The Duke of Edinburgh - paying tribute

Guidance for ringing for the Duke of Edinburgh

Following conversations with the Church of England, half-muffled tolling or chiming of a single bell on Saturday 10 April 2021 at 12 noon, 99 times or up to 5 minutes is recommended following the announcement of the death the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Cabinet Office has declared eight days of official mourning, during which time any other ringing should be half-muffled and in accordance with current Covid-19 restrictions. Half-muffled tolling or chiming of a single bell is recommended on the day of the funeral. There is no special dispensation of current ringing guidance on Sunday.

Books of condolence

Please be advised that the Government has requested that - in order to reduce the risk of Coronavirus transmission during this period - local churches do not offer physical books of condolence for people to sign. Instead, please direct people to the online book of condolence, which is available here.


Flags around the diocese should now be flown at half-mast during the period of mourning.