London Day tomorrow
by Carol Barnwell
The much-anticipated London Day begins early tomorrow morning when nearly 1,600 Conference participants will journey to Lambeth Palace for lunch and an address from the Anglican British Prime Minister, Mr Tony Blair.
The Queen's Garden Party at Buckingham Palace promises to be a highlight of the day and will be followed by a cruise down the river Thames. Admittance to Buckingham Palace requires the ticket that was included in the personal invitation. All must bring their tickets. Those who have received Royal Tea Tent Cards also must bring them. Please be aware that cameras and mobile phones are not allowed at Buckingham Palace or the Garden. Cameras may be left in the cloakroom at the entrance of the Palace.
Hats for the women are optional, and day dress or national costume may be worn. Gloves are not necessary. Clergy are strongly encouraged to wear cassocks but may wear suits with clerical collars. Gentlemen are asked to wear suits.
Coaches will pick up at Parkwood, Eliot, Rutherford and Darwin college bus stops at 9am and will arrive at the main gates of Lambeth Palace around 11.30am.
After lunch the coaches will depart at 2.45pm from Lambeth Palace by the gates on the river side of the garden.All are asked to board the first available coach and depart directly to Buckingham Palace.
Guests will alight just inside the gates in the Palace Forecourt. Tea will be served from 3pm, and the Queen and other members of the Royal Family will arrive at 4pm as the national anthem is played. They will meet a prearranged number of guests near theTerrace Steps before taking tea in the Royal Tea Tent. They will depart at 6pm when guests are asked to rejoin the coaches for Festival Pier.
It is hoped that all will join the boat trip, but for those who would rather return to Canterbury there will be several coaches available and stewards on hand to advise you. Supper will be available in Eliot College on arrival for guests who return early. Commentary on the history of riverside London accompanies the boat ride, with written translations in both French and Japanese. A licensed pay bar for alcoholic and soft drinks will be available for the duration of the boat cruise.
A boxed meal
will be provided for the return journey to Canterbury, which departs from the Thames
Barrier Pier at 9.30pm.