His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh arrives for his visit to Richmond Adult Community College in Richmond, south west London.

Buckingham Palace has announced that His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has sadly died.

An online book of condolence is available on the Church of England website here.

Bishop Guli and Bishop Peter have both shared their condolences.

“I am very sorry to learn about the death of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh. We pray for Her Majesty the Queen, the Royal Family, the Commonwealth and the Nation and we give thanks for The Duke of Edinburgh’s extraordinary life of duty and dedication.”

Bishop Guli

“The thoughts and prayers of everyone at the Diocese of Chelmsford are with Her Majesty the Queen, the Royal Family, our nation and commonwealth.

At this time of great sadness, we remember with gratitude The Duke of Edinburgh’s extraordinary contribution as consort to Her Majesty the Queen. He has devoted his adult life to our service and the loving support of Her Majesty, for which we are thankful.”

Bishop Peter
Let's pray together

Into your hands, O Lord,
we humbly entrust our brother Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
In this life you embraced him with your tender love,
and opened to him the gate of heaven.
The old order has passed away,
as you welcome him into paradise,
where there will be no sorrow, no weeping nor pain,
but the fullness of peace and joy
with your Son and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.
Amen
Most merciful God,
whose wisdom is beyond our understanding,
surround the Queen and the Royal Family with your love,
that they may not be overwhelmed by their loss,
but have confidence in your goodness,
and strength to meet the days to come.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen

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