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Royal Visitors at Battle of Britain Sunday 2012

Sunday, 16th September 2012

Royal Visitors at Battle of Britain Sunday 2012

Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall attended a Service of Thanksgiving and Rededication to mark Battle of Britain Sunday held at Westminster Abbey on Sunday 16th September 2012.

The service was also attended by former Prime Minister, Sir John Major KG CH PC and the Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, Secretary of State for Defence.

In his Bidding, the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, said:

Once again we come together on Battle of Britain Sunday in this House of Kings and House of Prayer to give thanks for the dedication and heroism of members of the Royal Air Force and the allied air forces in that remarkable struggle for air supremacy over Britain in 1940. Their courage marked a turning point in the war, for without their bravery it is hard to see how the Second World War could have been won.
As we reflect today on their gallantry and fortitude, we remember all who have served and still serve in the Royal Air Force. We honour all who fight in the service of freedom; we express penitence for the suffering and destruction caused by armed conflicts; and we renew our commitment to work for justice, freedom, and decency.

Squadron Leader Ian Smith RAF, Officer Commanding, Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, read Lamentations 3: 18-24 and the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton GCB ADC RAF, read James 3: 13 - 18.

The sermon was preached by the Venerable Raymond Pentland QHC RAF, Chaplain-in-Chief.

Prayers were led by The Reverend Michael Macey, Minor Canon and Precentor, and said by Flight Senior Aircraftman Annabelle Young, 3 (F) Squadron; Mrs Debbie Bowles, RAF Widows’ Association; and The Reverend Professor Vernon White, Canon of Westminster.

The service included an Act of Remembrance during which the Battle of Britain Roll of Honour was borne from the Chapel of St George to the Sacrarium by Battle of Britain veterans supported by relations and serving officers.

The service was sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by James O’Donnell, Organist and Master of the Choristers. The organ was played by Robert Quinney, Sub Organist. The Central Band of the RAF also played at the service.

See also:

The Order of Service (PDF, 669 KB)

Address given by The Venerable Raymond Pentland QHC RAF, Chaplain-in-Chief

I feel very privileged to work here. I take so much pride in working for a beautiful place like the Abbey, it’s unique.

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Alex - Abbey Marshal

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