Prince Philip‘s ‘unwavering loyalty’ to the Queen and his ‘braveness, fortitude and religion’ will likely be put on the coronary heart of his funeral service later immediately.

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A lowered group of 30 associates and royal members of the family are set to assemble at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Fortress this afternoon to mark the loss of life of the long-standing royal, on the age of 99.  

Forward of the 3pm funeral, an order of service, crafted personally by Prince Philip, has been launched. 

It units out the main points of the 50-minute service, which is able to embody hymns and readings chosen by the Duke. There can even be a full nod to the Prince’s naval heritage.

Philip was carefully related to the Navy for greater than 80 years, having enrolled at Britannia Royal Naval Faculty in Dartmouth aged 17. 

He served at sea in the course of the Second World Battle – incomes a point out in despatches for his bravery – and later held quite a few honorary ranks.

Belief Philip to do his personal flypast! Hovering solo over the very spot he will likely be laid to relaxation, how the Duke of Edinburgh would really wish to be remembered 

Hovering over Windsor Castle, that is the Duke of Edinburgh performing his personal flypast of the mighty royal fortress.

The {photograph} exhibits Philip, then 31, flying solo on the day he was introduced together with his RAF wings almost seven many years in the past.

He started flying classes in November 1952 and made his first solo flight in December that yr.

Soaring over Windsor Castle, this is the Duke of Edinburgh performing his own flypast of the mighty royal fortress (pictured)

Hovering over Windsor Fortress, that is the Duke of Edinburgh performing his personal flypast of the mighty royal fortress (pictured)

The {photograph} of him above Windsor in a Harvard Superior Coach, an American plane, was taken on Could 4, 1953, by his teacher Flight Lieutenant Caryl Ramsay Gordon.

The 5 stars on the fuselage signified his rank of Marshal of the Royal Air Power, to which he had been appointed that yr.

He made three solo circuits and landings at White Waltham airfield in Berkshire, about 9 miles from Windsor, that day, which was a month earlier than the Queen’s coronation.

He then returned to Buckingham Palace, the place he was awarded his wings by then Chief of the Air Workers Air Chief Marshal Sir William Dickson.

An RAF inspecting unit described his flying as ‘considerate with a way of security and airmanship above common’.

The image, initially black and white, is retouched in color right here.

It has been shared on the Royal Household’s official Twitter web page in its unique format with the caption: ‘He gained his RAF wings in 1953, his helicopter wings in 1956 and his non-public pilot’s licence in 1959.’

 

Among the many hymns would be the well-known Victorian hymn Everlasting Father, Sturdy To Save – a non secular track generally generally known as the hymn for the Royal Navy. 

It is going to be sung by a choir of simply 4 at St George’s Chapel on account of Covid laws.

The hymn is strongly related to the Navy within the UK, however can also be widespread with the naval traditions of nations just like the US and France.

The primary verse of the hymn paints a dramatic image of divine assist wanted for many who discover themselves in bother on the waters.

The stirring lyrics and music had been written by two English ministers – William Whiting offering the phrases and John B Dykes composing the music.

Philip, a guiding power behind the preparations for his funeral, additionally picked a variety of music from Johann Sebastian Bach to Ralph Vaughan Williams.

The Jubilate in C was written by Benjamin Britten on the duke’s request round 1961 and has gone on to grow to be a staple in cathedrals and church buildings throughout the nation.

Funeral company can even hear the choir sing Psalm 104 which was set to music by guitarist and composer William Lovelady.

Initially composed as a cantata in three actions, it was first sung in honour of the duke’s seventy fifth birthday in 1996.

Earlier than the service, a number of music chosen by the duke will likely be performed – Sir William Harris’s Adagio Espressivo (Sonata in A minor), Percy Whitlock’s Salix (The Plymouth Suite) and Berceuse (Op 31 No. 19) by Louis Vierne.

Bach’s choral prelude Schmucke Dich, O Liebe Seele (Adorn Your self, O Expensive Soul) BWV 654 can even be carried out together with Vaughan Williams’ Rhosymedre.

