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Remembering His Royal Highness Prince Philip

Prince Philip Duke of EdinburghOur Bishops have paid tribute following news of the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Bishop Nicholas says:

"The Duke of Edinburgh lived a long and distinguished life, much of it in the public eye and much of it of public service. He had an enquiring and creative mind and made major contributions in a number of areas including religion and the environment. He has been a huge support to Her Majesty the Queen, the longest reigning monarch in British history. The Royal Family are at the centre of our national life and our sympathy and condolences are with them as they mourn the Duke’'s death. In this Easter season may he rest in the peace of Christ.

"Churches across the diocese will remember the Duke in prayer, particularly on Sunday.
I pray that God will comfort Her Majesty and the rest of the Royal Family at this time.
May His Royal Highness rest in peace and rise in Glory."

Bishop Karen says:

"I offer my prayers for Her Majesty the Queen and members of the Royal Family at this time. The Duke of Edinburgh has exhibited a life marked by commitment and service. His encouragement of young people, love of sport, and interest in developing resources for learning reflect a man of great vision and concern. I give thanks for his life, and mourn his death.

"God grant to the living, grace; to the departed, rest; to the Church, the Queen, the Commonwealth, and all humankind peace and concord."

Bishop Andrew says:

"The death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip is a momentous loss for the royal family, and for our country. He has been a constant, anchoring presence in national life and will be deeply mourned.

"The Duke's character, charity and unfailing support of Her Majesty the Queen have been an enduring gift to the British people, and our churches' prayers give thanks for a life of exemplary service."

The ''Remembering His Royal Highness' page, with option to post condolences, plus all relevant resources, is here.

Following the announcement of the death of His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh, Salisbury Cathedral has entered a period of mourning.
The Cathedral will be open for private prayer and reflection from Sunday 11th April 13:00 - 15:00, and then Monday 12th April, Tuesday 13th April and Friday 16th April from 11:00 - 13:00 and Wednesday 14th April 18:00 - 20:00, when candles may be lit by those wishing to pay their respects. The Cathedral will continue to function as a vaccination centre on other days in the week. Please check the Salisbury Cathedral website for up-to-date information

Covid precautions will be in place and masks must be worn in the Cathedral building.

For those unable to come to the Cathedral there will be alternative places to visit across the Diocese. The Government has advised that physical condolence books should not be offered at this time.

There will also be opportunities to reflect, pray and give thanks for the life of Prince Philip during 'in person' and live streamed worship over the coming days. Booking for 'in person' services is essential due to limited capacity.