Boris and Carrie Johnson are due to attend Prince Philip memorial service after PM apologised to the Queen for Downing Street parties held on eve of Duke’s funeral
- The PM and his wife Carrie are set to join the congregation of 1,800 people today
- The couple will head to Westminster Abbey in central London to remember Duke
- Mr Johnson apologised to the Queen for a party in No 10 on eve of Philip’s funeral
- Whitehall workers partied but the next day Her Majesty sat on her own at a burial
Boris Johnson will attend Prince Philip’s memorial service after he apologised to the Queen for lockdown parties on the eve of her husband’s funeral.
The PM and his wife Carrie are set to join a congregation of 1,800 people as they gather to remember the Queen’s consort, who died last year.
The couple will head to Westminster Abbey in central London to remember the Duke of Edinburgh at the poignant ceremony.
The PM was forced to apologise to the Queen after it emerged there were parties in Downing Street the night before she buried her husband.
Whitehall workers had drunk into the night but the next morning Her Majesty cut a lonely figure as she sat alone at the Duke’s burial in Windsor.
Despite concerns over her mobility, the 95-year-old Monarch is believed to be desperate to attend today’s service to her husband.
The PM and his wife Carrie (pictured in Sussex with baby Romy over the weekend) are set to join a congregation of 1,800 people as they gather to remember the Queen’s consort, who died last year
The PM (pictured in London yesterday morning) was forced to apologise to the Queen after it emerged there was a raucous party in Downing Street the night before she buried her husband
Queen Elizabeth II takes her seat during the funeral of Prince Philip at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021
Mr and Mrs Johnson will help remember Prince Philip as a ‘man of rare ability and distinction’ at the service.
It will feature elements he planned for his own funeral, which were forbidden due to Covid-19 restrictions.
It is understood some of his older great-grandchildren may attend, giving the youngest generation of royals the chance to honour him.
Missing gestures from his burial will see Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award holders and the youth UK Cadet Force associations line the steps of Westminster Abbey.
The Duke’s express wishes for the congregation to join and sing the rousing hymn Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer, and for the clergy from Windsor, Sandringham and Balmoral to play a special part will finally be granted.
Prayers will be said for his ‘gifts of character; for his humour and resilience; his fortitude and devotion to duty’ by the Chapels Royal’s Sub-Dean.
Meanwhile ‘his energy and spirit of adventure’ and ‘strength and constancy’ will be heralded by royal estates’ clergy – known as the Queen’s domestic chaplains.
The Queen and Prince Philip revisit Broadlands, to mark their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on November 20, 2007
The Duke had an active role in the day-to-day management of the estates for many years.
He wanted the minister of Crathie Church near Balmoral, the rector of Sandringham and the chaplain to the Royal Chapel of All Saints, Windsor Great Park, to take part.
But the farewell to Philip in St George’s Chapel last April was limited to just 30 people in the midst of the pandemic and mass singing was banned.
Eleven months on, the royal family including the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Cambridges will gather as part of the 1,800-strong congregation.
The Queen is still hoping to lead her family at the high profile and personally significant occasion for her beloved late husband.
Although the Monarch, who has faced mobility issues, is mentioned in the Order of Service, Buckingham Palace is expected to confirm her attendance this morning.
The head of state pulled out of the Commonwealth Day service earlier this month due to comfort issues and has spoken about not being able to move.
She recently recovered from Covid-19 and appeared on good form at Windsor last week.
The Palace said the Queen has been actively involved in the plans for the service, with many elements reflecting her wishes.
Around 30 foreign royals will attend, including Prince Albert of Monaco, Denmark’s Queen Margrethe and Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia.
A graphic shows the plan for the service to remember Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey taking place this morning
The Duke’s wider family and friends will also be there, along with 500 representatives from his patronages and charities.
Also invited are Sir David Attenborough, Dame Floella Benjamin, Baroness Grey-Thompson and members of the military who were involved in the funeral, including Pipe Major Colour Sergeant Peter Grant and the Grenadier Guards Bearer Party.
Philip, who worked on his own funeral details – codenamed Forth Bridge – for many years, had asked for the choir to sing Te Deum in C by Benjamin Britten, and this will be part of Tuesday’s proceedings.
The Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend David Hoyle, will describe Philip in the bidding as ‘a man of rare ability and distinction, rightly honoured and celebrated, he ever directed our attention away from himself’.
‘Working at pace, with so many claims on his attention, he encouraged us to focus, as he was focussed, on the things that matter,’ he will say.
‘His was a discipline and character that seized opportunity and overcame obstruction and difficulty.
‘We recall, with affection and respect, the sustained offering of a long life lived fully.’
The Dean of Windsor, The Right Reverend David Conner will deliver a seven-minute address during the service which will be televised live on BBC One.
A special tribute will be read by 28-year-old Doyin Sonibare, from London, who holds her Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards, about the legacy and impact of the youth scheme Philip set up in 1956.
In recognition of Philip’s long-held relationship with the armed forces, the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth (Royal Band) will provide music before and after.
Pieces will include the upbeat The Seafarers, as well as the moving Pacific theme by Blake Neely and Hans Zimmer, composed for the HBO mini-series about a US marine corps fighting in the Pacific during the Second World War.
Philip served as First Lieutenant on the destroyer HMS Whelp in the Pacific, where he helped to rescue two airmen in 1945 whose bomber crashed into the ocean during the Allies’ Operation Meridian II against the Japanese.
Flowers in the church will be in shades of patriotic red, white and blue, with larger arrangements featuring blue eryngium – known as sea holly – a nod to the duke’s career in the Royal Navy, and his lifelong affection for the sea.
The smaller posies will include white dendrobium orchids, which appeared in Princess Elizabeth’s wedding bouquet when she married Philip in 1947.
Among those seated in the abbey will be the Duke of York, despite Andrew paying millions out of court earlier this month to settle a civil sexual assault case.
He will arrive alongside his daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, and their husbands Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Jack Brooksbank.
Also there will be Charles, Camilla, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn, the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, the Duke of Kent and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.
It is not confirmed which of the Queen and Philip’s 12 great-grandchildren could attend.
The five oldest are Savannah Phillips, Isla Phillips, Prince George, Mia Tindall and Princess Charlotte.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are not returning from the US for the service.
Mr Johnson will however be there after his public apology to the Queen and the country over gatherings in Downing Street on the eve of the Duke’s funeral.
The Metropolitan Police is investigating the allegations of boozy lockdown-breaking parties at No 10.
The first Partygate fines will be issued today as police prepare to slap 15 people with penalty notices, reports say.
Prince Philip’s memorial Order of Service in FULL: Royal Family release details of the final farewell for the Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey
The Royal Family and Westminster Abbey have released the full Order of Service ahead of today’s memorial service for HRH Prince Philip, who died almost one year ago.
The service, which is set to take place at Westminster Abbey from 11:30am today, will pay tribute to The Duke of Edinburgh’s contribution to public life and support to charitable organisations.
The memorial ceremony will also incorporate several aspects that were planned for Philip’s funeral last year, which were unable to go ahead due to the Covid-19 restrictions in place at the time.
The Queen, who was married to The Duke of Edinburgh for 73 years prior to his death, is said to have personally overseen many elements of the service.
Buckingham Palace said there will also be a heavy military presence at the service, given Philip’s glittering career in the Armed Forces, along with several recipients and individuals involved in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.
Here is the official Order of Service for the Service of Thanksgiving for HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, who died April 9, 2021.
The Queen and Prince Philip in June 2014. The Duke of Edinburgh died in April 2021 aged 99
The service is conducted by the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster.
The service is sung by the Choirs of Westminster Abbey, and Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace, directed by James O’Donnell, Organist and Master of the Choristers, Westminster Abbey.
The organ is played by Peter Holder, Sub-Organist. The State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry are directed by Trumpet Major Julian Sandford, and the Fanfare Team from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force are directed by Sergeant Timothy Hynd RAF.