The small choir of 4 will likely be performed by the St George’s Chapel director of music James Vivian and the organ will likely be performed by Luke Bond.

After the duke’s coffin is lowered into the royal vault a Lament will likely be performed by a Pipe Main from the Royal Regiment of Scotland. The duke was Royal Colonel of the Highlanders, 4th Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

The Final Put up will likely be sounded by buglers of the Royal Marines and, after a interval of silence, the Reveille will likely be performed by the State Trumpeters of the Family Cavalry.

Philip served as Captain Common of the Royal Marines for greater than six many years and on the finish of the service the buglers will sound ‘Motion Stations’.

It’s performed on a warship to sign all palms ought to go to battle stations and is typically featured at funerals of naval males.

Because the service attracts to a detailed the Archbishop of Canterbury will pronounce the Blessing and the Nationwide Anthem will likely be sung by simply the choir.

And, in accordance with the Duke’s needs, the service won’t include a sermon nor a eulogy. It would additionally not be a state funeral – one other request made by Prince Philip previous to his loss of life.  

The service will likely be performed by David Conner, the Dean of Windsor, who in the course of the proceedings will reward Philip’s ‘kindness, humour and humanity’. 

In the course of the service, he’ll say: ‘We’ve been impressed by his unwavering loyalty to our Queen, by his service to the Nation and the Commonwealth, by his braveness, fortitude and religion.

‘Our lives have been enriched by way of the challenges that he has set us, the encouragement that he has given us, his kindness, humour and humanity.’

Right here, forward of the funeral, is the order of service in full, as set out by Buckingham Palace

Prince Philip's (pictured: Prince Philip at St George's Chapel during an interview with Robert Hardman) in 'unwavering loyalty' to the Queen and his 'courage, fortitude and faith' will be put at the heart of his funeral service later today

Prince Philip’s (pictured: Prince Philip at St George’s Chapel throughout an interview with Robert Hardman) in ‘unwavering loyalty’ to the Queen and his ‘braveness, fortitude and religion’ will likely be put on the coronary heart of his funeral service later immediately

Philip Mountbatten and the then Princess Elizabeth Windsor on their wedding day in November 1947. She would become Queen six years later in June 1953

Philip Mountbatten and the then Princess Elizabeth Windsor on their wedding ceremony day in November 1947. She would grow to be Queen six years later in June 1953

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip together during the Golden Jubilee Celebrations for Her Majesty in June 2002

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip collectively in the course of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations for Her Majesty in June 2002

Flowers outside St George's Chapel, at Windsor Castle, Berkshire, following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh at the age of 99

Flowers exterior St George’s Chapel, at Windsor Fortress, Berkshire, following the loss of life of the Duke of Edinburgh on the age of 99

ORDER OF SERVICE

All stand. The coffin is faraway from the Land Rover and is carried to the West Steps, the place it rests at 3pm for the one-minute Nationwide Silence.

The coffin is then carried to the catafalque within the Quire.

Members of the Royal Household who’ve walked within the procession are performed to their locations within the Quire.

In the meantime, the choir sings:

THE SENTENCES

I’m the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord: he that believeth in me, although he had been useless, but shall he dwell: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall by no means die.

John 11. 25-26

I do know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand on the latter day upon the earth: and although after my pores and skin worms destroy this physique, but in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and never one other.

Job 19. 25-27

We introduced nothing into this world, and it’s sure we are able to carry nothing out. The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the title of the Lord.

1 Timothy 6. 7, Job 1. 21

William Croft (1678–1727)

All stay standing. The Dean of Windsor shall say:

THE BIDDING

The music earlier than the service 

In the course of the service, a choir of 4 singers (three of whom are Lay Clerks of St George’s Chapel Choir) will likely be performed by James Vivian and the organ will likely be performed by Luke Bond.

