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Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Following the sad news of the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, we are now in a period of national mourning which will conclude on 17 April inclusive.

There will be a national one-minute silence at 3pm on 17 April, the day of the funeral.

Although this is an extraordinarily difficult time for many, the government has asked the public not to gather at Royal Residences and to continue to follow public health advice particularly on avoiding meeting in large groups and on minimising travel.

The online Bedfordshire Book of Condolence for HRH The Duke of Edinburgh is now available for those who wish to send a personal message of condolence.

What we're doing in Bedfordshire

As a mark of respect, we're flying the flag at half-mast.

Bedfordshire Book of Condolence

A service of thanksgiving to celebrate the life of His Royal Highness in the presence of HM The Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire will be held at 5pm on Friday, 16 April 2021 at The County Church of St Paul's in Bedford.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, you are invited to join from your homes, live via YouTube, at 5pm. An edited version will be available to view after the service.

Councillor Richard Wenham, Leader of Central Bedfordshire Council has said:

On behalf of Central Bedfordshire Council,  we join the nation in expressing our sadness at the news of the passing of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. 

You can also view the statement from HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis.


Many people may also think of showing their sadness and respect for The Duke by laying flowers. In this time of pandemic, The Royal Family has expressly asked that instead of floral tributes, people might consider instead giving a donation to a charity of their choice.

You can read more on the Palace website.