Before the service Matthew Jorysz, Assistant Organist, plays:
- Andante cantabile from Symphony No 3, Charles-Marie Widor (1844–1937)
- Bist du bei mir BWV 508, attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
- Salix from Plymouth Suite, Percy Whitlock (1903–46)
The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth (Royal Band), directed by Lieutenant Colonel Jason Burcham RM, Principal Director of Music, plays:
- Prelude from 49th Parallel, Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958) arranged by Michael McDermott
- Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral from Lohengri,n Richard Wagner (1813–83) arranged by Peter Curtis
- Canterbury Chorale, Jan Van der Roost (b 1956)
- Lux Aurumque, Eric Whitacre (b 1970)
- Men of Honour Part 2, Thomas Bergerson (b 1980) arranged by Ivan Hutchinson
- Pacific, Blake Neely (b 1969) and Hans Zimmer (b 1957) arranged by Rieks van der Velde
The Assistant Organist plays:
- Shepherd’s Song from Symphony No 6 (‘Pastoral’), Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
The Sub-Organist plays:
- Benedictus from Sonata Britannica, Charles Villiers Stanford (1852–1924)
The Duke of Edinburgh, who has died at the age of 99, joined the Royal Navy in 1939 – the year the Second World War broke out – when he was still a teenager. By 1942, he had risen to the rank of first lieutenant after bravely fighting in the Battle of Crete and the conflict at Cape Matapan. Left: Philip in 1946. Right: Phlip in 1945, when he was serving on HMS Valiant
It wasn’t just on water where Philip put his military credentials to good use – he trained to be a pilot with the RAF and by the time he gave up flying in 1997, at the age of 76, he had completed 5,986 hours of time in the sky in 59 different aircraft
Members of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Family arrive and are conducted to their seats.
The Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, the Right Honourable Dame Eleanor Laing DBE MP, and The Lord Speaker, the Lord McFall of Alcluith, are received by the Dean and Chapter of Westminster. Presentations are made and they are conducted to their seats.
The Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Boris Johnson MP, and Mrs Johnson, are received. Presentations are made and they are conducted to their seats.
The Right Worshipful The Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Andrew Smith, and The Lady Mayoress Salma Shah are received. Presentations are made and they are conducted to their seats.
All stand, and then sit.
Representatives of faith communities and of the churches process to places in the Lantern. The King and Queen of the Belgians, The Queen of Denmark, The Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, The Prince of Monaco, The King and Queen of the Netherlands and Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, The King and Queen of Norway, The King and Queen of Spain, The King and Queen of Sweden, Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Prince El Hassan bin Talal and Princess Sarvath El Hassan, Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes, Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, Prince Philippos and Princess Nina of Greece, Margareta, Custodian of the Romanian Crown and Prince Radu of Romania, Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia and Prince Kyril of Preslav arrive and are conducted to their seats.
Members of the Royal Family arrive and are conducted to their seats.
Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, The Duke of Kent and The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester arrive and are conducted to their seats.
The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence KCVO, CB, The Earl and Countess of Wessex, The Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and Viscount Severn arrive and are conducted to their seats.
The Duke of York, Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank arrive and are conducted to their seats.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are received by the Dean and Chapter. Presentations are made and they are conducted to their seats.
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall are received by the Dean and Chapter. Presentations are made and they are conducted to their seats.
All stand as the procession moves to places in Quire, the Sacrarium, and Poets’ Corner.
A fanfare is sounded.
The Queen is received by the Dean and Chapter. Presentations are made.
A holder of a gold award from the Duke of Edinburgh scheme will speak at Prince Philip’s memorial service today, while nine other young people with their own awards will line the steps of Westminster Abbey. Above: The Duke of Edinburgh hosts DofE gold award presentations at Hillsborough Castle in County Down in 2017
Order of Service
‘He who would valiant be ‘gainst all disaster, let him in constancy follow the Master. There’s no discouragement shall make him once relent his first avowed intent to be a pilgrim. Whoso beset him round with dismal stories, do but themselves confound his strength the more is. No foes shall stay his might, though he with giants fight: he will make good his right to be a pilgrim. Since, Lord, thou dost defend us with thy Spirit, We know we at the end shall life inherit. Then fancies flee away! I’ll fear not what men say, I’ll labour night and day to be a pilgrim.’ (Monk’s Gate 372 NEH from The Pilgrim’s Progress adapted from an English folk song John Bunyan (1628–88) arranged by James O’Donnell (b 1961)
All sit. The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster, says the Bidding:
‘In Westminster Abbey, where he made promises that defined a life of willing duty and spirited service, we give thanks for His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. A man of rare ability and distinction, rightly honoured and celebrated, he ever directed our attention away from himself. He put privilege to work and understood his rank as a spur to service. Working at pace, with so many claims on his attention, he encouraged us to focus, as he was focussed, on the things that matter. His was a discipline and character that seized opportunity and overcame obstruction and difficulty. We recall, with affection and respect, the sustained offering of a long life lived fully. Acknowledging our loss, we turn to the God who is our help for He will renew our hope. In grateful remembrance of The Prince Philip, we then commit ourselves to live as he lived, in faith, in the service of Her Majesty, and with a greater reverence for our world and our neighbours.’
