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Vivat Regina!

Westminster Abbey

Friday, 7 June 2013 from 18:30 to 19:30 (BST)

Vivat Regina!

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Vivat Regina!

A public lecture in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Coronation by the Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dr Richard Chartres, KCVO, Bishop of London.

The Lecture looks at the spiritual significance of the Coronation from ancient times through the reigns of King Edgar to the Coronation 60 years ago of Queen Elizabeth the Second. 

Elizabeth the First said: “I am your anointed Queen. I thank God I am endued with such qualities that if I were turned out of the realm in my petticoat I were able to live in any place in Christendom.”  The Lecture celebrates the way in which, in a very different era, her successor has fulfilled the vows she made in 1953 and in particular the significance of the ceremony of anointing.


The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dr Richard Chartres KCVO

Richard Chartres became the 132nd Bishop of London in 1995 and is also Dean of Her Majesty’s Chapels Royal and Prelate of the Order of the British Empire. He is an ex-officio member of the House of Lords, a Privy Counsellor and was made a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 2009. He studied at Trinity College, Cambridge and Cuddesdon and Lincoln Theological Colleges.

In 2007, together with the Bishop of Chelmsford, he established St Mellitus College, based in London and Chelmsford, training men and women for ministry.  He founded St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, which arose from the ruins of a church bombed by the IRA in 1993. It has now welcomed over 50,000 visitors from 41 countries acquiring skills in relationship building across ethnic and religious divides.  Dr Chartres has led the Church of England's Shrinking the Footprint campaign since its launch in 2006, aimed at cutting 80% of the Church's carbon emissions by 2050.


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