Remembrance Service for the Duke of Edinburgh to be held this morning

A remembrance service for the Duke of Edinburgh is to be held in Canterbury Cathedral this morning as the UK observes a period of official mourning.

It will be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who is also expected to lead Prince Philip’s funeral next Saturday.

The cathedral service will start at 10.30am and will be livestreamed.

Some sporting events have been rescheduled during eight days of national mourning.

The Prince of Wales has said his “dear papa” will be missed “enormously”.

The UK is officially in a period of national mourning for the next week, up to and including Prince Philip’s funeral on the afternoon of Saturday April 17.

The royal family are being helped through this “particularly sad time” by the public outpouring of support following the death of the “much-loved” Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales has said.

Prince Philip’s wishes are the driving force behind the funeral plans, and on the day his coffin will be transported from the castle to the chapel in a specially modified Land Rover he helped to design, and followed by Charles and senior royals on foot.

PA Image: Archbishop of Canterbury

The coffin will be covered by the duke’s personal standard together with his naval cap and sword and a wreath of flowers.

Only 30 people – expected to be the Duke’s children, grandchildren and other close family – will attend as guests, but the Duchess of Sussex has been advised by her doctor not to travel to the UK for the funeral, a Palace spokesman said.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has given up his seat at the funeral to allow a family member to attend, No. 10 said.

While all public elements of the funeral to take place entirely in the grounds of the castle have been cancelled, it will be televised.

You watch the service on the following link:

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