‘Let us pray in the words that Jesus taught us.
‘Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.’
Doyin Sonibare, a Gold Award holder from The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, gives a Tribute.
Doyin Sonibare, 28, from London, will pay tribute to the duke, who died last year aged 99. Ms Sonibare, who is now studying for a PhD into sickle cell disease, will tell attendees that the DofE helped her to secure her first job at the age of 18 and will reflect on the difference that the scheme has made to her life since
The Right Honourable the Lord Wallace of Tankerness QC, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, reads:
‘To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth. Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the Lord, and my judgment is passed over from my God? Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.’ (Isaiah 40: 25–31)
‘Thanks be to God.’
The choir sings:
‘Prevent us, O Lord, in all our doings with thy most gracious favour, and further us with thy continual help, that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy name, and finally by thy mercy obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.’ (William Byrd (c 1540–1623) Collect for Holy Communion The Book of Common Prayer)
The Right Reverend and Right Honourable Dame Sarah Mullally DBE, Dean of Her Majesty’s Chapels Royal, reads:
‘Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.’ (Philippians 4: 4–9)
‘Thanks be to God.’
All stand to sing:
‘All creatures of our God and King, lift up your voice and with us sing Alleluia, alleluia! Thou burning sun with golden beam, thou silver moon with softer gleam: O praise him, O praise him, Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
‘Thou flowing water, pure and clear, make music for thy Lord to hear, Alleluia, alleluia! Thou fire so masterful and bright, that givest man both warmth and light: O praise him, O praise him, Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
‘Thou rushing wind that art so strong, ye clouds that sail in heaven along, O praise him, Alleluia! Thou rising morn, in praise rejoice, ye lights of evening, find a voice: O praise him, O praise him, Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
‘Dear mother earth, who day by day unfoldest blessings on our way, O praise him, Alleluia! The flowers and fruits that in thee grow, let them his glory also show: O praise him, O praise him, Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
‘Let all things their Creator bless, and worship him in humbleness, O praise him, Alleluia! Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son, and praise the Spirit, three in One: O praise him, O praise him, Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!’ (Lasst uns erfreuen 263 NEH, St Francis of Assisi (1182–1226) Ralph Vaughan Williams, translated by William Draper (1855–1933) after a melody in Geistliche Kirchengesäng Cologne, 1623 arranged by James O’Donnell)
Cadets will today line the entrances to Westminster Abbey for Prince Philip’s memorial service and a marching band from the Royal Marines will play as guests arrive, Buckingham Palace has revealed. Above: Philip during a visit to Windsor Sea Cadet Unit on April 7, 2014
All sit. The Right Reverend David Conner KCVO, Dean of Windsor, gives the Address.
The choir sings:
‘We praise thee, O God : we acknowledge thee to be the Lord. All the earth doth worship thee : the Father everlasting. To thee all angels cry aloud : the heavens, and all the powers therein. To thee cherubin, and seraphin : continually do cry, Holy, holy, holy : Lord God of Sabaoth; heaven and earth are full of the majesty : of thy glory. The glorious company of the apostles : praise thee. The goodly fellowship of the prophets : praise thee. The noble army of martyrs : praise thee. The holy Church throughout all the world : doth acknowledge thee; the Father : of an infinite majesty; thine honourable, true : and only Son; also the Holy Ghost : the Comforter. Thou art the King of glory : O Christ. Thou art the everlasting Son : of the Father. When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man : thou didst not abhor the Virgin’s womb. When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death : thou didst open the kingdom of heaven to all believers. Thou sittest at the right hand of God : in the Glory of the Father. We believe that thou shalt come : to be our Judge. We therefore pray thee, help thy servants : whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood. Make them to be numbered with thy saints : in glory everlasting. O Lord, save thy people : and bless thine heritage. Govern them : and lift them up for ever. Day by day : we magnify thee; and we worship thy name : ever world without end. Vouchsafe, O Lord : to keep us this day without sin. O Lord, have mercy upon us : have mercy upon us. O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us : as our trust is in thee. O Lord, in thee have I trusted : let me never be confounded.’ (Te Deum in C Canticle for Morning Prayer, Benjamin Britten (1913–76) The Book of Common Prayer)
The Reverend Mark Birch, Minor Canon and Precentor, introduces the prayers:
‘Let us give thanks to Almighty God for the life and work of The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and pray for all who honour his legacy and continue his work.’
