Prince Philip’s order of service shows how he planned details of his own funeral including music and psalms

Prince Philip’s order of service shows how he planned details of his own funeral including music and psalms

04/16/2021

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The order of service for Prince Philip’s funeral has been unveiled ahead of Saturday's Windsor Castle ceremony, and intricate details illuminate how the late Duke planned the ceremony himself.

The running order – which can be seen in full below – reveals how the service will commemorate Prince Philip’s association with the Royal Navy, with music chosen for the day including the hymn Eternal Father, Strong to Save; a song associated with seafarers which boasts nautical lyrics.

The guest list of attendees includes immediate family and the Duke of Edinburgh, who was said to have wanted little fuss at the ceremony, will be laid to rest at St George's Chapel, inside the grounds of Windsor Castle.

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Eternal Father, Strong to Save, was also sung at the funeral of Philip’s much-loved uncle, Earl Mountbatten of Burma, who died in 1979.

Other details which are thoughtfully woven into the order of service include a psalm requested by the Duke of Edinburgh, which was previously sung in honour of his 75th birthday.

There will also be a Jubilate written at Philip’s request for St George’s Chapel.

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The arrangements for his death were codenamed Forth Bridge, after the Scottish landmark and UNESCO World Heritage Site, and alterations have been made to ensure the service is in line with coronavirus measures, meaning only 30 guests will attend.

Much like the Queen Mother’s funeral in 2002, no members of the Royal Family will give readings or read lessons, and there shall we no eulogy.

The official Order of Service for Prince Philip’s funeral

During the service, a choir of four singers (three of whom are Lay Clerks 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

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)

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Rhosymedre (Three Preludes founded on Welsh Hymn Tunes) – Ralph Vaughan Williams – (1872–1958)

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

The Blessing

This is pronounced by the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.

Members of the Royal Family and Members of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Family arrive at the Galilee Porch and are conducted to the Dean’s Cloister.

Members of the Royal Family and Members of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Family are then be conducted from the Dean’s Cloister to the Galilee Porch to view the Procession and await the arrival of Her Majesty The Queen.

The Queen is to be received at the Galilee Porch by the Dean of Windsor, who conducts Her Majesty, Members of the Royal Family and Members of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Family, who have been viewing the Procession, will move to their seats in the Quire.

All stand.

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

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

Meanwhile, the choir sings

The Sentences

John 11. 25–26

Job 19. 25–27

1 Timothy 6. 7, Job 1. 21

THE BIDDING

All sit. The choir sings.

All remain seated.

THE FIRST LESSON: Ecclesiasticus 43. 11–26. Read by the Dean of Windsor

All remain seated as the choir sings

THE JUBILATE

All remain seated.

THE SECOND LESSON: John 11. 21–27. Read by the Archbishop of Canterbury

All remain seated as the choir sings

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

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

Words from Psalm 104, adapted by Sam Dyer (b. 1945)

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The choir sings

THE LESSER LITANY

THE RESPONSES

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

THE COLLECT

THE PRAYERS

All sit as the choir sings.

THE ANTHEM

All stand.

As the Coffin is lowered into the Royal Vault, the Dean of Windsor shall say The Commendation.

All remain standing. Garter Principal King of Arms proclaims THE STYLES AND TITLES OF HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE PHILIP DUKE OF EDINBURGH.

A LAMENT

The Buglers of the Royal Marines sound

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After a period of silence the State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry sound

REVEILLE

The Buglers of the Royal Marines sound

ACTION STATIONS

Then the Archbishop of Canterbury pronounces The Blessing.

All remain standing as the choir sings

THE NATIONAL ANTHEM

All remain standing in their places as Her Majesty The Queen, Members of the Royal Family and Members of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Family leave the Chapel via 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.

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