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The Queen attends service at St Mary’s Church

St Mary's School pupils sing for Her Majesty in special service

06 December, 2017 — By Joe Cooper

HER Majesty the Queen attended a church service in the heart of Islington today (Wednesday).

The Queen arrived at St Mary’s at 3pm to cheers from a large group of people who had been waiting for over an hour outside St Mary’s Church in Upper Street.

The service was held to mark the 150th anniversary of Scripture Union, an international movement which uses the bible to inspire young people to know God. It has its roots in the parish of St Mary’s.

Pupils from St Mary’s School performing for Queen Elizabeth 

St Mary’s vicar the Rev Simon Harvey told the Tribune before the service began: “The place inside is really buzzing. There’s some beautiful orchestral music being rehearsed and our own St Mary’s School are going to be performing with their choir of 30 children who are going to sing for Her Majesty.”

He added: “It’s not a performance this afternoon, it’s a service of worship, so as well as the excitement of welcoming the Queen we are preparing to worship God and praise him for 150 years of Scripture Union. It’s really exciting.”

Around 100 people gathered outside the church for the Queen’s visit. They included Theresa and Greg Gonet, on a six-day holiday from Minnesota in the USA, who were in the area purely by chance.

Theresa, an artist, said: “We saw all the people gathered and the police and then we heard the Queen was coming! I thought after seeing the National Gallery I could die happy but now this. We’ve been very lucky.”

An episode of BBC Songs of Praise was being recorded in the church, to be broadcast in February. Soprano Katherine Jenkins sang, as did the pupils from St Mary’s.

The service lasted around an hour and the Queen left the building and waved to the crowd just after 4pm. There was applause and cheering, though a handful of anti-monarchists shouted abuse.

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