The Duke of Edinburgh

1921 – 2021

Image of HRH Duke of Edinburgh courtesy of the Press Association.

Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace has announced.

The prayers of the whole Diocese of Oxford are with Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family today and in the coming days as we mourn the death of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. We give thanks for Prince Philip’s long and extraordinary life, his faithful service to Queen and country, his support especially for young people, his humour, honesty and integrity and strong Christian faith and especially his steadfast support to the Queen over the long years of their marriage. Philip has been at the centre of our national life for so many decades offering a model of strength and stability. He will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace and rise in glory, and may God’s peace and love be with all who mourn his passing, and most especially his immediate family.

Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford

Read a statement from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

  • On Friday 16 April at 10am, join an online Service of Remembrance organised by the Lord Lieutenancy in Buckinghamshire. The service will be led by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant Countess Elizabeth Howe and the Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson, and features hymns pre-recorded by a local choir.
  • On Friday 16 April at 6pm, join a civic service giving thanks for the life of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh at Christ Church. The service will be recorded and livestreamed by both the Cathedral and BBC Radio Oxford and will include the offering of prayers.
  • Following the death of HRH Prince Philip, Archbishop Justin Welby lead a service from the chapel at Lambeth Palace at 6pm on Saturday 10 April. Watch online here.
  • On Friday an Evensong service was livestreamed from the Cathedral and broadcast on BBC Radio Oxford.
  • On Saturday the Requiem in Remembrance of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh was also livestreamed from the Cathedral
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God of our lives,
we give thanks for the life of 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.


A prayer on the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, from the Church of England

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