and the Abbey
The Duke of Edinburgh had a long association with Westminster Abbey.
On 20th November 1947, he married HRH Princess Elizabeth here (she became Queen in 1952), and they celebrated anniversaries including their Silver, Golden and Diamond Wedding anniversaries with services in the Abbey.
In 1956 he set up the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, the 60th anniversary of which was celebrated at a special service in November 2016. He was also President and Chairman of the Westminster Abbey Trust, set up in 1973, to raise funds for the restoration of the exterior of the Abbey.
For many years, His Royal Highness attended the annual Opening of the Field of Remembrance. Organised each year by The Poppy Factory, the Field of Remembrance sees thousands of poppies on wooden crosses and memorials, each representing a serviceman or servicewoman who has died in conflict, planted in the grounds of the Abbey.
He also attended a great many other services and events at the Abbey over the years.