Music earlier than the service

Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele 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)

We’re right here immediately in St George’s Chapel to commit into the palms of God the soul of his servant Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. With grateful hearts, we keep in mind the numerous methods during which his lengthy life has been a blessing to us. We’ve been impressed by his unwavering loyalty to our Queen, by his service to the Nation and the Commonwealth, by his braveness, fortitude and religion. Our lives have been enriched by way of the challenges that he has set us, the encouragement that he has given us, his kindness, humour and humanity. We due to this fact pray that God will give us grace to comply with his instance, and that, with our brother Philip, on the final, we will know the fun of life everlasting.

All sit. The choir sings:

Everlasting Father, robust to save lots of,

Whose arm doth bind the stressed wave,

Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep

Its personal appointed limits preserve;

O hear us once we cry to thee

For these in peril on the ocean.

O Saviour, whose almighty phrase

The winds and waves submissive heard,

Who walkedst on the foaming deep,

And calm amid its rage didst sleep:

O hear us once we cry to thee

For these in peril on the ocean.

O sacred Spirit, who didst brood

Upon the chaos darkish and impolite,

Who dangerous’st its offended tumult stop,

And gavest mild and life and peace:

O hear us once we cry to thee

For these in peril on the ocean.

O Trinity of affection and energy,

Our brethren defend in peril’s hour;

From rock and tempest, hearth and foe,

Defend them whereso’er they go:

And ever let there rise to thee

Glad hymns of reward from land and sea.

William Whiting (1825–78)

Melita by JB Dykes (1823–76)

Organized by James Vivian (b 1974)

All stay seated.

THE FIRST LESSON

Ecclesiasticus 43. 11–26

Learn by the Dean of Windsor

Have a look at the rainbow and reward its Maker; it shines with a supreme magnificence, rounding the sky with its gleaming arc, a bow bent by the palms of the Most Excessive. His command speeds the snow storm and sends the swift lightning to execute his sentence. To that finish the storehouses are opened, and the clouds fly out like birds. By his mighty energy the clouds are piled up and the hailstones damaged small. The crash of his thunder makes the earth writhe, and, when he seems, an earthquake shakes the hills. At his will the south wind blows, the squall from the north and the hurricane. He scatters the snow-flakes like birds alighting; they settle like a swarm of locusts. The attention is dazzled by their lovely whiteness, and as they fall the thoughts is entranced. He spreads frost on the earth like salt, and icicles type like pointed stakes. A chilly blast from the north, and ice grows exhausting on the water, deciding on each pool, as if the water had been placing on a breastplate. He consumes the hills, scorches the wilderness, and withers the grass like hearth. Cloudy climate shortly places all to rights, and dew brings welcome reduction after warmth. By the facility of his thought he tamed the deep and planted it with islands. Those that sail the ocean inform tales of its risks, which astonish all who hear them; in it are unusual and fantastic creatures, all types of dwelling issues and big sea-monsters. By his personal motion he achieves his finish, and by his phrase all issues are held collectively.

All stay seated because the choir sings:

THE JUBILATE

O be joyful within the Lord, all ye lands:

serve the Lord with gladness,

and are available earlier than his presence with a track.

Be ye positive that the Lord he’s God:

it’s he that hath made us, and never we ourselves;

we’re his individuals, and the sheep of his pasture.

O go your means into his gates with thanksgiving,

and into his courts with reward:

be grateful unto him, and communicate good of his Identify.

For the Lord is gracious, his mercy is eternal:

and his reality endureth from era to era.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost;

Because it was at first, is now, and ever shall be:

world with out finish. Amen.

Benjamin Britten (1913–76), in C

Written for St George’s Chapel, Windsor on the request of The Duke of Edinburgh

All stay seated.

THE SECOND LESSON

John 11. 21–27

Learn by the Archbishop of Canterbury

Martha stated to Jesus, ‘Lord, if you happen to had been right here, my brother wouldn’t have died. And even now I do know that no matter you ask from God, God provides you with.’ Jesus stated to her, ‘Your brother will rise once more.’ Martha stated to him, ‘I do know that he’ll rise once more within the resurrection on the final day.’ Jesus stated to her, ‘I’m the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, although he die, but shall he dwell, and whoever lives and believes in me shall by no means die. Do you imagine this?’ She stated to him, ‘Sure, Lord; I imagine that you’re the Christ, the Son of God, he who’s coming into the world.’

