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Royal celebration for Westminster Abbey

15 October 2019

Over 20 Westminster City School pupils will today attend an historic event at Westminster Abbey, in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen.

As a reward for their good work as Westminster City School ambassadors, 24 boys have been invited to attend a special service at Westminster Abbey, to commemorate the 750th anniversary of gothic church.

Mr Peter Broughton, Headteacher, said: “Our boys are very privileged to have been invited to this incredible event, which is a fitting reward and acknowledgement of their hard work as ambassadors for our School.

“We remain fortunate to have such a close relationship with Westminster Abbey, a place where sovereigns have been crowned, married and buried, and where countless heads of state have laid wreathes on the grave of the Unknown Warrior. It remains one of the UK’s most important buildings, and a place of prayer and devotion for so many.”

Year 8 pupil, Barney, added: "I feel very privileged to attend this service, in the presence of so many amazing people, at one of the best churches in London."

Westminster City School pupils will attend the service alongside a selected group of Sutton Valence School pupils. This co-educational school, in Kent, is also part of the United Westminster and Grey Coat Foundation. Thanks to Westminster City School’s close location to the Abbey, following this unique service, pupils from both schools will return to our School for lunch together. This will enable pupils, from both schools, to interact over food and to discuss the morning’s event further.

Westminster Abbey was consecrated on 13 October 1269 after Henry III rebuilt a basilica constructed on the same site by St Edward, the Anglo-Saxon king and first English saint to be canonised by Rome. During Tuesday’s anniversary event, which will be attended by Her Majesty The Queen and other senior royals, a precious fragment of Edward the Confessor’s shroud and other ancient royal manuscripts will be laid on the high altar. In addition, some of the Abbey’s most beloved treasures will be on show, including King Edgar’s grant of land in 960 enabling the establishment of the very first Benedictine monastery where Westminster Abbey now stands.

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