Prince Philip funeral order of service: What are the hymns and readings?

PRINCE Philip's "unwavering loyalty" to the Queen and "courage, fortitude and faith" will be hailed at his funeral tomorrow afternoon.

The Duke of Edinburgh stood by the monarch's side for more than 70 years, dedicating his life to the nation and service.

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The 99-year-old will now be laid to rest at St George's Chapel in Windsor on Saturday afternoon, with the Royal Family gathering to bid farewell to the Queen's "rock".

Prince Harry has returned from the US to be with his family, with just 30 mourners allowed to attend the service due to Covid.

However, the funeral will still follow Prince Philip's wishes – and hail his "courage, fortitude and faith".

The Queen will also pause at his coffin to bid her husband of more than seven decades farewell as he is laid to rest.

Her Majesty will also be sitting alone during the funeral due to strict coronavirus rules.

Members of the Royal Family will have to be at least two metres apart during the service at St George's Chapel in Windsor on Saturday.

It comes as…

  • The Queen shared a candid photo of her beaming next to Philip
  • Her Majesty will bid a private farewell to her husband before his coffin leaves Windsor Castle for the funeral
  • Mike Tindall posted a sweet photo of Prince Philip with his daughter Mia
  • The monarch took her new puppies for a walk at Frogmore ahead of the service
  • Omid Scobie and Gayle King will lead US coverage of the funeral

No sermon will be delivered during the ceremonial royal service, in keeping with Philip's wishes, while his body will be taken to the funeral in a Land Rover he helped to design.

His love of the sea and long association with the Royal Navy permeates the Order of Service, which has been released by Buckingham Palace ahead of Saturday's proceedings.

Music chosen by the duke includes the hymn "Eternal Father, Strong to Save" – traditionally associated with seafarers and the maritime armed services.

The Dean of Windsor, in the Bidding, will also pay tribute to Philip's "kindness, humour and humanity."

"With grateful hearts, we remember the many ways in which his long life has been a blessing to us," he will say of Philip, who died aged 99 last Friday.

"We have been inspired by his unwavering loyalty to our Queen, by his service to the Nation and the Commonwealth, by his courage, fortitude and faith.

"Our lives have been enriched through the challenges that he has set us, the encouragement that he has given us, his kindness, humour and humanity."

What are the hymns and readings at Prince Philip's funeral?

'Eternal Father, Strong to Save'

Music chosen by the duke includes the hymn "Eternal Father, Strong to Save" – traditionally associated with seafarers and the maritime armed services.

Written in 1860 by William Whiting, it was inspired by the dangers of the sea described in Psalm 107.

It was also sung at the funeral of Philip's beloved uncle, Earl Mountbatten of Burma, who was murdered by the IRA in 1979.

Lesson by Dean of Windsor

A lesson by the Dean of Windsor will be read out during the 50-minute service.

The reading will tell of "those who sail the sea tell stories of its dangers, which astonish all who hear them; in it are strange and wonderful creatures, all kinds of living things and huge sea monsters".

The Jubilate

Following the Lesson by the Dean of Windsor will be The Jubilate written by Benjamin Britten and was written at the request of The Duke of Edinburgh.

Second Lesson

The Second Lesson will be read by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Pslam 104

Funeral guests will also hear the choir sing Psalm 104 which was set to music by guitarist and composer William Lovelady.

Originally composed as a cantata in three movements, it was first sung in honour of the duke's 75th birthday in 1996.

Military honours

Philip's close association with the military will show at the funeral.

Members of the Armed Forces will be taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral to "honour their special relationship" with Philip, a spokesman said.

The Last Post will be sounded by buglers of the Royal Marines and, after a period of silence, the Reveille will be played by the State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry.

Philip enjoyed an active naval career between 1939 and 1951 and was a veteran of the Second World War.

Detachments drawn from units that had a link with Philip will be positioned on the grass in the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle.

Philip’s military links

Royal Navy

HMS Magpie, HMS Collingwood, HMS Sultan, Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, 1710 Naval Air Squadron, Captain Naval Recruiting and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary will be in attendance.

Royal Marines

Units from 40 Commando Royal Marines and the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines will be in the Quadrangle.

Philip held the title of Captain General of the Royal Marines for 64 years after being appointed by the Queen after her coronation.

His final official solo engagement was the Captain General's Parade outside Buckingham Palace in August 2017.

British Army

Units from The Queen's Royal Hussars, Grenadier Guards, 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, "The Highlanders", Royal Gurkha Rifles, The Rifles, The Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and The Intelligence Corps will be in the Quadrangle.

The band of the Grenadier Guards will lead the procession.

The Quadrangle will be lined by The Household Cavalry including The Life Guards, the Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons, The Blues & Royals and the 1st Battalion The Coldstream Guards plus the 1st Battalion The Welsh Guards.

The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery is also part of the proceedings. Members of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery took part in a 41-gun Royal Salute to mark Philip's birthday every year on June 10 in Hyde Park, central London.

Royal Air Force

Philip was the Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Northolt and flew on many flights out of the station, which opened in 1915 and played a key role in defending the UK during the Battle of Britain. It also served as a fighter station during the London 2012 Olympic Games as home to four Typhoon fighter aircraft.

Philip presented 32 (The Royal) Squadron with a new standard at RAF Northolt in March 2015.


Commonwealth defence advisers from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Trinidad and Tobago will be present at Horseshoe Cloister to recognise Philip's close links with the Armed Forces in their countries.

Philip was the Admiral of the Fleet of the Royal Australian Navy, Field Marshal of the Australian Army and Marshal of the Royal Australian Air Force, and also the Colonel-in-Chief of the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment.

His range of appointments with Canada include being the Admiral of the Royal Canadian Navy, General of the Canadian Army and General of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Philip's titles also included being the Admiral of the Fleet of the Royal New Zealand Navy, Field Marshal of the New Zealand Army and Marshal of the Royal New Zealand Air Force.


Before the service, a selection of music chosen by the duke will be played – Sir William Harris's Adagio Espressivo (Sonata in A minor), Percy Whitlock's Salix (The Plymouth Suite) and Berceuse (Op 31 No. 19) by Louis Vierne.

Bach's choral prelude Schmucke Dich, O Liebe Seele (Adorn Yourself, O Dear Soul) BWV 654 will also be performed along with Vaughan Williams' Rhosymedre.

The small choir of four will be conducted by the St George's Chapel director of music James Vivian and the organ will be played by Luke Bond.

After the duke's coffin is lowered into the royal vault a Lament will be played by a Pipe Major from the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

The duke was Royal Colonel of the Highlanders, 4th Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Final moments

As the service draws to a close the Archbishop of Canterbury will pronounce the Blessing and the National Anthem will be sung by just the choir.

Guests will not be allowed to sing during the funeral due to Covid rules.

However, a choir of four will be able to perform the songs.

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