Tomorrow marks the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, and Their Majesties Chappell, St Peter’s Church, will be celebrating that event with a special service in lieu of its regular morning services.
“We felt that since the Queen gave us the title last year, it would be mean spirited not to do so,” explained Maj Rev David Raths, who serves as the rector.
The service commences at 11am and many dignitaries are expected to attend, including the Governor George Fergusson and his wife, Premier Craig Cannonier and his wife, and Mayor of St George Garth Rothwell, among others.
The children of the Sunday School are expected to line the steps that lead up to the 400-year-old church to welcome dignitaries, and will also be singing during the service.
“We also have a piece of the Coronation cloth that was at Westminster Abbey,” Rev Raths shared.
“It is a gorgeous royal blue with a special design for the Coronation with the crown, the English rose, the thistle of Scotland, the shamrocks of Ireland and the leek representing Wales.”
The piece will be on display for the service. It is made of silk and features gold lurex, was woven by silk weaving firm Warner and Sons Ltd, under the direction of Alec Hunter, specifically for the 1953 Coronation. The cloth was later divided and sent to various places around the world.
The Cathedral has also loaned a Verger’s Wand, which was used at the Coronation service as well, and will be used in the procession of the commemorative service.
All are welcome to attend and guests are encouraged to attend a Coronation Tea following the service. The church is also inviting all to bring their own Royal Tea cups for use and display at the tea.