Prince Philip to be honoured with spring service at Westminster Abbey

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A service of thanksgiving for the life of the Duke of Edinburgh will take place at Westminster Abbey in spring 2022, Buckingham Palace has announced.

Prince Philip, the Queen’s husband of 74 years, died aged 99 on April 9, 2021.

It is understood the guest-list is being finalised and a date for the event will be confirmed soon.

It is thought that friends, family, dignitaries and representatives of the charities and organisations with which the duke was associated will be invited.

The duke’s funeral was held on April 17 at St. George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle . Only 30 mourners were allowed to attend and the Queen had to sit alone because of coronavirus restrictions.

The Queen shared her “great sadness” at her husband’s death in a moving message to mark her 95th birthday four days later.

She said: “I have, on the occasion of my 95th birthday today, received many messages of good wishes, which I very much appreciate.

“While as a family we are in a period of great sadness, it has been a comfort to us all to see and hear the tributes paid to my husband, from those within the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and around the world.

“My family and I would like to thank you for all the support and kindness shown to us in recent days. We have been deeply touched, and continue to be reminded that Philip had such an extraordinary impact on countless people throughout his life.”

The announcement of the service for the duke came shortly after it was revealed the Queen will spend Christmas at Windsor Castle with her eldest son, Prince Charles, and his wife Camilla.

The Queen, who usually spends the festive period at Sandringham in Norfolk, decided to remain at Windsor this year amid the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.

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