Tuesday, June 21, 2011

St. Paul's Cathedral Celebrates Its 300th Anniv.; Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip Among Celebrants

The Washington Post website reports that St. Paul's Cathedral in London celebrated its 300th anniversary and the completion of a 15-year restoration project today (June 21, 2011), with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip among the congregation.

The cathedral has been the setting for many great occasions -- including the funerals of Adm. Horatio Nelson and Winston Churchill, and the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

Restoration workers cleaned the church's structure and repaired damage left over from German bombing during World War II, at a cost of $65 million.

"This great building is now in a sound state, and probably looks better than at any time since its completion in 1711," said Martin Stancliffe, who holds the title of Surveyor to the Fabric.

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