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A prince and his clerical travelling companion

13 February 2015


From the Dean of Westminster

Sir, - The Revd Dr Nicholas Cranfield's review (Arts, 6 February) of the "Cairo to Constantinople" exhibition currently at The Queen's Gallery brought back memories of seeing the exhibition at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in 2013.

Queen Victoria had paid closer attention to the spiritual welfare of the Prince of Wales than the review grasps. His chaplain on the journey was not Dr Edward Stanley, the octogenarian Bishop of Norwich, but his son, Dr Arthur Penrhyn Stanley, Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History and Canon of Christ Church, who would become Dean of Westminster from1864 until his death in 1881. In 1862, he was 46.

Dr Cranfield perhaps missed in the exhibition the volume of sermons that Stanley preached during the journey. On Easter Day, Stanley conducted a service attended by the whole party by the Sea of Galilee, beginning with the Easter Anthems and psalms and including the Te Deum and Jubilate, followed by the entire communion service. He preached on John 21, "taking the chapter through piece by piece".

Incidentally, friendships developed on the journey: later, Stanley would marry Lady Augusta, the sister of the Prince's governor, General Bruce, a lady-in-waiting to the Queen.

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