Buckingham Palace

Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements from the Royal Family will made in due course.

A statement from the Bishop of Lincoln, the Rt Revd Christopher Lowson on the death of the Duke of Edinburgh

In hearing the news of the death of His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh during this Easter season, the most important contribution we as Christians can make is to pray for him, that he will rest in peace and rise in glory.  As a diocese we, of course, also hold Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family in our prayers in their bereavement.  Prince Philip was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He lived a life characterised by duty and in his support of the Queen over many years, of self-effacement.  For many generations Prince Philip has been at the heart of our life as a nation, empire and commonwealth. He will be greatly missed by many parts of our community life. 

Today is a day of grief but also a day of thanksgiving for all that His Royal Highness have given to us as individuals, as subjects of our nation and as citizens of the Commonwealth of Nations.

+Christopher Lincoln:

There are opportunities for private prayer in Lincoln Cathedral and other churches throughout the diocese (please check with your nearest church).

Bell ringing - a message from the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers (Friday 9 April)

Following conversations with the Church of England today, half-muffled tolling or chiming of a single bell on Saturday 10th April 2021 at 12 noon, 99 times or up to 5 minutes is recommended following the announcement of the death the Duke of Edinburgh. The Cabinet Office has declared 8 days of official mourning, during which time any other ringing should be half-muffled and in accordance with current Covid-19 restrictions. Half-muffled tolling or chiming of a single bell is recommended on the day of the funeral. There is no special dispensation of current ringing guidance on Sunday.      

Lincoln Cathedral

The Cathedral has opened an online book of condolence. You can add a message here.


The Church of England - statements from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York on the death of HRH Prince Philip

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby has made a statement.

The Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, has also made a statement

The Church of England online book of condolence

An online book of condolence is available to individuals or church communities who wish to sign and record a message.