HM The Queen attends Service of Thanksgiving for Lord Snowdon

7th April 2017

Her Majesty The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh attended a Service of Thanksgiving for the Life and Work of the Rt Hon The 1st Earl of Snowdon GCVO in St Margaret's Church on Friday 7th April. They were accompanied by the Duke of Cambridge, the Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex, the Duke of Gloucester and the Duke of Kent.

The service was conducted by the Reverend Jane Sinclair, Canon of Westminster and Rector of St Margaret's Church, who said in the Bidding, 'We give thanks today for a life marked by humour, style, compassion, and wonderful visual craftsmanship.

‘‘I try to photograph with love and sympathy’, Lord Snowdon commented following the publication of his beautiful picture of a nurse feeding a hydrocephalic child. Lord Snowdon’s passion for visual creativity, and for promoting the rights of those with disability, lay at the heart of his life.

‘His marriage to Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret brought Lord Snowdon to early public notice; his portraits of Members of the Royal Family remain among his most memorable images. He is celebrated for his support of the creative arts and artists. Yet it is also for his championship of those who live with disability that he will be remembered by many.’

Tributes were read by the 2nd Earl of Snowdon, son; the Baroness Grey-Thompson DBE; and Patrick Kinmonth.

Thomas Messel read Isaiah 40: 27 - 31; and the Viscount de Vesci read 1 Corinthians 13: 51 - 58.

The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster, gave the Address and pronounced the Blessing.

Sir Bryn Terfel CBE sang Ar Hyd Y Nos, accompanied by Hannah Stone, harpist.

Prayers were led by the Reverend Mark Birch, Minor Canon and Sacrist, and said by the Rector and Peregrine Armstrong-Jones.

The service was sung by the Choir of St Margaret's Church, conducted by Aidan Oliver, Director of Music. The organ was played by Richard Pearce.

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