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Lunch for 400 at Lambeth after the Coronation

06 May 2023

Lambeth Palace

THE 400 young people mentioned in the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Coronation sermon were given lunch at Lambeth Palace on Saturday after the service.

Archbishop Welby hosted the lunch in marquees in the gardens of Lambeth Palace, in partnership with the royal household and the Government.

The young people, aged from 13 to 25, had watched the Coronation on screens in St Margaret’s Church, next to Westminster Abbey. They represented charities and organisations that have the King or Queen as their patron, among them the Prince’s Trust, Barnardo’s, the Scout Association, St John Ambulance, the National Citizen Service, Ebony Horse Club, and Girl Guiding UK.

Among their number were several young artists chosen as part of the Young Creative Commission, a project linked to the Coronation and commissioned by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Church of England. Their artwork will be seen in various Church of England buildings during the summer.

Archbishop Welby described his guests as “teenagers and young adults who are profoundly engaged in serving their communities, and they lead the way in their creativity, their commitment, and their care”.


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