All stay seated because the choir sings:

Psalm 104

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

Initially composed as a cantata in three actions, it was first sung in honour of His Royal Highness’s seventy fifth Birthday.

My soul give reward unto the Lord of heaven,

In majesty and honour clothed;

The earth he made won’t be moved,

The seas he made to be its gown. Give reward.

The waters rise above the best mountain,

And circulate right down to the vales and leas;

At springs, wild asses quench their thirst,

And birds make nest amid the timber.

The timber the Lord has made are stuffed with vigour,

The fir tree is a house for storks;

Wild goats discover refuge within the hills,

From foes the conies shelter within the rocks.

My soul give reward unto the Lord of heaven,

In majesty and honour clothed;

The earth he made won’t be moved,

The seas he made to be its gown. Give reward.

O Lord, how manifold is your creation,

All issues in knowledge you present;

You give your riches to the earth,

And to the ocean so nice and huge.

You’re taking your creatures’ breath and life is ended,

Your breath goes forth and life begins;

Your hand renews the face of earth,

Your reward my entire life I’ll sing.

My soul give reward unto the Lord of heaven,

In majesty and honour clothed;

The earth he made won’t be moved,

The seas he made to be its gown. Give reward.

Phrases from Psalm 104, tailored by Sam Dyer (b 1945)

William Lovelady (b 1945), abridged and organized for choir and organ by James Vivian (b 1974) with the composer’s permission

The choir sings:

THE LESSER LITANY

Allow us to pray.

All sit or kneel.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

Christ, have mercy upon us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father, which artwork in heaven,

Hallowed be thy Identify;

Thy kingdom come;

Thy will likely be performed in earth as it’s in heaven.

Give us today our every day bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive them that trespass towards us.

And lead us not into temptation;

However ship us from evil. Amen.

THE RESPONSES

Enter not into judgement with thy servant, O Lord.

For in thy sight shall no man dwelling be justified.

Grant unto him everlasting relaxation.

And let mild perpetual shine upon him.

We imagine verily to see the goodness of the Lord.

Within the land of the dwelling.

O Lord, hear our prayer.

And let our cry come unto thee.

William Smith (1603-45), tailored by Roger Judd, MVO (b 1944)

The Lord’s Prayer, Music by Robert Stone (1516-1613) from John Day’s Certaine Notes 1565

THE COLLECT

The Dean of Windsor shall say:

O merciful God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who’s the resurrection and the life; in whom whosoever believeth shall dwell, although he die; and whosoever liveth, and believeth in him, shall not die eternally; who additionally hath taught us by his Holy Apostle Saint Paul, to not be sorry, as males with out hope, for them that sleep in him: We meekly beseech thee, O Father that, when we will depart this life, we might relaxation in him, as our hope is that this our brother doth; and that, on the common resurrection within the final day, we could also be discovered acceptable in thy sight; and obtain that blessing, which thy well-beloved Son shall then pronounce to all that love and concern thee, saying, Come ye blessed kids of my Father; obtain the dominion ready for you from the start of the world. Grant this we beseech thee, O merciful Father by way of Jesus Christ, our Mediator and Redeemer. Amen.

THE PRAYERS

The Archbishop of Canterbury shall say:

O everlasting God, earlier than whose face the generations rise and go away, thyself unchanged, abiding, we bless thy holy title for all who’ve accomplished their earthly course in thy religion and following, and at the moment are at relaxation; we keep in mind earlier than thee today Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, rendering thanks unto thee – for his resolute religion and loyalty, for his excessive sense of obligation and integrity, for his lifetime of service to the Nation and Commonwealth, and for the braveness and inspiration of his management. To him, with all of the devoted departed, grant thy peace; let mild perpetual shine upon them; and in thy loving knowledge and almighty energy work in them the great goal of thy good will; by way of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

O Lord, who didst give to thy servant Saint George grace to put apart the concern of man, and to be devoted even unto loss of life: Grant that we, unmindful of worldly honour, might battle the mistaken, uphold thy rule, and serve thee to our lives’ finish; by way of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

God save our gracious Sovereign and all of the Companions, dwelling and departed, of the Most Honourable and Noble Order of The Garter. Amen.

