Statement by the Rector of Bath Abbey on the Death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip

We are deeply saddened by the death of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. For the next nine days, Bath Abbey will be open daily, with Covid safety measures in place, for all who wish to pray and pay their respects.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family, and with all who grieve. May each one know the strong hope of the Resurrection this Eastertide, and may Prince Philip rest in Peace, and rise in Glory. Amen.

Canon Guy Bridgewater
Rector of Bath Abbey

Visiting & Services

Bath Abbey is open for private prayer from Monday to Saturday, 12.00pm - 4.00pm and Sundays 12.00pm - 3.00pm. We have extended booking for this Sunday's services on Eventbrite until tomorrow afternoon  (Saturday 10 April), in case anyone now wishes to attend any of our services.

Prayers for His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, will be said on the hour by Abbey chaplains and at upcoming services, including our Sunday Communion Service (11th April, 10.15am) which will be live-streamed on

Further details will be confirmed over the next few days.

Bath Abbey flag and Bells

For the eight day period of mourning, the flag from the top of the Abbey Tower will fly at half mast. In line with churches around the country, the Abbey's tenor (our heaviest bell) will be tolled, half-muffled, 99 times at 12pm on Saturday 11 April 2021. All tolling is to be half-muffled for the period of mourning.

Online Book of Condolence & Other Resources

Those wishing to pay their respects to His Royal Highness Prince Philip are invited to submit a message to the Church of England's online book of condolence.

A special Choral Evensong will be broadcast tomorrow (Saturday 10th April) from St Paul's Cathedral at 5.00pm on BBC Radio 3.

Prayer of Thanksgiving for HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

God of our lives,
We give thanks for the life of Prince Philip,
for his love of our country,
and for his devotion to duty.
We entrust him now to your love and mercy,
through our Redeemer Jesus Christ.