Tuesday 03 August 2021

Service of Remembrance at King's

The Headmaster, Mrs. Roberts and the CCF Colour party held a very moving Act of Remembrance in Memorial Court on Sunday morning. It was one of those most beautiful of November mornings in Canterbury. The mulberry tree in my Lattergate garden was in three colours, for example!

The Remembrance Sunday service is always a moving moment in our annual King’s cycle, but it was especially so for two reasons this year. Firstly, given the context of the Pandemic and the second national lockdown, we were not allowed to have a congregation.

I hope that watching our ceremony (below) will be as poignant for our community as those photos of her Majesty the Queen, alone by the tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey, were for the nation. Secondly, since this year marks the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain. As our remembrance ended in strong sunshine, I turned to Mike, our wonderful Beadle, and said ‘Mike, do you remember last year when a spitfire flew over our heads at this point of the service, effecting a wing roll and adding to the singing of the Psalm with her purr of the merlin engine!’

- Headmaster Peter Roberts

Click the image below, or click here, to view the service sheet for this ceremony.

Watch the remembrance ceremony online

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