Royal vis­i­tors at fes­ti­val ser­vice

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

THIS week’s Ex­press Cut­tings looks back at a piece pub­lished in the Ash­ford Ad­ver­tiser, a fore­run­ner to the Ash­ford Ex­tra, on De­cem­ber 17, 1970. It il­lus­trates a some­what hur­ried and dis­rupted visit by the Queen, who at­tended a cer­e­mony of cel­e­bra­tion mark­ing the end of the ju­bi­la­tion of Ash­ford Parish Church, which had been re­built by Sir John Fogge, 500 years be­fore. Dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tion ar­ranged by Canon Neville Sharp and Roger Lawrence, Canon Sharp spoke of man’s move­ment away from God, and his in­creas­ing greed, and hoped that Sir John Fogge felt as much en­joy­ment wit­ness­ing the cel­e­bra­tion fes­ti­val, as he and his col­leagues had ex­pe­ri­enced or­gan­is­ing it. The at­ten­dance of the Queen for the Sun­day ser­vice, was in doubt as she had to hur­riedly re­turn to London to sign an Or­der declar­ing the State of Emer­gency caused by the Power Cri­sis, which was reg­u­larly in the news back in the 1970s. But, she made an im­me­di­ate re­turn to the home of Lord and Lady Brabourne at Mer­sham, where the Royal Party, in­clud­ing Prince Philip, Prince An­drew and Princess Anne, was stay­ing. In the ab­sence of colour newsprint, the re­porter de­scribes the Queen wear­ing an emer­ald green coat, with match­ing hat, and Princess Anne wear­ing knee-high black boots, bright red coat and a som­brero hat. It was just over two years later, that Princess Anne mar­ried Cap­tain Mark Phillips in 1973.

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