Society President praises Rydal Penrhos service for The Queen
September 12, 2022

Guy Watson, Rydal Penrhos Society President, paid tribute to the school for a wonderful memorial service to honour Queen Elizabeth II’s passing.

Rydal Penrhos and the entire Commonwealth are still mourning the sad loss of Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away aged 96 on Thursday 8 September. Tributes have been pouring in from across the globe for the much-loved figure, who served her country as Monarch exceptionally for seven decades.

The school gathered together last Friday morning for a specially-arranged service to mark the Queen’s life, which was incredibly well attended by the entire Rydal Penrhos community.

Pupils, staff, governors, parents, and alumni became one at St John’s Church for the service, which was led by the Reverend Dr Rob Beamish and also featured other speakers from across all areas of life at Rydal Penrhos.

We recently received a wonderful message regarding the service from Guy Watson, President of the Rydal Penrhos Society – the school’s Alumni association – via Ms Deborah McKinnel, Chair of Governors.

Guy, said: “What a truly moving service our Chaplin delivered, it was deeply appreciated and we are proud to have him working with us.

“The words and messages he delivered to our children were so well accepted by them as one could hear a pin drop throughout. The speakers were also excellent. A big thank you to everyone involved.”

Thousands of mourners lined the streets from Aberdeenshire to the Palace of Holyroodhouse as the Queen’s coffin was brought to Edinburgh following a six-hour journey from Balmoral on Sunday 11 September.

A respectful silence fell as people waited for the procession to pass by before they burst into polite applause and cheers.

The Queen’s cortege left her home at Balmoral, winding through Aberdeen and Dundee among other villages and towns, on its way to the Scottish capital.

Her coffin will lie under vigil in St Giles’ Cathedral today (Monday 12 September) before heading to London ahead of her funeral on Monday 19 September.