AHEAD of the funeral of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, today, a Civic Service of Thanksgiving for his life was held at Coventry Cathedral yesterday evening.
The event – which followed Covid-19 guidelines, had guests limited to 30 and social distancing in place – can be watched by clicking the link above.
Guests included Deputy Lord Mayor of Coventry Coun John McNicholas, Coventry City Council leader, Coun George Duggins; leader of the Coventry Conservative Group at the council, Coun Gary Ridley, Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands George Marsh, High Sheriff of the West Midlands, Louise Bennett and representatives from the emergency services and armed forces.
There was also representatives of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme in the city.
The service was given by The Right Reverend Dr Christopher Cocksworth, Bishop of Coventry.
Lord Mayor of Coventry, Coun Ann Lucas, said: “Through his work, HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, has left an incredible legacy and has helped to improve the lives of people across the world, including many here in our own city.
“This service allowed our city to celebrate that and give thanks for an incredible lifetime of service and dedication.”
As part of the service, the Coventry Peace Bell was rung. The Peace Bell was presented to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany on November 14, 1990, the 50th anniversary of the Coventry Blitz.
To see an order of service, or to leave a message on the Cathedral’s online Book of Remembrance, visit the website here.
Messages can also be left on the Council’s online Book of Condolence here.