It has been observed before that Britain’s Prince Charles is the Edward VII of our times. Like the son of Queen Victoria, Charles knows only too well what it’s like to wait an eternity for the throne – this year not only marks the 60th anniversary of his mother’s reign, but also that of him being heir!
So, it was particularly appropriate that Charles, 63, attended a service at St Alban’s Church as it was actually founded in 1887 by his great-great-grandmother, Queen Alexandra, the wife of the aforementioned Edward VII. The church is also currently celebrating an anniversary – its 125th jubilee.
On Sunday, Charles, his wife Camilla, the duchess of Cornwall, attended the parish eucharist as part of their four-day visit to Denmark, which started on Saturday, and ended on Tuesday. The couple had previously spent four days in Norway and Sweden.
“It was a great honour to host their royal highnesses at St Alban’s Church,” enthused Archdeacon Jonathan Lloyd, the church’s Anglican/Episcopal priest.
“They asked specifically to come, and it was certainly an historic visit. The last time a Prince of Wales visited us was in 1932. The royal couple were most interested in our project to restore the stained glass windows, and we had a good chat about the role of the faith communities in environmental issues. The children were all smiling, the sun shone, and it was a perfect day.”