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St Paul's broderers receive a Royal visit

As part of a visit to the Cathedral for an awards ceremony, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Gloucester visited the broderers of St Paul's to look at their outstanding craft.

In her role as Patron of the Friends of St Paul’s, the Duchess visited the volunteer needleworkers in their room in the Cathedral's north west bell tower.


Amongst many examples of their current work to the Cathedral’s historic collection of copes and vestments, the broderers also showed the Duchess a World War One altar frontal, embroidered by soldiers recovering from front-line action, which will be the centrepiece of the Cathedral's commemorations to the Great War, beginning in August this year.

As Patron of the Embroiderers’ Guild, the Duchess then joined a reception in the crypt and presented the first award in the name of Beryl Dean, the legendary embroidery designer whose stunning cope, covered in images of 73 churches in the Diocese of London, was worn by the Bishop of London at the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977.