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Remembering His Royal Highness Prince Philip

10 JUNE 1921 - 9 APRIL 2021

On the 9 April 2021 Buckingham Palace announced that His Royal Highness Prince Philip has died.

The Rt Rev Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani, Bishop of Chelmsford has expressed her great sadness at the news.

 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."

The Rt Revd Peter Hill, Bishop of Barking has shared his condolences.

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."


Book of Condolence 

The Church of England has published an online book of condolence.

The Church of England has also published prayers and other resources at