HM The Queen and senior Royals to attend St Paul's service for Afghanistan
27 February 2015
At the service, to be held on Friday 13 March at 11am and broadcast live on BBC1, The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will be accompanied by The Prince
of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, The Duke of York and The Earl and Countess of Wessex.
The Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Secretary of State for Defence, Service Chiefs and other senior political and military figures will also attend. They will be alongside members of the Armed Forces, veterans, the next of kin of deceased personnel, representatives of military and aid charities and organisations, and the UK’s NATO allies in Afghanistan from 2001 - 2014. Representatives of the Afghan nation will also be present, together with leaders of world faiths.
|Bidding Prayer - The Very Reverend David Ison, Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral|
|Reflection - led by The Reverend Canon Michael Hampel, Precentor of St Paul’s Cathedral; with The Right Reverend Nigel Stock, Bishop to HM Forces; and chaplains to HM Forces|
|Remembrance - led by The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, during which the Camp Bastion cross will be rededicated|
|Address - The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury|
|Prayers of Intercession - led by the Reverend Rosemary Morton, Succentor of St Paul’s Cathedral; and service personnel; and relatives|
|An Act of Commitment to the Common Good - led by the Right Reverend and Right Honourable Richard Chartres, Bishop of London|
|Blessing - The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury|
|Musicians - Service sung by the St Paul’s Cathedral Choir, conducted by Andrew Carwood, Director of Music. Simon Johnson, Organist and Assistant Director of Music, will play during the service|
Kyrie from Messe de Requiem, Maurice Durufle
The song of the tree of life, Ralph Vaughan Williams
Strengthen ye the weak hands, William Harris
God so loved the world, John Stainer
God is Love: let heav’n adore him (Blaenwern)
For the healing of the nations (Westminster Abbey)
Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us (Mannheim)
Ye that know the Lord is gracious (Hyfrydol)
|Bells - Half-muffled before the service; Unmuffled after the service|
No tickets are available through St Paul's.
Invitations to the service for the next of kin of deceased service personnel will be issued in February via the single service welfare offices.
Invitations to the armed forces will be issued by their respective Service.
Further details on the event will be announced in due course on www.gov.uk
A press operations note detailing media accreditation will be issued via the Ministry of Defence.