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The President of Hungary visits Westminster Abbey

Wednesday, 25th May 2016

The President of Hungary visits Westminster Abbey

The President of the Republic of Hungary, HE János Áder, accompanied by Mrs Anita Herczeg, First Lady, visited Westminster Abbey on Tuesday 24th May and laid a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior.

The President was welcomed to the Abbey by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, and later attended a Solemn Evensong commemorating St Thomas Becket.

President Áder is accompanying a relic of St Thomas Becket on a week-long pilgrimage to London and Canterbury. The relic, held in the Basilica of Esztergom, Hungary's most important Catholic church, has returned to the United Kingdom for the first time in 800 years.

Before Evensong, the relic was received by the Dean at the Abbey's Great West Door and placed on the High Altar.

The relic rested overnight in the Shrine of St Edward the Confessor, before being transferred to St Margaret's Church, where it will be on display from 9.30am - 2.30pm on Wednesday 25th May; from 9.30am - 3.30pm on Thursday 26th May; and from 9.30 - 2.00pm on Friday 27th May. All are welcome to visit St Margaret's Church and tickets are not required.

The Shrine of St Edward the Confessor is one of the most powerful features of the Abbey. To stand in the presence of a man who is both a saint and a monarch is awe-inspiring.

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The Reverend Christopher Stoltz - Minor Canon

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