The Union Flag is currently flying at half mast above the building following the news that Prince Philip had died this morning.
Prayers will be said for him this evening at The Cathedral, and at 6pm a single bell will be toll once for each year of the Duke of Edinburgh’s life. will be toll once for each year of the Duke of Edinburgh’s life.
Today The Dean of Peterborough,
The Very Revd Chris Dalliston, Dean of Peterborough, said: “The Duke of Edinburgh served the nation with enormous distinction since his marriage to the, then, Princess Elizabeth in 1947.
“Patron to over 780 organisations and Chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme, his sense of duty and commitment to the common good have, throughout his long life, been a remarkable counterpoint to the Queen’s own devoted service to the nation.
“The Prince had something of a reputation for being outspoken and his career was not without moments of controversy, but today we celebrate the life and mourn the passing of a man whose dedication, faithfulness and strength of character have for over 70 years been a pillar, not only of the Royal Family, but of our country and the Commonwealth. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.”
Peterborough Cathedral is open for private prayer only at present due to lockdown restrictions, but anyone who wishes to call in for a moment of reflection or to light a candle is welcome to do so. Normal opening times are noon until 2pm, but these have been extended today until 6pm. Over this weekend (Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th April) opening for prayer will be from noon until 4m.
People who attend for private prayer are respectfully asked not to bring floral or other tributes to the Cathedral, to avoid the risk of spreading the Covid infection.
The Duke of Edinburgh will also be remembered in prayers at the 10.30am Eucharist service this coming Sunday, which is both open for public attendance and will be live streamed via the links here: Live Stream services.