Prince Philip funeral Order of Service – with moving music and nod to Diana

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The country will come to a standstill on Saturday to mourn, remember and reflect on the life of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

He was a man who was courageous and gallant, with a warm and stinging sense of humour, a loving family man to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and an 'unwavering source of support' to the Queen for over 70 years.

Prince Philip did not like a fuss, and he personally set out how his funeral would unfold and what it would entail to reflect on that belief.

No sermon will be given during the service, and there will not be a eulogy in a clear nod to Prince Philip's "get on with it" reputation.

Before the service begins music will be played including a song that was played at Princess Diana's funeral and at the weddings of both Prince Harry and Prince William.

The Right Reverend David Conner, Dean of Windsor, will lead the service and speak of Prince Philip's "unwavering loyalty" to the Queen and "his kindness, humour and humanity".

His deep connection with the sea and his dedication to the Navy will also be reflected in the service.

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What music will be played?

Prince Philip personally chose the music that will be played at his funeral which includes a range of hymns.

"Eternal Father Strong to Save," which has extremely strong links with the Navy and maritime is on the order.

William Whiting wrote the song in 1860, inspired by the throws and the dangers of the sea recounted in Psalm 107.

The same song was also played at the funeral of Philip's uncle, Earl Mountbatten of Burma, who was murdered by the IRA in 1979.

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Prince Philip also sang a verse from the hymn at the funeral of the man who taught him to fly while he was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Rhosymedre by Vaughn Williams, which was played at Princess Diana's funeral in 1998, will be the last song played of the pre-service music.

Other music includes a psalm requested by the Duke set to music by William Lovelady, which was first sung in honour of his 75th birthday and a Jubilate which was written for St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle..

Due to Covid restrictions, no guests will take part in singing.

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Who will speak at the funeral?

Most significantly no member of the Royal Family will speak at the funeral of Prince Philip, and there will also be no eulogy or sermon.

This reflects the Queen Mother's wishes for her funeral in 2002 when only members of the clergy spoke.

The Dean of Windsor will be followed by Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, who will give the Blessing.

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How will the event unfold?

The guests who are not walking behind the coffin will arrive at the Galilee Porch and will then be guided to the Dean's Cloister to wait.

When the procession and the Queen arrive guests will move back to the Galilee Porch, the Dean of Windsor then guides everyone who was watching the procession to their seats in the Quire.

The monarch is expected to pause to look at the Duke of Edinburgh's coffin from her moving car ahead of it being taken into St George's Chapel for the ceremony.

The Coffin will be removed from the custom made Land Rover and carried to the West Steps where it rests at 3pm for the one minute National Silence.

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The Coffin is then carried to the Catafalque in the Quire and members of the Royal Family who have walked in the Procession are taken to their places.

The Queen will sit on her own in the squire during the funeral because of strict Covid rules.

While this is ongoing the four-person choir including one soprano will sing passages from the Bible accompanied by an organist.

The organist will perform Schmucke dich, o liebe Seele BWV 654 by Johann Sebastian Bach, Adagio espressivo (Sonata in A minor) by Sir William Harris, Salix (The Plymouth Suite) by Percy Whitlock, Berceuse by Louis Vierne and Rhosymedre by Vaugh Williams.

The Dean of Windsor will then open the service and which will be televised for the nation to watch.

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Order of Service at Prince Philip's funeral

The bidding (delivered by the Dean)

Eternal Father, strong to save (sung by the choir)

The first lesson (Ecclesiasticus 43. 11-26, delivered by the Dean)

The Jubilate (sung by the choir)

The second lesson (John 11. 21-27, delivered by the Archbishop of Canterbury)

Psalm 104 (performed by the choir)

The Lesser Litany (performed by the choir)

Invitation to prayer (the responses)

The collect (delivered by the Dean)

The prayers (delivered by the Archbishop)

The anthem (performed by the choir)

The commendation (delivered by the Dean)

The styles and titles of Prince Philip (delivered by Garter Principal King of Arm)

A lament (performed by Pipe Major of The Royal Regiment of Scotland)

The Last Post (performed by the Buglers of the Royal Marines)

A period of silence

Reveille (performed by the State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry)

Action Stations (performed by the Buglers of the Royal Marines)

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Only 30 guests will be allowed inside St George's Chapel due to Covid restrictions in place.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not attend and will instead watch from the country residence Chequers, in Buckinghamshire.

The Prime Minister gave up his spot so another family member or close friend could attend the funeral.

All guests will be wearing face masks and must sit two metres apart from those not in their household.

Guests attending include the Prince of Wales and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall, the Queen and Philip's other children, their grandchildren including the Duke of Cambridge and Harry. Also, three of Philip's German relatives, three of the Queen's cousins and Philip's carriage driving companion Countess Mountbatten of Burma will attend.

Three members of Prince Philip's German family will also attend and they have been self isolating at a house in Ascot after arriving earlier in the week.

The guests are Bernhard, hereditary Prince of Baden, Prince Donates, Landgrave of Hesse, and Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.

Heathrow Airport, which is located close to Windsor Castle, has stopped all flights from landing or taking off for six minutes to coincide with the minute's silence.

Meanwhile, the duke's love of carriage-driving will be a poignant feature on the day, with his carriage, which he designed himself, and ponies making an appearance.

A polished dark green four-wheeled carriage, accompanied by two of Philip's grooms, will also stand in the Quadrangle of the castle.

With the carriage will be the duke's two black Fell ponies – Balmoral Nevis and Notlaw Storm.

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