Prince Philip will receive a service of thanksgiving in Westminster Abbey, Spring 2022

Today, the Queen confirmed that she will hold at Westminster Abbey a memorial service in Spring to Prince Philip. 

Family, friends and dignitaries will be present at the congregation, as well representatives from many charitable and non-profit organisations to which Duke of Edinburgh is associated.

More details about the funeral will follow in the months. The service is likely to be held around one year following Philip’s passing at Windsor Castle, where he was 99 years old on April 9.  

It is believed that the Queen had been contemplating holding a national thanksgiving service for Philip for some time and now has rubber stamped it. 

Numerous organisations will be contacted to discuss plans for the service. Due to Covid-19’s ever-changing circumstances, arrangements are flexible. 

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said this afternoon: ‘The Queen has agreed that a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh will take place in the spring of 2022 at Westminster Abbey.’  

The Queen and Prince Philip in June 2014. The Duke of Edinburgh died on April 9 aged 99

The Queen and Prince Philip, June 2014. At 99 years old, The Duke of Edinburgh was killed on April 9.

The service will take place at Westminster Abbey in London in spring on a date to be confirmed

This service will be held at Westminster Abbey, London, in spring. The date is yet to confirm

The Queen plans to spend Christmas with her family at Windsor. She has abandoned plans for Sandringham. 

The 95-year-old monarch will be joined on Christmas Day by Prince Charles and Camilla in Berkshire, after Princess Anne had to drop out.

Their future spouses will likely include Prince Andrew and Sarah, the Duchess of York’s ex-wife and former husband, as well as their two daughters, Princess Beatrice (and Princess Eugenie).

The Earl and Countess of Wessex are also expected to be there, with their children, James, Viscount Severn, and Lady Louise – but Anne will not be attending.

Pallbearers carry Prince Philip's coffin for his funeral service at Windsor Castle on April 17

For Prince Philip’s funeral at Windsor Castle, April 17, 2017, pallbearers will carry his coffin.

The Queen was given a very festive welcome yesterday by Sir Timothy Laurence her son-inlaw, who contracted Covid. Anne and he couldn’t join him. 

A rising number of coronavirus cases had caused the Queen to cancel her Christmas dinner at Windsor this week for her extended families.

It was discovered that on Monday she also abandoned plans to travel to Sandringham, her Norfolk country estate for Christmas.

Sources claimed that the Queen did not feel it would be easy for her staff and family to travel safely between the residences, despite being reminded by the Government to remain cautious. One commented, “Her Majesty always follows by example.”