On March 8th Leicester has the honour of being the first city in the UK that the Queen will visit as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour. In the lead up to this very special occasion Leicester Cathedral is giving local people the opportunity to send Her Majesty a personal greeting with the Big Jubilee Thank You Letter.
Today, Monday February 13th, Leicester Cathedral launched its own contribution to the project when the Bishop of Leicester Tim Stevens wrote his own personal message of congratulations to the Queen and signed the front page of the letters. The Bishop told those in attendance that he is “delighted” that the Queen is beginning her tour of the UK in Leicester.
As a Church of England project, Big Jubilee Thank You Letters will also be written in churches and cathedrals around the country. To commemorate the Queen’s 60th year on the throne the messages will be collectively bound together, sent to London and presented to Her Majesty.
As Sovereign the Queen has a very special relationship with the Church holding the title ‘Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England’. The Very Revd Vivienne Faull, Dean of Leicester said, “This is a rare and real opportunity to express in a few words a sign of thanks and appreciation, for the Queen’s dutiful reign over the last 60 years. The Queen is the Supreme Governor of the Church of England and so we at the Cathedral are delighted to provide this opportunity for all the diverse communities of Leicester and Leicestershire.”
Those wishing to send a personal message of congratulations to the Queen can do so by attending the Cathedral.
Leicester Cathedral is open daily, from 8.00am – 6.00pm Monday to Saturday, and from 7.00am – 5.00pm on Sundays.