QUEEN IN LINE FOR COVENTRY CATHEDRAL RETURN; Royal Visit Bid for 50th Anniversary Celebrations
Byline: Martin Bagot
THE QUEEN could be coming to Coventry Cathedral next year to mark its 50th anniversary.
The cathedral has invited Queen Elizabeth and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, to attend a special ceremony on May 23, 2012.
It would mark 50 years since the Queen consecrated the new cathedral building in 1962.
The Queen also laid the foundation stone for the cathedral in 1956.
The event comes in the year royal celebrations will sweep the nation to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee - 60 years on the throne.
Canon David Stone, who is responsible for all services and worship at Coventry Cathedral, said: "With the Diamond Jubilee next year everyone wants the Queen to come.
"We've registered with Buckingham Palace that we are holding our 50th anniversary celebration but the Palace will not give details until a couple of months before.
"We thought it would be ideal because the Queen was present at the consecration of the new cathedral and also laid the foundation stone, so we felt it was important to give her the opportunity to come and celebrate with us."
The original Coventry Cathedral was left in ruins after being devastated by Luftwaffe bombs in the Coventry Blitz on November 14 1940.
Bosses at the cathedral are considering holding a ballot to choose about 200 members of the public to attend the prestigious 50th anniversary ceremony next year. …