In memory of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

In memory of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

10 June 1921 – 9 April 2021

The Chapter of Wells Cathedral joins so many others from across the U.K. and the Commonwealth in giving thanks for the life of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His life of exemplary service to HM The Queen and our country will long be remembered with gratitude.

Many are now coming into the Cathedral to light candles, leave flowers, and to join in worship, giving thanks for Prince Philip and praying for The Queen and her family in their loss: All are welcome in Somerset’s Cathedral.

With Covid-19 restrictions in mind, there is a national book of condolence on the Church of England’s website where you may leave an online message here.


John Davies

Dean of Wells

An invitation to Wells Cathedral Choral Evensong:

A service of Thanksgiving for the life of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921 -2021)

Friday 16th April 2021, 5.15pm


The Lord Lieutenant of Somerset and the Chapter of Wells invite you to this service of Choral Evensong to give thanks for the life of the Duke of Edinburgh and his more than 70 years of service to the Queen, the UK, and the Commonwealth.

The Cathedral’s tenor bell will be tolled before the service and you are asked to be seated by no later than 5.00pm. Entry to the Cathedral for the service will be from 4.15pm. No tickets are needed and there is no reservation of seats, unless directly participating in the service.

In present circumstances, social distancing measures will be in place in the Cathedral. We are fully compliant with safety measures as advised by the Government and the Church of England. Face coverings are mandatory, unless exempt.

Please R.S.V.P. by Wednesday 14th April 5.00pm to Debbie Jones, with your name and household size for seating layout purposes.


An Online Service of Commemoration

An online Service of Commemoration on the eve of the Funeral of His Late Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921-2021). Pre-recorded for streaming at 5.15 p.m. on Friday, 16th April 2021.



All are invited to join in prayer:

God of our lives,
we give thanks for the life of Prince Philip,
for his love of our country,
and for his devotion to duty.
We entrust him now to your love and mercy,
through our Redeemer Jesus Christ. Amen.


A statement from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, can be found here.

And a statement from the Bishop of Bath and Wells, Peter Hancock, can be found here. 

Listen to our Music

Wells Cathedral re-opens to all visitors on Monday 17 May 2021. Please note: The Cathedral, Shop and Café will be closing at the earlier time of 1pm on Monday 17th May. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.