Queen heartbroken not to hear special hymn play at Prince Philip’s funeral as he wanted it


THE QUEEN would be saddened to see a hymn Prince Philip particularly liked excluded from the funeral service, according to royal commentator Eve Pollard.

Ms Pollard said: “Apparently Prince Philip was very keen for that naval hymn, ‘For those in peril on the Sea.’

“I think the idea of there being no music, no bugler, no choir, nothing to help the royal thought this would be very hard.

“Prince Philip himself said put me in a Land Rover and send me up to Windsor, that’s all I want.

“It is his dream of a very quiet funeral and it will be perhaps very special.”

Eternal Father, Strong to Save is a hymn traditionally associated with the Royal Navy and is also known as the Royal Navy Hymn.

Written in 1860, the hymn was inspired by the dangers seafarers face described in Psalm 107 and has also been widely known by its final verse, ‘For those in peril on the sea.’

Prince Philip was a committed naval officer since first joining the Royal Naval College Dartmouth in 1939 and continued to serve through World Worl 2 until the Queen ascended the throne in 1952.

She continued: “I hope there will be an amazing memorial service at such time when we can have it and there will be everything he would have wanted at that.

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Prince Philip and the Queen were married for nearly 74 years (Image: GETTY)

“I just think a bugler, a bit of music, a sound will be very important.”

The Duke of Edinburgh is believed to have requested minimal fuss for his funeral and not be laid in state for members of the public to view his coffin.

Instead, the royal will lie at rest in the Royal Family’s private chapel at Windsor Castle before being transported to St. George’s Chapel for his funeral.

The move will be made in a specially-created Land Rover the Duke himself helped design.

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Prince Philip’s funeral will be limited to 30 members of the Royal Family and aides (Image: EXPRESS.CO.UK)

Prince Philip became a member of the Royal Family through his marriage to then-Princess Elizabeth in 1948.

He renounced all foreign titles he inherited as a member of the Danish and Greek royal families and received the title of Duke of Edinburgh upon his marriage.

Through his over 60 years as a working royal, the Duke is estimated to have carried out over 20,000 engagements on behalf of the Queen.

Prince Philip also played a pivotal role in spearheading the discourse on the environment with the creation of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).


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