On this diamond jubilee weekend, Her Majesty's second son, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York and his daughters, the princesses Beatrice and Eugenie honoured us with a surprise visit to our Church's Jubilee lunch before joining the River Pageant.
Braving the weather we held the lunch in the Church yard with 20 tables and bunting a plenty.
|Prince Andrew,The Duke of York at the foot of the Medieval Tower|
of All Saints Church, Fulham in conversation with the Vicar , Canon Joe Hawes
with two members of our congregation..
The display in the background described the works and fundraisng scheme save our towerand bells .
Prince Andrew makes a short speech at the west door of All Saints Church, Fulham beneath the medieval Tower .
Through this west door where the Prince stood- history has been made over hundreds of years where a thousand brides and pallbearers have processed and once sat children with their slates.
|Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie talk to the crowds outside All Saints Church, Fulham on Sunday of the Diamond Jubilee 2012|
All Saints Church Fulham is on the north bank near Putney bridge.
Putney bridge was a mustering point for the fabulous pageant of 1000 craft that took place in the afternoon.
As the TV and media coverage of the pageant interleaved their relays with the famous painting of Canaletto -1746 - Lord Mayor's Day and previous pageants on the river Thames so I thought I would add here inthis blog post some photos of the boats going under Putney bridge up towards the centre of London in 2012.
Notice in the background the Medieval Tower of All Saints Church which has looked over the Thames since 1440.
The Tower and Bells are in need of a 'little care and attention' - so there is a fundraising campaign underway to raise the £ 407,000 to repair and maintain this icon of the Thames at West London.
The tower is made of Kentish ragstone, which came from Maidstone by barge
Famous each year as a backdrop to the start of the Oxford and Cambridge University boat race at Putney Bridge, the church tower and west door even made a 'brief appearance' in the blockbuster 1976 film "The Omen" starring Gregory Peck and Lee Remick. See You tube clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVrOm0rQj38 where Father Brennan (played by Patrick Troughton) comes to 'sticky end'
Yet the medieval tower has been a location 'picture opportunity' back in the day.
In the poster for this year's exhibition of the works of the artist Zoffany at the Royal Academy of Arts, the tower appeared in the background of his famous picture of the Sharpe family.
|The principal poster promoting the Zoffany Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts depicts the Sharp Family on their barge the Apollo..|
Slavery abolitionist Granville Sharp is wearing green at the bottom centre of the poster
All Saints Church Fulham is depicted to the left ( close up below) Sharp is buried in the Churchyard.
|detail from the picture The Sharpe family by Zoffany |
of All Saints Church Fulham
Some photos of the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant on the river Thames with the 600 year old Tower of All Saints Church , Fulham in the background.
|Crowds along the north bank of the Thames at Fulham and|
over Putney Bridge watching the river pageant
of the Diamond Jubilee 2012 on its way up the river Thames to central London
|Part of the flotilla of Commonwealth Countries by the Sea Scouts|
at the River Pageant Diamond Jubilee 2012 approaching Putney Bridge
with All Saints Church Fulham in the background
|A boat dressed overall on its way to the River Pageant 2012. crowds|
on the embankment All Saints Church Tower, Fulham in the background
If you would like to contribute to the All Saints Tower and Bells Restoration Appeal details can be found
(A selling connection if somewhat tenuous - since this blog is primarily about Selling-
Up to July 2011 Prince Andrew was the Special Representative for International Trade and Investment a member of the Royal Family who represented the Sovereign for UK Trade and Investment which reports jointly to the Foreign Office and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills –his role involved representing the United Kingdom at numerous trade fairs and conferences the world over, such as the Davos World Economic Forum.)