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Saturday, 9 August 2014

Westminster Abbey. (Part Three.)

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unless otherwise stated.

King Edward's Chair,
Westminster Abbey,
London, England.
Date: 2002.
Source: Own work.
Author: Kjetil Bjørnsrud.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Royal Weddings at Westminster Abbey:

11 November 1100: King Henry I of England was married to Matilda of Scotland;

4 January 1243: Richard, Earl of Cornwall (later King of Germany), brother of King Henry III of England, to Sanchia of Provence (his second wife). Sanchia was sister of Eleanor of Provence, Henry III’s Queen.

9 April 1269: Edmund of Crouchback, 1st Earl of Leicester and Lancaster, son of King Henry III was married to Lady Aveline de Forz;

30 April 1290: Joan of Acre, daughter of King Edward I was married to the 7th Earl of Gloucester;

8 July 1290: Margaret of England, daughter of King Edward I was married to John II, son of Duke of Brabant;

20 January 1382: King Richard II of England was married to Anne of Bohemia;

27 February 1919: Princess Patricia of Connaught was married to Capt the Hon Alexander Ramsay;

28 February 1922: The Princess Mary, daughter of King George V was married to Viscount Lascelles;

26 April 1923: The Prince Albert, Duke of York (later King George VI), second son of King George V, was married to Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (later to become Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother);

29 November 1934: The Prince George, Duke of Kent, son of King George V was married to Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark;

English: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. Photo taken during a visit to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Greenbelt, Maryland, USA.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (then Princess Elizabeth) was married to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh (then Lt Philip Mountbatten, RN), in Westminster Abbey on 20 November 1947.
Afrikaans: Koningin Elizabeth II van die Verenigde Koninkryk. Die foto is geneem tydens 'n besoek deur haar aan die NASA se Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, VSA.
Photo: 8 May 2007.
Author: NASA/Bill Ingalls.
(Wikimedia Commons)

20 November 1947: Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II), elder daughter of King George VI, was married to the Duke of Edinburgh (who was Lt Philip Mountbatten, until that morning);

6 May 1960: Princess Margaret, second daughter of King George VI was married to Antony Armstrong-Jones (later Earl of Snowdon);

24 April 1963: Princess Alexandra of Kent was married to the Hon Angus Ogilvy;

14 November 1973: Princess Anne, only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II was married to Captain Mark Phillips;

23 July 1986: Prince Andrew, Duke of York, second son of Queen Elizabeth II was married to Miss Sarah Ferguson;

29 April 2011: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, was married to Miss Catherine Middleton.

The Duke of Cambridge at the wedding of Lady Melissa Percy.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, married Miss Catherine Middleton (now the Duchess of Cambridge) in Westminster Abbey on 29 April 2011.
Photo: 22 June 2013.
Author: TheMatthewSlack
(Wikimedia Commons)

The British Royal Family, on Buckingham Palace balcony,
after Prince William and Kate Middleton were married.
Kate Middleton wears a wedding gown by Sarah Burton.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, married Miss Catherine Middleton
(now the Duchess of Cambridge) in Westminster Abbey on 29 April 2011.
Photo: 29 April 2011.
derivative work: Blofeld Dr.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Westminster Abbey is a Collegiate Church, governed by the Dean and Chapter of Westminster, as established by Royal Charter of Queen Elizabeth I in 1560, which created it as the Collegiate Church of Saint Peter, Westminster, and a Royal Peculiar under the personal jurisdiction of the Sovereign. The members of the Chapter are the Dean and four Canons Residentiary, assisted by the Receiver General and Chapter Clerk. One of the Canons is also Rector of Saint Margaret's Church, Westminster, and often also holds the Post of Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons.

In addition to the Dean and Canons, there are. at present, two full-time Minor Canons, one is Precentor, and the other is Sacrist. The Office of Priest Vicar was created in the 1970s for those who assist the Minor Canons. Together with the Clergy and Receiver General and Chapter Clerk, various Lay Officers constitute the College, including the Organist and Master of the Choristers, the Registrar, the Auditor, the Legal Secretary, the Surveyor of the Fabric, the Head Master of the Choir School, the Keeper of the Muniments and the Clerk of the Works, as well as twelve Lay Vicars, ten Choristers and the High Steward and High Bailiff.

The forty Queen's Scholars, who are pupils at Westminster School (the School has its own Governing Body), are also members of the Collegiate.

The two Minor Canons, as well as the Organist and Master of the Choristers, are most directly concerned with Liturgical and Ceremonial matters.


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