Diocese of Portsmouth

HRH Prince Philip
HRH Prince Philip


We join with the whole nation and friends across the world in expressing our sorrow at the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip. Amidst the pain and grief we also lift prayers of thanksgiving for his life, service and example to our nation and to the world.

Statement from Bishop Christopher

The Rt Rev Christopher Foster, Bishop of Portsmouth, said: "The Duke of Edinburgh has lived as an exemplar of public service and devotion to duty. His commitment to HM the Queen and to the nation has been steadfast, and his down-to-earth persona has been coupled with deep loyalty and service. I pray today with gratitude for his life, for Her Majesty and the Royal Family in their loss, and with compassion for all who mourn."

Our churches respond

Many of our churches will be open during the day for you to say a prayer, light a candle or hold the Royal Family in your thoughts over the next few days. Check with the website of your local church for details. Flags will be flown at half-mast, and single bells were tolled 99 times at 12noon on April 10 as a mark of respect. Our Sunday services on April 11 included special prayers and liturgy. A minute's silence will be held across the country at 3pm on April 17.

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Transcript of the Bishop’s sermon from the Thanksgiving service for the life of HRH Prince Philip, Sunday 11th April, at Portsmouth Cathedral


These will be added to as they are made available.

Download an image of the Duke of Edinburgh for use on websites and social media
Prayers and liturgical resources from the national C of E to use in services (scroll to the bottom of the page)
Photo and mp3 of the National Anthem on the A Church Near You hub (accessible by ACNY Editors only)
Advice about ringing church bells ahead of the funeral of HRH Prince Philip
SCHOOLS: Powerpoint presentation on HRH Prince Philip and guide, for Collective Worship – use together