Visit of HM the Queen (1)

On 6th May 2016, we welcomed Her Majesty the Queen to Berkhamsted to unveil a newly-restored Coat of Arms of Elizabeth I which hangs in St Peter's Church. A new board has been added to the Arms to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 2012.

The Queen unveiled the restored Coat of Arms at a special ceremony, attended by a number of local dignitaries and representatives of the local community. The choirs of St Peter’s Church and the Berkhamsted school sang a short programme of choral pieces in the presence of Her Majesty, including Vivaldi’s Gloria and Henry Wood’s O Thou the Central Orb. A beautiful new work, O Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem, composed specially for the occasion by St Peter’s Director of Music, Adrian Davis, was also sung. The event was a occasion of great celebration and a tremendous honour for the whole town. The Queen then went on to visit the Berkhamsted School for a celebration of their 475th anniversary.  Berkhamsted School was founded in 1541 by Dean Incent, a member of the Berkhamsted Parish who was Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral 1540-45.

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