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Elizabeth II opens museum at the court of Elizabeth I

03 March, 2017 — By Joe Cooper

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, in the background, at the Charterhouse. PHOTOS: RICHARD YOUNG

SCHOOL pupils met the Queen on Tuesday as she officially opened new facilities at the Charterhouse, a historic almshouse in Clerkenwell.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were greeted by senior representatives of the Charterhouse before meeting children from St John the Evangelist in the new Learning Centre and museum facilities.

The Queen and the Duke also took part in a short ceremony and plaque unveiling in the Chapel and met some of the Brothers, the traditional name for the men living in the community.

The Charterhouse dates back to the 14th century and has been used as a monastery, a Tudor mansion where Elizabeth I held court and a school and almshouse.
In another historic moment for the Charterhouse, it admitted its first woman resident last month.

The Queen was greeted by an enthusiastic crowd outside the Charterhouse

Its 33rd master, Ann Kenrick OBE, director of the Franco-British Council, said: “It is a tremendous privilege to lead the Charterhouse forward in this next very significant chapter of its long and illustrious history. Launching a museum dedicated to displaying the nation’s history may seem like a focus on the past but this could not be farther from the truth. This is all about looking towards the future.

“Support of the Brothers remains at the heart of our work but opening the museum and encouraging the public to join our community as friends will allow us for the first time to also look after the important collections and heritage.”

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