Prince Philip memorial: Westminster Abbey service ends after Queen attends with Prince Andrew

Prince Charles and Camilla, Prince Andrew, Prince William and Kate Middleton attended the service to remember the Duke of Edinburgh

Kate Ng
Tuesday 29 March 2022 20:45
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Queen Elizabeth arrives on Andrew’s arm to Prince Philp’s memorial service
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A memorial for the late Duke of Edinburgh has taken place at Westminster Abbey from 10.30am today, Tuesday 29 March.

The Service of Thanksgiving was held at Westminster Abbey and saw a 1,800-strong congregation gather to honour Prince Philip’s life.

The Queen arrived at the service accompanied by the Duke of York, who also walked her down the aisle in the abbey to her seat. He then took his own seat in the front row of the congregation.

The service came after the 95-year-old head of state pulled out of the Commonwealth Day service earlier this month due to mobility issues, and has previously spoken about her struggle to move.

Earlier reports said the Queen was “determined” to be at the service. The Palace said she was actively involved in plans for the service, with many elements reflecting her wishes.

Follow our liveblog to get the latest updates on Philip’s memorial today.

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Good morning, and welcome to The Independent’s liveblog following the latest updates on Prince Philip’s memorial.

Kate Ng29 March 2022 09:07
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Queen to attend Prince Philip’s memorial

Buckingham Palace has confirmed that the Queen will be present at Prince Philip’s memorial today.

Her Majesty is “currently intending to go to the Service of Thanksgiving for the life of the Duke of Edinburgh”, it said.

It comes after speculation that the 95-year-old monarch may not have been able to go due to mobility issues.

Our Lifestyle Reporter Saman Javed has the story:

Kate Ng29 March 2022 09:20
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When and where will Prince Philip’s memorial take place?

Here’s everything you need to know about the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial, and how you can watch it today:

Where and when will Prince Philip’s memorial take place?

The Queen and other senior members of the royal family are expected to attend

Kate Ng29 March 2022 09:24
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Which members of the royal family will attend Prince Philip’s memorial?

The royal family is marking the anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death today in a Service of Thanksgiving - but which senior members are attending and which aren’t?

Our deputy lifestyle editor Laura Hampson has all the details:

All the royal family members attending Prince Philip’s memorial

The memorial will take place on Tuesday 29 March

Kate Ng29 March 2022 09:37
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Prince Philip’s memorial will go ahead

The Duke of Edinburgh will be remembered today in a Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey, which will be attended by 1,800-strong congregation.

Read our report on what will take place during the memorial:

Prince Philip’s memorial to go ahead as Buckingham Palace confirms Queen will attend

An estimated 1,800 people are expected to attend the service

Kate Ng29 March 2022 09:50
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Royal fans gather outside Westminster Abbey ahead of service

A small crowd of royal enthusiasts have gathered outside Westminster Abbey ahead of the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial.

Around 50 people have congregated beside barriers near the entrance to the abbey, hoping to catch a glimpse of members of the royal family as they enter the service.

Here are some of the scenes outside Westminster Abbey right now:

Royal fan John Loughrey waits for the arrivals for a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of the Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey

A royal enthusiast, dressed in a Union Jack flag suit, holds a bag with Queen Elizabeth's portrait before the service of thanksgiving for late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Royal fans including Joseph Afrane (right) wait for the arrivals for a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of the Duke of Edinburgh

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What is the order of service for Prince Philip’s memorial?

Curious about what will happen at Prince Philip’s memorial? Joanna Whitehead has all the details:

In full: The order of service for Prince Philip’s memorial service

The service will pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh’s contribution to public life and support of over 700 charitable organisations

Kate Ng29 March 2022 10:12
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Guests have begun to arrive at Westminster Abbey to attend the memorial of the Duke of Edinburgh.

So far, England’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty and former Formula One driver Jackie Stewart have been pictured walking up the steps into the abbey.

According to the PA news agency, the Queen is on her way from Windsor, accompanied by Prince Andrew.

Kate Ng29 March 2022 10:38
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The Queen is on her way to Westminster Abbey

The Queen has begun her journey from Windsor to central London for the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial, accompanied by the Duke of York.

Prince Andrew has a front row seat at the Service of Thanksgiving, close to his other siblings, the PA news agency has reported.

On Andrew’s left will be his brother the Earl of Wessex and Edward’s family the Countess of Wessex and their children Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.

Across an aisle on his right will the Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince of Wales and the Queen.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte will also attend with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and be sat behind the Queen. Behind Andrew and Edward’s family will be Peter Phillips, and Zara and Mike Tindall and their daughters.

This will be the Duke’s first public appearance since he reached a settlement with Virginia Giuffre in the sex abuse case leveled against him. Andrew has consistently denied ever meeting Giuffre, but came to a multi-million pound agreement to stop the case from proceeding to trial.

Kate Ng29 March 2022 10:41
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Prince Philip: A life in pictures

As we wait for the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial to get underway, Joanna Whitehead takes us on a photographic trip down memory lane:

Prince Philip: A life in pictures from 1921-2021

The Duke of Edinburgh remembered in pictures

Kate Ng29 March 2022 10:50

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