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A Royal Celebration of St Paul's Friends and Benefactors

Song, school and friendship

Several hundred Friends of St Paul's attended the annual Festival evensong on 13 July 2016.

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The Friends' Patron HRH The Duchess of Gloucester spoke at the end of the traditional chorister recital of her love of St Paul's. She expressed thanks to the Friends for their support, especially for young people - they provide a choristership and contribute to educational work with schools. 

The new Friends' Chorister is Toby, age seven, who presented HRH with a posy.

Former Dean - Dean Emeritus - the Rt Revd. Graeme Knowles preached on the nature of true friendship. He contrasted the 'shallow and transient nature of social media friends' with the deeper friendship forged with real friends, and the ultimate friendship described in the old Sunday School hymn "What a friend we have in Jesus".

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The service was extended to include Benefactors, listing for the first time the names of those Friends known to have died over the past year together with the names of those 15 Friends and others whose generous bequests to the Cathedral over the same time ranged from £1,000 to £1,000,000.