Paying tribute to HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh

Published on 12th April 2021

HRH the Duke of Edinburgh

Arrangements for paying tribute to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

National period of mourning

As a mark of respect, the flag at the council’s Municipal Offices is being flown at half-mast and will remain in that position until 8am on the day after His Royal Highness’s funeral.

Books of condolence

An online Book of Condolence is now available at

Floral tributes

In order to comply with COVID-19 restrictions in place, and to prevent the spread of infection, in line with Government guidance we respectfully ask members of the public not to lay flowers or other memorial items such as candles, messages and mementoes, at Royal Residences or other public spaces in and around Cheltenham.

An alternative for members of the public who wish to make a tribute to His Royal Highness has been suggested by the Royal Household - giving to a charity of their choosing or to one of the charities or organisations that The Duke of Edinburgh supported in his public duties. A list of His Royal Highness’s patronages, and how you can donate, can be found at

Funeral arrangements - 17 April

The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral will take place on Saturday 17 April at 3pm in St George’s Chapel, Windsor. The service will be preceded by a ceremonial procession inside the grounds of Windsor Castle.

The funeral service will begin with a national minute’s silence at 3pm.

The plans for the funeral are in line with The Duke of Edinburgh's own personal wishes, and the occasion will recognise and celebrate The Duke’s life and his more than 70 years of service to The Queen, the UK and the Commonwealth.

Cheltenham businesses or other organisations wishing to pay their respects by half-masting flags or holding silences should follow the guidance that has been issued by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

For further information, please refer to the Royal Website or GOV.UK.

The following message is on behalf of the Diocese of Gloucester and the Gloucestershire Lieutenancy:

County Memorial Evensong Service in thanksgiving for the life of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh – 20 April 2021


Gloucester Cathedral, in partnership with the Diocese of Gloucester and the Gloucestershire Lieutenancy, will live-stream a Memorial Evensong Service to celebrate and give thanks for the life of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

On Tuesday 20 April 2021 at 5.30pm, you are warmly invited to join us online only for this special commemorative Evensong Service coming live from the Quire of Gloucester Cathedral.

Representatives of the County will be taking part and the Blessing will be given by Bishop Rachel. An order of service will be available to download so that you can follow the service in your own home.

The service will be live-streamed on Gloucester Cathedral’s website and social media channels.

During the current restrictions, the Cathedral will remain open daily between 11.00am - 4.00pm (12noon – 4.00pm on Sundays), for those wishing to say prayers or light a candle. Please be aware that the Cathedral will close at 2.30pm on Saturday 17 April to allow staff to join in the minute silence at 3.00pm and watch the funeral of Prince Philip. We highly recommend you check our website for daily opening times.



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