St. Laurence's represented at the Queen's Jubilee visit to Leicester

I felt honoured and privileged to be invited to the service at Leicester Cathedral on 8th March to represent the Parish of Measham. The service was in celebration of the visit of Her Majesty the Queen to Leicester at the beginning of her Diamond Jubilee Year celebrations. Along with my invitation, I received instructions regarding the time I was to arrive and the dress code, which included the wearing of a hat!

                                 The Queen visits Leicester Cathedral at the start of her Diamond Jubille tour


The day was fine and sunny and on arrival at the Cathedral it was clear that the pavements, and the area around the Cathedral, were already crammed with people waiting for the arrival of the Royal party. Those with invitations were allowed through along the road, making us feel quite important ourselves. After a number of security checks, stewards showed us to our seats.

The flowers at the entrance, and inside the Cathedral, were beautiful and a credit to the skills of the arrangers. Once inside and seated I could soak up the atmosphere and spent a while people watching, admiring the range of outfits and colours. The printed order of service outlined what was going to happen.

The clergy entered together and when seated the Cathedral was completely full. The organ played a range of pieces as we awaited the start of the service. With a large television screen in front of us we could see what was happening outside. When the Queen stepped out of her car I felt quite moved. She was wearing a fuchsia pink outfit and matching hat and looked as regal as ever. She was accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh and The Duchess of Cambridge.

After various introductions outside, the Royal party entered Cathedral by the South porch. The congregation stood as they entered and I could just see the Queen passing down the aisle. She is so tiny I could just see the top of her hat as she went by. The Duke of Edinburgh is quite tall and he was more easy to see and I saw him more clearly as he was taken to his seat in front of the pulpit. He looks so upright and well considering his age. Unfortunately I didn’t have a clear view of  them once they were seated, however, the Duchess of Cambridge (Kate) was in full view for the whole of the service, even if it was from behind. I could clearly see her lovely long, glossy hair. She is truly beautiful and so slim!

The service was lovely and celebrated faith. Although a Christian service there were also readings from other faiths. We sang the hymn “Now thank we all our God”, children from Thurmaston school sang “Jubilate, everybody“, a cellist played beautifully, and the choir sang at different points in the service. The Bishop’s address recognised the Queen’s long reign and acknowledged her own faith adding that there is a higher authority in God! During prayers the cathedral choir sang and dancers from Indian and Pakistani Christian communities in Leicester offered votive lights as symbols of the prayers. The service concluded with the National Anthem.

We had to remain seated until the Royal party had left, but because of the television screen we were able to watch them talking to the crowds outside and accepting flowers from the children.

What a wonderful day and a memory to keep forever.

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