The Queen and Prince Philip came to Chelmsford for the first time in more than 15 years this week and the sun shone. The royal couple's visit created a real buzz as hundreds of people lined the streets and their motorcade stopped off just outside the Intercounty Chelmsford branch. They were on their way to Chelmsford Cathedral to attend a service held to mark the centenary of the Chelmsford Diocese.
Relayed over loud speakers the Bishop of Chelmsford gave his sermon, 'Your Majesty, we are deeply honoured that you have come to this diocese and to this cathedral church to share in our centenary,' as the crowds on the streets listened respectfully. After the ceremony The Right Reverend Stephen Cottrell introduced Her Majesty to a number of volunteers who work with the diocese. He said: 'It was a joy to welcome Her Majesty to the Cathedral - we asked her some years ago but as with these things we only found out a few weeks ago that she would definitely attend.
She is a person of good faith and that's why she wanted to come. She understands that the church matters and wants to bring people together. She was very friendly to us all and had a great sense of humour.'
After the service The Queen and Prince Philip headed off to Felsted School to celebrate its 450th anniversary. The Archbishop of Canterbury will also be visiting Chelmsford Cathedral next week as part of the celebrations.