The bells of London's famous "Orange and Lemon" church, St. Clement Danes, rang again, October?
The bells of London's famous "Orange and Lemon" church, St. Clement Danes, rang again, October 19 - after a silence of 19 years to announce that the church was being rededicated - as the Church of the Royal Air Force.
Severely damaged during the German "blitz" of World War II, the little Wren church at the end of the Strand was receiving its most distinguished congregation - including the Queen, Prince Phillip, and other members of the Royal Family.
Inside the church were senior RAF officers, the Ambassadors of Belgium, Denmark, Holland, Norway and the United States, the High Commissioners, or their representatives, of the Commonwealth Countries, senior officers of the United States Third Air Force, the Speaker of the House of Commons and politicians past and present whose careers have touched upon the service of the air.
There, too, were airmen and women of all ranks representing the commands, organizations, and associations within the force; men, women and children representing those whose next of kin lost their lives in the sir; former parishioners and the men who worked on the re-building of the church.
Except for Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, who wore black, the Royal Family were all dressed in blue. The Duchess of Gloucester, as Air Chief Commandant of the W.R.A.F., The Duke of Edinburgh and the Duke of Gloucester were in uniform.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Bishop of London, Dr. Montgomery Campbell, and the Chaplain-in-Chief of the R.A.F. Canon Giles conducted the service.