O God of the spirits of all flesh, we reward thy holy title for thy servant Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who has left us a good sample of valiant and true knighthood; grant unto him the peace of mind of thine historic promise that thou wilt ever be with those that go right down to the ocean in ships and occupy their enterprise in nice waters. And we beseech thee that, following his good instance and strengthened by his fellowship, we might on the final, along with him, be partakers of thy heavenly kingdom; by way of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Archbishop of Canterbury shall say:

O Lord God, when thou givest to thy servants to endeavour any nice matter, grant us additionally to know that it’s not the start, however the persevering with of the identical unto the top, till it’s totally completed, which yieldeth the true glory; by way of him, who for the ending of thy work laid down his life, our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Almighty God, Father of all mercies and giver of all consolation: Deal graciously, we pray thee, with those that mourn; that casting each care on thee they might know the comfort of thy love; by way of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

All sit because the choir sings:

THE ANTHEM

Give relaxation, O Christ, to thy servant with thy Saints:

the place sorrow and ache are not any extra;

neither sighing, however life eternal.

Thou solely artwork immortal, the Creator and Maker of man:

And we’re mortal, shaped of the earth, and unto earth we could return.

For thus thou didst ordain, when thou createdest me, saying,

Mud thou artwork, and unto mud shalt thou return.

All we go right down to the mud; and, weeping, o’er the grave,

we make our track: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

Russian Kontakion of the Departed

Translated William John Birkbeck (1859–1916)

Kiev Melody, organized by Sir Walter Parratt, KCVO (1841–1924)

All stand.

Because the coffin is lowered into the Royal Vault, the Dean of Windsor shall say:

THE COMMENDATION

Go forth upon thy journey from this world, O Christian soul,

Within the title of God the Father Almighty who created thee;

Within the title of Jesus Christ who suffered for thee;

Within the title of the Holy Spirit who strengtheneth thee;

Could thy portion today be in peace,

and thy dwelling within the heavenly Jerusalem. Amen.

All stay standing. Garter Principal King of Arms proclaims:

THE STYLES AND TITLES OF HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE PHILIP, DUKE OF EDINBURGH

Thus it hath happy Almighty God to take out of this transitory life unto his divine mercy the late most Illustrious and most Exalted Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich, Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Knight of the Most Historical and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, Member of the Order of Advantage, Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order upon whom had been conferred the Royal Victorian Chain, Grand Grasp and Knight Grand Cross of the Most Glorious Order of the British Empire, Lord Excessive Admiral of the UK, One in all Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council, Admiral of the Fleet, Subject Marshal within the Military and Marshal of the Royal Air Power, Husband of Her Most Glorious Majesty Elizabeth the Second by the Grace of God of the UK of Nice Britain and Northern Eire and of Her different Realms and Territories, Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Religion, Sovereign of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, whom might God protect and bless with lengthy life, well being and honour and all worldly happiness.

Thereafter, the Pipe Main of The Royal Regiment of Scotland performs:

A LAMENT

The Buglers of the Royal Marines sound.

THE LAST POST

After a interval of silence the State Trumpeters of the Family Cavalry sound.

REVEILLE

The Buglers of the Royal Marines sound.

ACTION STATIONS

Then the Archbishop of Canterbury pronounces:

THE BLESSING

All stay standing because the choir sings:

THE NATIONAL ANTHEM

God save our gracious Queen,

Lengthy dwell our noble Queen,

God save The Queen!

Ship her victorious,

Completely happy and superb,

Lengthy to reign over us,

God save The Queen!

All stay standing of their locations as Her Majesty The Queen, members of the Royal Household and members of the Duke of Edinburgh’s household go away the Chapel by way of the Galilee Porch escorted by the Dean of Windsor and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Music after the service

Luke Bond, Assistant Director of Music, St George’s Chapel, will play Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BWV 546, Johann Sebastian Bach.



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