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Coventry Cathedral set for a Royal visit

Coventry is set to be given a Royal seal of approval during a visit by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge later this month.

During their visit on Tuesday 16th January, the Duke and Duchess will visit three different locations. Their Royal Highnesses will arrive at Coventry Cathedral, where they will take part in a public walkabout in the Cathedral Ruins before touring the new Cathedral. After leaving the Cathedral, the Royal couple will head to Coventry University, where they will open the university's new Science and Health Building and they will then end their day by visiting the Positive Youth Foundation. 

In his walkabout in the Cathedral Ruins, Prince William will be following in the footsteps of his great grandfather King George VI, who visited the Ruins two days after the bombing that devastated the city in November 1940.

In the new Cathedral, the couple will hear about how Coventry emerged from those dark days to join other cities that had suffered to spread a message of forgiveness and reconciliation. They will also learn about how the Cathedral's work continues today in war zones around the globe and through organisations such as the Community of the Cross of Nails. During their tour of the Cathedral, the Duke and Duchess will take part in the Coventry Litany of Reconciliation and will meet members of the Cathedral's choir before having a cup of tea with staff of the Rising Cafe. 

The Reverend Canon David Stone says:

"We were very pleased to hear that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are keen to visit Coventry and are very much looking forward to showing them something of our life and work here at the Cathedral.

Deeply embedded in the culture we share with our city is a commitment to help enemies become friends. We are delighted at the opportunity we shall have to share this passion for peace and reconciliation with our royal visitors." 

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