Full Order of Service for Duke's funeral

The full Order of Service for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral was made available to the public ahead of the Windsor ceremony.

The service, which begins on Saturday at 3 p.m., is preceded by a minute’s silence.

Members of the royal family and members of the Duke of Edinburgh’s family will arrive at St. George’s Chapel to music with pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach and Sir William Harris.

The Order of Service then specifies the exact running order and who says what.

It is published in full below:

St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle

Funeral of HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh

Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 3 p.m.

During the service, a choir of four singers (three of whom are lay scribes of St. George’s Chapel Choir) will be conducted by James Vivian and the organ will be played by Luke Bond.

Music before the service

  • Adorn yourself, o dear soul BWV 654 – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
  • Adagio espressivo (Sonata in A minor) – Sir William Harris (1883–1973)
  • Salix (The Plymouth Suite) – Percy Whitlock (1903-1946)
  • Berceuse (op. 31 No. 19) – Louis Vierne (1870–1937)
  • Rhosymedre (Three Preludes, based on Welsh Hymn Tunes) – Ralph Vaughan Williams – (1872-1958)

The service is led by Right Reverend David Conner, KCVO, Dean of Windsor.

The blessing is given by the most venerable and righteous Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.

Members of the royal family and members of the Duke of Edinburgh’s family arrive on the porch in Galilee and are escorted to the dean’s monastery.

Members of the royal family and members of the Duke of Edinburgh’s family are led from the dean’s cloister to the porch in Galilee to watch the procession and await the arrival of Her Majesty the Queen.

The Queen is received on the porch in Galilee by the Dean of Windsor, who leads Her Majesty, members of the Royal Family and members of the Duke of Edinburgh’s family who saw the procession to their places in the Quire.

Order the service

All are standing. The coffin is removed from the Land Rover and taken to the west steps, where it rests at 3 p.m. for the one-minute national silence.

The coffin is then taken to the Catafalque in the Quire.

Members of the royal family who have walked in procession are shown to their places in the Quire.

The choir is now singing.

The sentences

I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord. Whoever believes in me even though he is dead will live. And whoever lives and believes in me will never die.

John 11. 25-26

I know that my Redeemer lives and that on the last day he will stand on earth. And although my skin worms destroy this body, I will still see God in my flesh: Whom I will see for myself and my eyes will see, and not someone else.

Job 19.25-27

We did not bring anything into this world and it is certain that we cannot do anything.

The Lord gave and the Lord took away; Praised be the name of the Lord.

1. Timothy 6. 7, Job 1. 21

William Croft (1678-1727)

An online book of condolence has been published enabling people to safely show their respect for the Duke of Edinburgh to the Duke of Edinburgh.

As part of government policy, traditional condolence books will not be available in public buildings for people to personally sign.

The official “Guide to Time for National Mourning” also urges the public not to place flowers or other memorabilia such as candles, messages and memorabilia in royal residences or other public spaces.

People are also asked not to visit the Royal Residences or to gather in public at this time and continue to obey all regulations.

However, the website is www.princephilipcondolences.co.uk enables members of the public to pay their respects to Prince Philip in a Covid-compliant manner.

Everyone stops. Have the Dean of Windsor say:

The offer

We are here today at St. George’s Chapel to place the soul of his servant Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in the hands of God. We remember with grateful hearts the many ways in which his long life has been a blessing to us. We were inspired by his unwavering loyalty to our Queen, by his service to the nation and the Commonwealth, by his courage, steadfastness and faith. Our lives have been enriched by the challenges he has given us, the encouragement he has given us, his kindness, humor and humanity. We pray, therefore, that God will give us the grace to follow His example and that, with our brother Philip, we will finally know the joys of eternal life.

Everyone is seated. The choir sings

Eternal father, strong to save,

Whose arm binds the restless wave,

Who offers the mighty ocean deep

Keeping your own set limits;

O hear us when we cry to you

For those in danger at sea.

O Savior, whose almighty word

The winds and waves heard submissively,

Who walked on the foaming depth,

And rest in the midst of his anger did not sleep:

O hear us when we cry to you

For those in danger at sea.

O holy spirit that brooded

To the chaos dark and rude,

Who is bad against his angry turmoil?

And gave light and life and peace:

O hear us when we cry to you

For those in danger at sea.

O trinity of love and power,

Our brothers protect in the hour of danger;

Of rock and storm, fire and enemy,

Protect them wherever they go:

And always let yourself be lifted up to you

Happy hymns of praise from land and sea.

Melita by J. B. Dykes (1823–76) William Whiting (1825–78)

Arranged by James Vivian (* 1974) 5

Everyone stays seated.

