Statement by the Dean of Chichester on the Death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip

9th Apr 2021
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It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

His deep love for Her Majesty The Queen has contributed greatly to her long reign, as he supported her constantly in the many challenges which faced her. His sense of duty was beyond compare. Following his successful career as an Officer in the Royal Navy, he set about his royal duties with energy, flair and determination.  He never lost his sense of curiosity which drove both a thirst for knowledge and an interest in the people he met.

His establishment of the Duke of Edinburgh’s award in 1956 encouraged young people to explore and reach their potential, and his Presidency of the World Wildlife Fund showed an interest in conservation before it became popular.

It is as the Queen’s Consort that he will be most remembered. As her constant companion, support and confidant. His contribution to the flourishing of the monarchy was invaluable.  

In his death the nation has lost a most loyal servant. May he rest in peace.

The Dean of Chichester, The Very Reverend Stephen Waine

Visiting & Services

Chichester Cathedral is open Monday - Saturday, 10.00am - 4.00pm and Sundays 12.00pm - 2.00pm. You are welcome to visit for prayer, reflection or to light a candle.

A service of Choral Evensong will take place on Friday 16th April, 5.30pm. This service will also include prayers for the life of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. . Find out more >>

You are also warmly invited to watch this service live on the Cathedral website - click here

Prayers for His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, will also be said at upcoming services. See our upcoming schedule of services

Online Book of Condolence & Other Resources

Those wishing to pay their respects to His Royal Highness Prince Philip are invited to submit a message to an online book of condolence. Click here to submit your message.

A special Choral Evensong will be broadcast tomorrow (Saturday 10th April) from St Paul's Cathedral at 5.00pm on BBC Radio 3. 

A prayer on the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

God of our lives, we give thanks for the life on Prince Philip, for his love of our country, and for his devotion to duty.

We entrust him now to your love and mercy, through our Redeemer Jesus Christ.


9th Apr 2021
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