St Paul’s Cathedral has been here for over 1,400 years. It has been built and rebuilt five times, and always its main purpose has been as a
place of worship and prayer.
St Paul's, with its world-famous dome, is an iconic feature of the London skyline. Step inside and you can enjoy the Cathedral's awe-inspiring
interior, and uncover fascinating stories about its history.
Learning & Faith
Lifelong learning is a core part of the our work, delivered through a variety of events by St Paul's Institute, and the
Cathedral's Adult Learning and Schools & Family Learning departments.
History & Collections
For more than 1,400 years, a Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has stood at the highest point in the City. The present Cathedral is the
masterpiece of Britain's most famous architect Sir Christopher Wren.
Behind the scenes, the cost of caring for St Paul's and continuing to deliver our central ministry and work is enormous and the generosity of
our supporters is critical.
Widely considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful buildings and a powerful symbol of the splendour of London, St Paul’s Cathedral is a
breathtaking events venue.
In his sermon he said: "We thank you for your faithfulness: you who left family behind, you who trained hard, you who did not turn from danger, you
who suffered injury and you who risked yourselves to care for the injured. I’m told that each wounded person was supported by up to 80 others
by the time they got home. Great is your faithfulness.
"We also thank those of you who stayed behind, who let your loved ones go: you who worried for their safety each day and took your phone to your
bedside each night, you who lived with the pining of children, as well as your own fears. Great is your faithfulness."
The service remembered those who died and were injured, as well as all who served in Afghanistan, and prayers were also offered for the people of
Afghanistan who had also died or suffered in the conflict. During the service, a cross made of shell casings that adorned a memorial wall in
Camp Bastion was blessed by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
At the service, The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were accompanied by The Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge,
Prince Harry, The Duke of York, The Earl and Countess of Wessex and the Princess Royal.
The Prime Minister, Deputy
Prime Minister, Secretary of State for Defence, Service Chiefs and other senior political and military figures also attended.
They were alongside members of the Armed Forces, veterans, the next of kin of deceased personnel, representatives of military and aid charities and
organisations, and the UK’s NATO allies in Afghanistan from 2001 - 2014.
Representatives of the Afghan nation were also present, together with leaders of world faiths.
Following the service, The Prince of Wales took the salute from a parade of personnel who served in Afghanistan from the Royal Navy and Royal
Marines, the Army and the Royal Air Force, and veterans, supported by military bands and Pipes and Drums. During the parade, a flypast of
aircraft used in the campaign, including Chinook, Apache and Sea King Helicopters, and Hercules and Tornado aircraft flew over the Cathedral in