His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh

10 June 1921 — 9 April 2021

The Dean and the Chapter and the entire cathedral community extend our deepest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and her family following the death of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh. We assure her of our prayers for her and her family in their time of grief and our prayers of thanksgiving for the long life of service Prince Philip gave to our nation and to the Commonwealth. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

An online Book of Condolence has been set up at Guildford Cathedral for any members of the community who would like to add their name in thanksgiving for the life of Prince Philip and the lasting contribution he has made to the life of our nation and the Commonwealth.

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Construction of the Nave

Through the generosity of the brick-givers construction on the Nave started in 1955. To mark the occasion, a Great Pilgrimage was organized from the town centre to Stag Hill. It involved representative groups from most parishes in the Diocese as was probably the largest ever gathering on Stag Hill for an act of worship and celebration.

Building work continued for the next 6 years, following Maufe’s design

In 1957 HM The Queen and Prince Philip visited to lay a stone at the West end to the Nave floor, marking progress. By 1961 building work was not complete but plans were made for Consecration.