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Key role for OP at the Coronation

Old Pocklingtonian (81-89), The Rt Revd Graham Usher, Bishop of Norwich, played a central role as one of two Bishop Assistants to Queen Camilla in the Coronation of King Charles III on Saturday 6 May.
23 May 2023
Written by Rachel Dare
General News

Eagle-eyed OPs may have spotted Bishop Graham performing his duties at Westminster Abbey which involved accompanying The Queen throughout the ceremony from her arrival at the Abbey until her departure, being on hand for Her Majesty as needed, and praying alongside her and The King during the service.

Commenting on his involvement in the Coronation Service, Bishop Graham said: “It was an immense surprise to be asked by Her Majesty the Queen to be one of her two Bishops Assistants at the Coronation. Whilst thoroughly daunting, it was a huge privilege to be with the Queen at this important spiritual moment for her and for the King. I know that Sandringham, in the diocese I serve, plays a very special part in the life of the Royal family, and I imagine that my involvement in the Coronation recognised the place that Norfolk has in the Queen’s heart.”

After a couple of weeks of intense rehearsals in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace and then at Westminster Abbey in the run up to the event, the Coronation appeared to go seamlessly with an average of 18.8 million UK viewers tuning in to watch the televised coverage.

Header Photo: Screenshot from the BBC coverage of the Coronation of King Charles III, showing Bishop Graham to the right of Queen Camilla and the Bishop of Hereford to her left.

Insert Photo: Bishop Graham outside Westminster Abbey after the Coronation rehearsal

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