Prince Philip's funeral takes place at Windsor Castle

The first hour

Ecclesiasticus 43. 11-26

Read by the Dean of Windsor

Look at the rainbow and praise its creator. it shines in the greatest beauty and rounds off the sky with its shining arch, an arch that is bent by the hands of the Most High. His command speeds up the blizzard and sends rapid lightning to carry out his sentence. To this end, the warehouses are opened and the clouds fly out like birds.

Due to its mighty power, the clouds are piled up and the hailstones are broken into small pieces. The crack of its thunder makes the earth twist and when it appears, an earthquake shakes the hills. The south wind, the storm from the north and the hurricane blow at his will.

He scatters the snowflakes like birds getting out; They settle down like a swarm of locusts. The eye is blinded by their beautiful whites, and when they fall the mind is bewitched. It spreads frost on the earth like salt, and icicles form like pointed stakes. A cold explosion from the north, and ice grows hard on the water and settles on each pool as if the water were wearing a breastplate.

It consumes the hills, scorches the wilderness, and withers the grass like fire. Cloudy weather quickly fixes everything, and dew brings welcome relief after the heat. By the power of his thinking he tamed the deep and planted it with islands. Those who sail the sea tell stories of its dangers that astonish all who hear them. Inside there are strange and wonderful creatures, all kinds of living things and huge sea monsters. By his own action he reaches his end and by his word all things are held together.

Everyone remains seated while the choir sings

The anniversary

O rejoice in the Lord, all countries;

Serve the Lord with joy.

and come before his presence with a song.

Be sure that the Lord is God:

He made us and not ourselves.

We are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

O go your way into its gates with thanksgiving,

and with praise in his courtyards:

Be grateful to him and speak well of his name.

For the Lord is gracious, his mercy is eternal:

and its truth persists from generation to generation.

Glory be to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning, it is now and always will be: a world without end. Amen.

Benjamin Britten (1913–76), in C.

Written for St. George’s Chapel in Windsor at the request of the Duke of Edinburgh

Everyone stays seated.

The second lesson

John 11. 21-27 read by the Archbishop of Canterbury

Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here my brother would not have died. And even now I know that God will give you anything you ask God to do. ”

Jesus said to her: Your brother will be resurrected. Martha said to him: “I know that on the last day he will rise again in the resurrection.” Jesus said to her: I am the resurrection and the life; Whoever believes in me even though he dies will still live, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you think the? “She said to him:” Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who comes into the world. “

Everyone remains seated while the choir sings

Psalm 104

The Duke of Edinburgh requested that Psalm 104 be set to music by William Lovelady.

Originally composed as a cantata in three movements, it was first sung in honor of His Royal Highness’ 75th birthday.

My soul praises the Lord of Heaven.

Dressed in majesty and honor;

The earth that he made will not be moved.

He made the seas his robe. Praise.

The water rises above the highest mountain

And flow down to the valleys and lines;

Wild donkeys quench their thirst at the springs,

And birds make nests in the middle of the trees.

The trees that the Lord made are full of power.

The fir tree is a home for storks;

Wild goats find refuge in the hills,

The Conies protect themselves from enemies in the rocks.

My soul praises the Lord of Heaven.

Dressed in majesty and honor;

The earth that he made will not be moved.

He made the seas his robe. Giving praise 7

O Lord, how diverse is your creation

All things in wisdom that you provide;

You give your wealth to the earth

And so big and far to the sea.

You take the breath of your creatures and life is over

Your breath runs out and life begins;

Your hand renews the face of the earth

I will sing your praises all my life.

My soul praises the Lord of Heaven.

Dressed in majesty and honor;

The earth that he made will not be moved.

He made the seas his robe. Praise.

William Lovelady (* 1945) was shortened by James Vivian (* 1974) with the composer’s permission and arranged for choir and organ. Words from Psalm 104, adapted by Sam Dyer (* 1945)

The choir sings:

Prince Charles and Prince Philip in RAF uniform 1971
royal air force

The little litany

Let’s pray

Everyone is sitting or kneeling.

Lord have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord have mercy on us.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, art in heaven,

Hallowed be your name;

Your kingdom come;

Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts

How we forgive those who offend us.

And lead us not into temptation;

But deliver us from evil. Amen.

The answers

Do not go to judgment with your servant, O Lord.

Because no living person should be justified before your eyes.

Grant him eternal rest.

And let the light always shine on him.

We truly believe we see the goodness of the Lord.

In the land of the living.

O Lord, hear our prayer.

And let our scream come to you.

