The Queen may behave “with extraordinary dignity and extraordinary courage” but the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral at Windsor Castle on Saturday will be a “moment of anguish” for her, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said.
Justin Welby spoke as Buckingham Palace revealed there would be no sermon or eulogy for Prince Philip, who for seven decades played a leading role in the country’s public life .
Praises are not common at royal funerals, nor are family readings, which are also missing from the service order issued Friday night. It includes readings and music chosen by Prince Philip, and the absence of a sermon is at his request.
The only words touching on the impact he has made as consort to the Queen for 73 years will be spoken by the clergy in auctions and prayers.
The monarch, who marks her 95e Wednesday would require the nation’s support during this difficult time, said Welby, who will give the blessing to St George’s Chapel, where the Queen is expected to sit alone.
People shouldn’t judge her on “outside” appearances that day, he said. “She’s the queen. She will behave with the extraordinary dignity and extraordinary courage that she always does.
But he told the BBC: “She’s saying goodbye to someone she’s been married to for 73 years… I think this must be a very, very deep thing in anyone’s life and I hope. may the whole nation, if they believe in this, they pray for her, and if they do not, they sympathize in their hearts, offer their condolences to her and hope that she will find strength in what must be a moment of anguish.
The deeply religious service has very personal touches. Jubilate in C by Benjamin Britten will be sung, a piece specially commissioned by Philip for the choir of St George’s Chapel, which has been sung in the chapel for many years.
It will also feature Psalm 104, which Philip requested many years ago to be set to music by William Lovelady, and which was first sung in honor of Philip’s 75.e birthday.
The hymn Eternal Father, Strong to Save reflects his strong attachment to the Royal Navy and is traditionally associated with seafarers and the maritime armed forces.
The Dean of Windsor, Rt Rev David Conner, will pay tribute to Philip’s “kindness, humor and humanity”. “With grateful hearts we remember the many ways his long life blessed us,” he said of the Duke, who died last Friday at the age of 99. “We were inspired by her unwavering loyalty to our Queen, by her service to the nation and the Commonwealth, by her courage, courage and faith.
Welby will give thanks in prayers “for his steadfast faith and loyalty, for his high sense of duty and integrity, for his life in service to the nation and the Commonwealth, and for the courage and inspiration of its leaders. “.
For a penniless prince, forced to flee Corfu and sleep in an 18 month old orange box, with only the worthless title Prince Philip of Greece, the Duke has amassed a very long list of styles and titles, which will be read to the service. by the garter king of arms.
Only 30 mourners are allowed, and all will wear masks and sit 2 meters apart during the 50-minute service, which ends with a Royal Marines bugle sounding the then action stations. that the coffin is lowered into the royal vault under the altar. The command of the warship’s bugle call to rush to the battle stations was specifically requested by the Duke, a commander of the Royal Navy and a WWII veteran.
Wreaths arriving at St George’s Chapel included one from Prime Minister Boris Johnson with the message: “In grateful memory of a man to whom the nation owes more than words can say.” With the public being urged to stay away, Johnson will watch the service on TV at Checkers, his country residence.
A tribute from the Royal Navy read: “In thanks for an exceptional life of all ranks of the Royal Navy. Clear winds and sea following. “
Mike Tindall paid tribute to the Duke as “a dedicated family man who will be missed forever but who will always love us”.
The former England rugby player, married to the Queen and Philip’s granddaughter, Zara Tindall, has posted a photo from the Duke’s royal family personal photo albums with the Tindalls’ eldest daughter Mia. Taken by the Duchess of Cambridge, it shows Mia and her great-grandfather eating as they sat together on a bench in front of a wooden cabin.
The Queen has posted a private photo of herself and Philip, taken in 2003 by the Countess of Wessex on the grass at the Coyles of Muick, a beauty spot near the town of Ballater in Aberdeenshire. The couple are smiling and seem completely at ease.
The Queen was spotted driving her Jaguar X-type through the grounds of Windsor Castle on Friday towards Frogmore Gardens, with her two new puppies, a corgi called Muick, named Loch Muick on the Balmoral Estate and a dorgi called Fergus, named after her. uncle Fergus Bowes-Lyon, killed in action during the First World War.
She also conducted telephone hearings with the Governor General of Australia, David Hurley, and the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, who offered their condolences.
Heathrow Airport said no planes will land or take off for six minutes to coincide with the national minute of silence at 3 p.m. at the start of the funeral.
The security operation surrounding the funeral was likely on a “significantly smaller scale” than previous ceremonies, according to a former counterterrorism chief. Nick Aldworth said the security operation could be “possibly the easiest royal funeral we’ve ever seen” as the event has been scaled down amid the coronavirus pandemic.