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Queen and Duke of Edinburgh to visit Essex next week

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will visit Chelmsford Cathedral in Chelmsford and Felsted School in Dunmow on Tuesday, 6 May.


The Royal couple will first stop at the cathedral to attend a service to mark the Diocese’s centenary year.

“People from all over this vast and diverse diocese, from East London and Essex, will be gathered in our Cathedral church to welcome Her Majesty the Queen. The Queen’s visit is the icing on the cake of our centenary year,” Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford stated.

The Dean of Chelmsford, Nicholas Henshall included: “It’s fantastic to be welcoming the Queen to this special celebration of the extraordinary contribution the churches make to the communities of Essex and East London.”

The public will be able to listen to the service inside the cathedral through loudspeakers in the cathedral churchyard.

Chelmsford Cathedral is consecrated to St Mary the Virgin, St Peter and St Cedd. In 1914 it became a cathedral due to the creation of the Anglican Diocese of Chelmsford.

The next stop for Her Majesty and The Duke will be Felsted School in Dunmow which is commemorating its 450th year.

The Queen will unveil two commemorative plaques during a school wide assembly in Lord Riche Hall. The hall was opened by The Prince Royal in 1989.

The first plaque will honour the 450th anniversary of Felsted School whilst the second will commemorate the rebuilding of Follyfield House, which was lost in a fire in 2012.

In addition to Princess Anne visiting, The Queen Mother was at the school in 1964 to mark its 400th year.

“To have a reigning monarch visit Felsted School will be the absolute pinnacle of our 450 year celebrations. The school is busy preparing for this royal visit and the children are very excited to be part of this special day. I am very proud and fortunate to be headmaster at this time,” Headmaster Dr Mike Walker commented.

Two of the school’s former pupils have Royal connections. The first being Dr Marcus Setchell who supervised the delivery of Prince George, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s son. The second is Oliver Everett, CVO former Royal Librarian to the Her Majesty and now Librarian Emeritus at Windsor Castle.

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