Prince William read the Garter Prayer, part of the annual service for Knights of the Order of the Garter, with which the late Duke had been honoured.
Lady Edwina, the late Duke’s second daughter and a campaigner for prisoner reform and rehabilitation, delivered an emotional reading titled ‘A letter to my father’.
Grosvenor Estate has revealed an excerpt from the letter, which read:
“You taught me so much.
"Fight for what you believe in.
"Don’t ever give up.
"If you are knocked down, dust yourself off... and get back on your feet.”
Distinguished tenor Ian Bostridge CBE accompanied by Andrew Wyatt, assistant director of music at Chester Cathedral, performed Panis Angelicus by Cesar Franck.
Readings were also given by the 7th Duke of Westminster, Hugh Grosvenor, who read his father’s favourite poem, If, by Rudyard Kipling, and Richard Lyttleton, cousin of the late Duke, who read Revelation 21: 1-7.
Tributes were given by Jeremy Newsum, executive trustee of the Grosvenor Estate who spoke of his long business partnership with the late Duke; General Sir Timothy Granville-Chapman, programme director of the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre who spoke of the Duke’s military career; and Andrew Hay, a close family friend and relative.
Donations were invited to the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC), an initiative of the late Duke to create a new 21st century rehabilitation centre for the armed services and the nation.
After the service the Duchess of Westminster thanked Cheshire Constabulary, the Dean and staff of Chester Cathedral and the leader, officers and staff of Cheshire West and Chester Council, together with other emergency services, for their tremendous assistance in the event.
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The service was led by the Dean of Chester, the Very Revd Professor Gordon McPhate.
Other members of clergy in attendance were Bishop of Chester, Rt Revd Dr Peter Forster; Bishop of Birkenhead, Rt Revd Keith Sinclair; Rt Revd James Jones (former Bishop of Liverpool); Vice Dean of Chester Cathedral, Canon Peter Howell-Jones; Canon Precentor of Chester Cathedral, Canon Jeremy Dussek; Canon Chancellor of Chester Cathedral, Canon Jane Brooke; Revd Canon Mike Kirby; Revd Canon Roger Clarke.
The service was sung by the Choir of Chester Cathedral, conducted by Philip Rushforth (Director of Music); the organ was played by Andrew Wyatt (Assistant Director of Music) and Rachel Mahon (Assistant Organist).
The service also featured the Manchester Brass Ensemble and the Chester Male Voice Choir (of which Her Grace, the Duchess of Westminster is a patron).
The bell-ringers of Chester Cathedral rang a quarter peal before the service.
Hymns sung by the congregation and Chester Cathedral Choir included:
- Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven , Henry Francis Lyte (1793 – 1847) | John Goss (1800 – 1880)
- Thine be the glory , Edmund L Budry (1854 – 1932), translated by Richard B Hoyle (1875 – 1939)
- Maccabeus , George Frideric Handel (1685 – 1759)
- Mine eyes have seen the glory , Julia Ward Howe (1819 – 1910)
- Battle Hymn of the Republic , traditional American melody collected and edited by William Steffe (1830 – 1890)