29 March 2022

UK: Service of Thanksgiving for Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

The Service of Thanksgiving for Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh took place at Westminster Abbey in London today. The funeral service took place on 17 April 2021 at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, but only 30 people were allowed to attend due to the pandemic and the Covid-19 protocol. Today around 1800 people were allowed to celebrate the life of Prince Philip, among them numerous members of the British and other European Royal Families. 

In attendance were among others:

United Kingdom
  • Queen Elizabeth II
  • The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall
  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
  • Prince George and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge
  • The Duke of York
  • Princess Beatrice and Eduardo Mapelli Mozzi
  • Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank
  • The Earl and Countess of Wessex
  • Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and Viscount Severn
  • The Princess Royal (Princess Anne) and Sir Tim Laurence
  • The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester
  • The Duke of Kent
  • Prince and Princess Michael of Kent
(In attendance were also members of Princess Anne's and the late Princess Margaret's family among others.)

  • Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa
  • King Philippe and Queen Mathilde
  • Queen Margrethe II
  • Prince El Hassan bin Talal and Princess Sarvath El Hassan
  • Grand Duchess Maria Teresa
  • Prince Albert II
The Netherlands
  • King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima
  • Princess Beatrix
  • King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia
  • King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia
  • Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnusson
Former monarchies

  • Hereditary Prince Bernhard and Hereditary Princess Stephanie of Baden
  • Prince Kyril, Prince of Preslav
  • Queen Anne-Marie
  • Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal 
  • Prince Philippos and Princess Nina
  • Landgrave Donatus and Landgravine Floria
  • Prince Philipp and Princess Saskia
  • Princess Margareta (styled Custodian of the Romanian Crown) and Prince Radu of Romania
Serbia (Yugoslavia)
  • Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine 
As earlier announced, King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway had to cancel their attendance because the king was not well enough after testing positive for Covid-19 last week.

Among the British dignitaries were the Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, the Right Honourable Dame Eleanor Laing and The Lord Speaker, the Lord McFall of Alcluith, Prime Minister Boris Johnson MP and his wife,  the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Andrew Smith and the Lady Mayoress Salma Shah.

The service was conducted by the Dean of Westminster, David Hoyle. The Order of Service can be read here.

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