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OBE Evensong service attended by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

A celebration of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

A congregation representing a great variety of kinds of public service gathered at St Paul's on 10 November 2015.

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh attended the special Evensong service, for holders of awards given through the Order of the British Empire, in his role as the Order's Grand Master.

The Bishop of London, the Right Revd and Right Hon Dr Richard Chartres, who is the Prelate of the Order, told the congregation: 

'Aim for excellence, keep humble, be generous and make friends.'

He quipped that another new award holder, Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who had received a CBE earlier the same day, had been given the distinction 'for services to detection.'

The Dean of St Paul's, the Very Revd Dr David Ison, noted how award holders had 'touched the lives of millions of citizens of this country and further afield ... transforming the lives of people for the better.'

In the Bidding Prayer, he said: 'We thank God for the lives of members of the Order, for adventure and courage, idealism and diligence, care and compassion contributed to the life of our world.'

The Order of Service for the OBE Evensong, with the Dean's full message including the diverse variety of award holders, can be read below:

Evensong-attended-by-OBE---10-November-2015.pdf

Read about the OBE Chapel at St Paul's Cathedral, the special relationship the Cathedral has with the Order, and Prince Philip's visit to the Chapel for its dedication in 1960.