William Smith (1603–45), adapted from Roger Judd, MVO (born 1944)

The Lord’s Prayer, music by Robert Stone (1516–1613) from John Days Certaine Notes 1565


Have the Dean of Windsor say:

O merciful God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is resurrection and life; Whoever believes in will live although he dies; and whoever lives and believes in him will not die forever; who also taught us from his holy apostle, Saint Paul, that as people without hope, not to pity those who sleep in him: We gently ask you, O Father, that we will rest in him when we leave this life, as is our hope, so does our brother; and that at the general resurrection on the last day we can be found acceptable in your eyes; and receive this blessing, which your beloved Son will then utter to all who love and fear you, saying: Come, you blessed children of my Father! Accept the kingdom prepared for you from the beginning. Grant this, we ask you, O merciful Father, through Jesus Christ, our Mediator and Redeemer. Amen.

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The prayers

The Archbishop of Canterbury is to say:

O eternal God, before whose face the generations rise and pass away, unchangeable, abiding, we bless your holy name for all who have completed their earthly journey in your faith and in their discipleship and are now at rest; We remember that day before you, when Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, thanked you – for his determined faith and loyalty, for his high sense of duty and integrity, for his life in the service of the nation and the Commonwealth, and for his courage and the inspiration of his leadership.

Grant him peace with all departed believers. Let the eternal light shine on them; and in your loving wisdom and almighty power the good purpose of your perfect will works in them; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Dean of Windsor, Register of the Most Noble Order of Garter, says:

O Lord, who gave your servant, Saint George, the grace to put aside the fear of man and be faithful to death;

Grant that, regardless of worldly honor, we can fight injustice, maintain your rule, and serve you until the end of our lives. through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

God protect our gracious sovereign and all living and deceased companions of the most honorable and noble order of the garter belt. Amen.

O God of spirits of all flesh, we praise your holy name for your servant Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who has left us a fine pattern of valiant and true knighthood. Give him the assurance of your old promise that you will ever be with those who go down to sea in ships and do their business in great waters. And we ask you that, following his good example and strengthened by his fellowship, we can finally be part of your heavenly kingdom with him; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Archbishop of Canterbury is to say:

O Lord God, when you give your servants a great cause to undertake, also let us know that it is not the beginning, but the continuation of it until the end until it is thoroughly finished, which gives true glory; through him who laid down his life for the completion of your work, our Redeemer,

Jesus Christ. Amen.

Almighty God, Father of all mercy and of all consolers: we ask you to be gracious to those who mourn; In order for them to cast every worry on you, they can see the comfort of your love. through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 10

Everyone is seated while the choir sings.

The hymn

Give rest to your servant with your holy ones, O Christ, where sorrow and sorrow are no more; neither sighing nor eternal life.

You are only immortal, the creator and creator of man:

And we are mortal, formed from the earth, and to earth we will return.

Because that’s how you determined when you created me and said:

You are dust, and you shall return to dust.

Everything we go in the dust; and weeping over the grave

We make our song: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

Russian contact of the deceased

Translated by William John Birkbeck (1859–1916)

Kiev melody, arranged by Sir Walter Parratt, KCVO (1841–1924)

All are standing.

As the coffin is lowered into the royal vault, the Dean of Windsor is said to say:

The commendation

Go on your journey from this world, oh Christian soul.

In the name of God the Almighty Father who created you;

In the name of Jesus Christ who suffered for you;

In the name of the Holy Spirit who strengthens you;

May your part be at peace that day

and your dwelling in the heavenly Jerusalem. Amen.

Everyone stops. Garter proclaimed chief king of arms:


So it pleased Almighty God to take out of this fleeting life the most famous and exalted Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich, Knight of the noblest Order of the Garter, Knight of, to his Divine Mercy, the eldest and noblest Order of Thistle, Member of the Order of Merit, Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order to which the Royal Victorian Chain was bestowed, Grand Master and Knight Grand Cross of the most distinguished Order of the British Empire, Lord High Admiral of the United Kingdom, one of Her Majesty’s most honorable Privy Councilors, Admiral of the Fleet, Field Marshal of the Army and Marshal of the Royal Air Force, Husband of Her Best Majesty Elizabeth the Second by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and her other kingdoms and territories, Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, Sovereign of noblest Order of the Garter, Whom may God preserve and bless with long life, health and honor and all worldly happiness.

Then the Pipe Major of the Royal Regiment of Scotland plays:

A lawsuit

The Royal Marines Buglers sound:

The last post

After a period of silence, the state trumpeters of the household cavalry sound

Wake up

The Buglers of the Royal Marines sound

Action stations

Then the Archbishop of Canterbury pronounces

The blessing

Everyone stops while the choir sings

The National anthem

God save our gracious queen,

Long live our noble queen

God Save the Queen!

Send them victorious,

Happy and glorious

Long to rule over us

God Save the Queen!

All stand in their places as Her Majesty the Queen, members of the Royal Family and members of the Duke of Edinburgh’s family exit the chapel via the Galilee Porch, accompanied by the Dean of Windsor and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Music after the service

Luke Bond, assistant music director of St. George’s Chapel, will play

Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BWV 546

Johann Sebastian Bach


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