Bishop invites all to celebrate Queen's achievements

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Praise for the Queen - from Bishop PeterA service of celebration for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee will take place at Chester Cathedral from 3pm on Sunday 27 May. The Bishop of Chester is encouraging people from right across our diocese to attend. Bishop Peter will preach at the service, which he says will give a chance for people to come together and celebrate the magnificent achievements of our Queen, who he says has been an "inspiration throughout the years".

A magnificent programme of music – fit for a Queen! – has been organised for the service, including Zadok the Priest, I Was Glad and an arrangement of the 23rd Psalm.

Civic representatives from all the local authorities in the historic county of Cheshire – Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Stockport, Tameside, Halton and Wirral councils – have been invited to the service, along with the Duke of Westminster and the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire.

Bishop Peter says he would like to see the cathedral full of people “so we can all have a resounding celebration and thank God for the Queen’s long reign”.

He added: “The British monarchy has taken its place in the infrastructure of our democracy, and not least by the way in which through innumerable royal visits the wider structures of society have been recognised and encouraged.”