Prince Philip: Virtual service of remembrance to be live-streamed from Northampton's All Saints' Church

Invitation from county's Lord-Lieutenant Public for all to join event from 11am on Friday

Northamptonshire's Lord-Lieutenant will join a virtual service of prayer and remembrance tomorrow (Friday April 16) following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.

Only a limited number of invitees will attend the event in person, representing communities from across the county.

But the event will be live-streamed from All Saints' Church in Northampton from 11am with an invitation for all to join in the service.

Northampton's All Saints' Church

The Lord-Lieutenant, James Saunders Watson, said: “It is important for everyone to have an opportunity to commemorate His Royal Highness, which is why I’ve been keen to ensure that the service is live-streamed.

“Similar events will be taking place in counties across the country, bringing together small numbers of civic and faith leaders to represent their communities.

“I hope many people from across the county will join us for the event. However, if anyone is unable to view the live-streaming due to other commitments, the service will be recorded and available after the event.”

Lord-Lieutenant is a historic role as the sovereign's representative in the County dating back to the 16th century.

Prince Philip died last Friday (April 9) just two months short of his 100th birthday. Photo: Getty Images

The Lord-Lieutenant, following the example of Her Majesty The Queen, seeks to promote a good atmosphere and a spirit of co-operation by the encouragement given to voluntary services and to benevolent organisations, and by the interest taken in the industrial and social life of the County.

Father Oliver Coss, Rector of All Saints', added: “We would urge as many people as possible to join us virtually for this event, to remember Prince Philip and the contribution he has made to public life in our country and the across commonwealth.

“This event has been organised in partnership with other organisations across the county and it is regrettable that we have to limit numbers of physical attendees.

“However, we’re pleased that technology allows us to reach those who might have joined us in church, as well as many more whom we hope will join in our county commemoration.”

Lord-Lieutenant, James Saunders Watson

The service can be viewed live on the All Saints’ Church YouTube page and will also be available to view back using the same link.

Prince Philip died last Friday (April 9), aged 99. A funeral service is to be held in St George's Chapel at Windsor on Saturday with just 30 guests due to coronavirus restrictions.

Under the plans, the Duke's coffin will be carried on a specially modified Land Rover, which he helped design.

The Prince of Wales and other royals will take part in the procession on foot.

Northamptonshire health officials have asked the public to stick to Covid-19 guidelines while paying their own tributes with no indoor gatherings and a limit of six people at outdoor gatherings.

Readers of the Northampton Chronicle & Echo, Northants Telegraph and Daventry Express can leave their own tributes to the duke in a Book of Condolence.