Order of Service at Westminster Abbey
The funeral service of Diana, Princess of Wales will reflect the life and times of the Princess, combining both traditional and modern elements in a service which will last approximately 45 minutes.
Before the service, the Tenor Bell will toll every minute as the cortège makes its way from Kensington Palace to the Abbey. Organ music before the service will include pieces by Mendelssohn, Bach, Dvorak, Vaughan Williams and Elgar.
After the cortège has entered the Abbey through the Great West Door, the congregation will sing the National Anthem.
The cortège, preceded by the Collegiate Body, will then move to the Quire and Sacrarium, accompanied by choral music sung by the Abbey choir. The congregation will remain standing as the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr Wesley Carr, says The Bidding. This will be followed by the singing of I vow to thee, my country, a hymn by Cecil Spring-Rice to music by Holst.
The congregation will then sit for the first Reading, by the Princess's eldest sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale:
If I should die and leave you here awhile,
After the reading, The BBC Singers, together with the soprano Lynne Dawson, will sing an extract from Verdi's Requiem.
The congregation will remain seated for the second Reading, by the Princess's elder sister, Lady Jane Fellowes:
Time is too slow for those who wait,
All then stand to sing the hymn The King of love my shepherd is, and will then sit while the Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Tony Blair, MP, reads from 1 Corinthians 13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
After the Prime Minister has finished reading, Elton John will sing a special arrangement of his song Candle In The Wind:
Goodbye England's rose;
The congregation remain seated for The Tribute by the Princess's brother, The Earl Spencer.
They then stand to sing the hymn Make me a channel of your peace by St Francis of Assisi.
The congregation then sits and are led in prayers by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr George Carey, beginning with the following prayer for Diana, Princess of Wales:
We give thanks to God for Diana, Princess of Wales; for her sense of joy and for the way she gave so much to so many people.
There then follow prayers for the Princess's family; for the Royal family, for all who mourn and for the Princess's life and work:
The Princess will be especially missed by the many charities with which she identifed herself. We recall those precious images: the affectionate cuddle of children in hospital; that touch of the young man dying of AIDS; her compassion for those maimed through the evil of land mines - and many more.
The prayers will conclude with the offering of a prayer for the congregation, after which the choristers will sing An Air From County Derry before The Archbishop leads the congregation in reciting The Lord's Prayer. After The Lord's Prayer, The Archbishop will say The Blessing.
The congregation will then stand to sing the great Welsh hymn Guide me, O thou great Redeemer.
Following the hymn, the Dean of Westminster will say The Commendation:
Let us commend our sister Diana to the mercy of God, our Maker and Redeemer.
The congregation will remain standing as the cortège leaves the Abbey, as the choir sings extracts from Shakespeare's Hamlet and the Orthodox Funeral Service, set to music by John Taverner:
Alleluia. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.
ONE MINUTE SILENCE
At the west end of the Abbey the cortège will halt for a one minute silence, observed by the nation.
The cortège will then leave the Abbey for the journey to Althorp, as the half-muffled bells of the Abbey ring.
Information from the Royal Webpage.