The Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021

It is with great sadness that we have learned the news of the death of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh on Friday the 9th of April 2021.

Prince Philip’s long life and his unstinting support of the Queen over more than 70 years of marriage have contributed immensely to the life of the nation at home and abroad.

He will also be remembered for his personal initiatives and support in many spheres, not least his encouragement of young people, particularly with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, founded in 1956.

Local plans

The Union Flag currently flies at half-mast at St Mary’s in West Malling and will do so until 8 a.m. on the day following the funeral.

On the day of the funeral (Saturday 17 April), the tenor bell will be tolled at St Mary’s 99 times in the hour before the funeral at 3.00 p.m. You should be able to hear the bell toll roughly once every 30 seconds, excluding the quarter hour chimes, throughout the whole hour.

In more normal times, we would anticipate opening our churches to offer local residents the chance to sign a Book of Condolence. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 safety restrictions mean that the Palace has requested that books are not signed.

Instead, the nation has been encouraged to send a message of condolence online via the Royal Family’s website. Follow this link to send your message now.

Prayers

We invite you to join us in remembering His Royal Highness in prayer with these words:

Blessed Jesus,
Lord of Lords and King of Kings,
we give you thanks
for the life of Philip, Duke of Edinburgh .
for the grace and mercy
he received from you,
for his faithful love and support
of Her Majesty, The Queen,
and his service to this nation
at home and abroad.
Enfold him in your everlasting arms
grant him rest
and raise him up at the last
in the company of the saints in light. Amen

We remember, too, the Royal Family in their bereavement.

O God, our sovereign and shepherd,
who brought again your Son, Jesus Christ,
from the valley of death,
comfort, we pray,
The Queen and all the Royal Family
with your protecting presence.
Fill them with your Holy Spirit;
and with your heavenly peace;
and bring them at the last
to your everlasting kingdom;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen