The Friends of Canterbury Cathedral are getting ready for a once-in-a-lifetime royal event in London on Sunday (12 June 2016)and have been decorating their office window near the Christ Church gate in the Cathedral Precincts.
Here Friends Secretary and Administrator Caroline Plaisted writes about the event:
On Sunday The Mall in St James’s Park will be transformed for its largest ever street party to celebrate The Queen’s patronage of over 600 charities and organisations on the occasion of her 90th birthday.
The Patron’s Lunch will be an iconic event recognising the un-relenting support and service our Monarch has given to the community over her 63-year-reign. The Mall will be the centrepiece to a truly magnificent spectacle with 10,000 guests, the majority of which will be representatives from the Patron’s Organisations, taking part in a classic British ‘street party’.
This event will provide a very special opportunity for all who have been touched by Her Majesty The Queen to publicly thank her and to be proud of the work and service that their own charity or organisation has provided to this nation or those nations across the Commonwealth.
The Queen will be joined by the Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal Family to celebrate the occasion. Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry will reside as Joint-Presidents of The Patron’s Lunch; honouring the dedication shown by Her Majesty to so many charities and organisations. The day itself promises to deliver an electric festival-themed atmosphere that can be enjoyed not only by the guests on The Mall, but also by the general public who will be able to soak up the festivities at large screens situated in the Royal Parks, Green Park and St James’s Park.
The Queen has been First Friend on the Roll of The Friends of Canterbury Cathedral since 1952. In March 2015, The Queen came to the Cathedral to unveil the Royal Statues which were donated to the Cathedral by The Friends.
The Friends are honoured to be included in The Patron’s Lunch at which we will have a table for 16 guests to attend this once-in-a-lifetime experience. We are also proud that Daisy Burton from The Friends’ Office will lead a group of colleagues, including the Cathedral Vesturer Chris Crooks, Debbie Caton-Crooks from the Cathedral Shop, their son Fabian, and Sandra Heyworth from the Cathedral Lodge, as well as Friends’ Volunteers in the Entertainment Parade.