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Royal visit to York Minster

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2:25pm 13th September 2017

His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent visited York Minster today (Wednesday 13 September) as part of a wider visit to the city.

HRH, who was married at the Minster more than 50 years ago, took a guided tour of the cathedral with volunteer guide Dr John Gough, before visiting the Chapter House to view items from the Minster’s historic Collection.

These included photos, an order of service and altar cushions from his wedding to Miss Katharine Worsley on 8 June 1961. The couple had met while The Duke was based at Catterick Camp Army base in Yorkshire.

The visit to the cathedral was part of a wider tour of the city, which included attending the recently reopened Jorvik Viking Centre and the York Mosque and Islamic Centre.

HRH was presented to The Dean of York, The Very Reverend Vivienne Faull, at the cathedral’s West End by the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Mr Barry Dodd CBE, before being introduced to Dr Gough.

The tour included architectural highlights from the Nave, the highest and widest cathedral Nave in England, the history of the Quire, including the 1829 fire started by local resident Jonathan Martin, and the Great East Window, which is the subject of a huge conservation and restoration project.

The Dean of York, The Very Reverend Vivienne Faull, said:

“We were delighted to welcome His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent back to York Minster, where he was married 56 years ago.

“Many parts of the 800-year-old cathedral will have been familiar to him but it was a pleasure to have the opportunity to show him the results of recent conservation and restoration projects, including the work on the 15th century Great East Window, which will be completed next year.”

Other items shown to The Duke from the Minster’s 300,000 strong historic Collection included a 1633 Charles I bible and a Greek patriarchal cross from 1688, which shows a beautifully carved depiction of Christ’s baptism and crucifixion. The Duke’s mother, Princess Marina, was the daughter of Prince Nicholas of Greece.

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