All sit or kneel.
The Reverend Kenneth MacKenzie, Minister of Crathie Church, says:
‘Let us give thanks for his service as Consort, liege man of life and limb, and of earthly worship to Her Majesty; for his devotion to family, to Nation and to Commonwealth; for his strength and constancy. O Father of all, we pray thee for those whom we love but see no longer. Grant them thy peace; let light perpetual shine upon them; and, in thy loving wisdom and almighty power, work in them the good purpose of thy perfect will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.’
The Reverend Canon Jonathan Riviere LVO, Rector of Sandringham, says:
‘Let us give thanks for his energy and spirit of adventure; for his work with the young to discover new skills and serve their communities. Let us pray especially for the work of Cadet Forces and all engaged in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Teach us, good Lord, to serve thee as thou deservest; to give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labour and not to ask for any reward, save that of knowing that we do Thy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.’
The Reverend Canon Martin Poll, Chaplain to the Royal Chapel of All Saints, Windsor Great Park, says:
‘Let us give thanks for his work in conservation and the good stewardship of the environment, in bringing together people of many faiths, and in the work of the World Wildlife Fund. Almighty God, whose loving hand hath given us all that we possess in creation; grant us grace that we may honour thee with our substance, and remembering the account which we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of thy bounty; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.’
The Reverend Canon Paul Wright, Sub-Dean of Her Majesty’s Chapels Royal, says:
‘Let us give thanks for his gifts of character; for his humour and resilience; his fortitude and devotion to duty; that we may follow his good example in the service of our fellows. O Lord God, when thou givest to thy servants to endeavour any great matter, grant us also to know that it is not the beginning, but the continuing of the same unto the end, until it be thoroughly finished, which yieldeth the true glory; through him who for the finishing of thy work laid down his life, our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Amen.’
The Reverend Dr James Hawkey, Canon in Residence, says:
‘Let us give thanks to our heavenly Father for all his blessings and mercies, and dedicate ourselves anew to his service. Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we thine unworthy servants do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all men; We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ, for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And we beseech thee, give us that due sense of all thy mercies, that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful, and that we show forth thy praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives; by giving up ourselves to thy service, and by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.’
All stand to sing:
‘Guide me, O thou great Redeemer, pilgrim through this barren land; I am weak, but thou art mighty; hold me with thy powerful hand: Bread of heaven, feed me till I want no more. Open now the crystal fountain whence the healing stream doth flow; let the fiery cloudy pillar lead me all my journey through: strong Deliverer, be thou still my strength and shield. When I tread the verge of Jordan, bid my anxious fears subside; Death of death, and hell’s Destruction, land me safe on Canaan’s side: songs of praises I will ever give to thee.’ (Cwm Rhondda 368 NEH Arglwydd, arwain trwy’r anialwch, John Hughes (1873–1932) William Williams (1717–91) arranged by James O’Donnell, translated by Peter Williams (1727–96) and others)
The Most Reverend and the Right Honourable Justin Welby, Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate of All England and Metropolitan, gives the Blessing:
‘God grant to the living grace; to the departed rest; to the Church, The Queen, the Commonwealth, and all people, peace and concord; and to us sinners life everlasting; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen.’
‘God save our gracious Queen, long live our noble Queen, God save The Queen. Send her victorious, happy, and glorious, long to reign over us: God save The Queen.’ (arranged by Gordon Jacob (1895–1984)
All remain standing as the Procession, together with The Queen and Members of the Royal Family, leaves the Abbey church.
Music after the service
Allegro molto e ritmico from Sonata Britannica, Charles Villiers Stanford
The band plays:
The Seafarers arranged by Michael McDermott
Members of the congregation are kindly requested to remain in their seats until directed to move by the Honorary Stewards
The bells of the Abbey church are rung.
END OF SERVICE
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