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.
The much anticipated Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II was celebrated from 2–5 June 2012, with numerous
events throughout the UK and across the Commonwealth.
Following in Queen Victoria’s footsteps, Queen Elizabeth attended a National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on the final day of
her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The service included a Bidding given by The Very Reverend Dr David Ison, the new Dean of St Paul’s, a New Testament reading by the Right
Honorable David Cameron MP, and a Sermon preached by The Most Reverend Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury. The Collect - a specially
writtenprayerwritten at the Queens direction by the Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral, was read by the Bishop of London.
The Litany and Prayer of Thanksgiving included readings by numerous inspirational young people involved in charities and awards. These included
a Young Ambassador of the Year from The Prince's Trust and a Queen’s Scout.
There was also a great variety of music with the combined choirs of the St Paul’s Cathedral and Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal, as well as the
specially appointed Diamond Choir. They sang a new piece to the Queen entitled ‘The Call of Wisdom’, by composer Will Todd. In addition, there
were pieces by The State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry, The Fanfare Trumpeters of the Central Band of the Royal Air force and The Band of
the Welsh Guards.
The service had a congregation of over 2,000, with guests made up of Members of the Royal Family, figures from Government and Law, Realm Prime
ministers, Officers of State, Governors General and representatives from a variety of faiths.
Over the long weekend the Queen had quite a schedule. She attended the Epsom Derby on Saturday 2, The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on Sunday
3, the BBC Concert at Buckingham Palace on Monday 4, and a RAF fly-past following the Procession and service of Thanksgiving on Tuesday 5.
Up and down the country, celebrations over the four-day weekend took the form of street parties and fairs. Across London, spectators turned out
in their thousands to catch a glimpse of the Queen, particularly for the river pageant where there were an estimated 1 million people watching
from the banks of the river.