As usual the occasion was just right.
I was interested to see that quite a lot of the news tonight was given over to Liverpool and the Royal visits. I never knew there was an entwined P and E carved into one of the pillars at the Anglian Cathedral - this is from the cathedral website:
"Here in the Cathedral we are remembering the visit of HRH Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip to the Cathedral in 1949. The pictures of the day reveal two very young royals and as Princess Elizabeth is given the ‘Golden Key’ to open the Rankin Porch we see Prince Philip two steps behind her.
In commemoration of that visit the monograms ‘E’ and ‘P’ were entwined with a true ‘Lovers Knot’ and carved on the first pier of the Nave. Choristers Kevin Lavelle and Peter Smith held the stencil while the Princess dipped the brush in the white paint to trace her initial.
A member of the Cathedral Congregation, Alan Matthews recounts the story of his friend Peter Smith, one of the boys holding the pot of paint. Peter told Alan that Prince Philip said ‘let’s slosh it on!’ After the ceremony Tom Murphy carved the sculpture into the stonework. Where it proudly stands today.
For over 72 years the ‘Lovers Knot’ has witnessed the love and devotion of monarch and consort. It stands as testament not only to their love for each other, but also for the love of this Country."