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Meeting His Royal Highness

HRH Prince Charles with Rev Canon Matthew Bradbury (Click to enlarge)

HRH Prince Charles with Rev Canon Matthew Bradbury

Posted on Thursday 29 November 2018
Some reflections from Canon Matthew Bradbury, Priest in Charge at St Peter and St Paul Wisbech and host for the event.

One might think that having to escort His Royal Highness around a church full of slightly anxious and excited people would be a rather intimidating experience. In fact it was nothing of the sort, for the Prince of Wales immediately put everyone at their ease, myself included, with a warm smile, a great deal of eye contact and a firm handshake.

He was genuinely interested in everyone and in all of the projects and programmes which they represented. Prince Charles made time for everyone in a tight schedule and seemed completely uninterested in his long suffering Private Secretary’s concerns that the visit was running over its allotted time. It occurred to me that his understated pre-eminence was a living reminder of Our Lord’s instructions, recorded in Matthew 20:27, that  ‘whoever wishes to be first among you must be your servant’.

Of course planning for such an event began a long time ago with many confidential e-mails and ‘not for publication’ briefings. Aware of the need to keep the Royal Visit a secret, and with a boyish sense of excitement, I code-named my rapidly growing file of correspondence ‘Largesse’. I wasn’t sure why I picked that word out of the air. I later checked its definition to discover it means liberality, bountifulness or munificence …sometimes personified… or a generous and plentiful gift. Well, there you have it!

Canon Matthew Bradbury

Priest in Charge at St Peter and St Paul Wisbech 



(Pictures reproduced by kind permission of Adam Fairbrother)

  • Picture left: HRH Prince Charles with Rev Canon Matthew Bradbury
  • Picture right: HRH Prince Charles with children from the Orchards School Fun and Faith Club