The Princess Royal Attends Service for Sir Ernest Shackleton and his Men
Friday, 20th May 2016
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, patron of the United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust, accompanied by Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence KCVO CB, attended a Centenary Service of Thanksgiving for the Courage and Endurance of the polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton CVO and his Men at Westminster Abbey at Noon on Friday 20th May 2016.
The National Anthem was sung.
The service was conducted by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall who said in his Bidding:
We gather here in Westminster Abbey to celebrate the courage and endurance of Ernest Shackleton and the men he led in three exploratory expeditions in lands previously little known or understood.
We recognise the risks they endured and the peril they suffered; we marvel at their perseverance and determination; we are inspired by their comradeship and mutual support. We learn that success and failure are both relative terms and that endeavour is to be honoured.
We shall pray in particular for those who labour in the midst of great dangers, for those who push back the frontiers of knowledge and for all who support them, and for those who live and work in the South Atlantic.
The flag of Sir Ernest Shackleton was borne through the Abbey and presented to the Dean at the High Altar.
The Honourable Alexandra Shackleton read from Shackleton's Boat Journey by Frank Worsley, a member of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition.