The sun shone on Christ’s Hospital’s magnificently prepared campus on Wednesday, November 14 when HRH The Duke of Gloucester visited Christ’s Hospital to mark 460 years
since it was founded.
HRH, President of Christ’s Hospital, was welcomed by the Lord Lieutenant for West Sussex, Mrs Susan Pyper, with the Treasurer, Sir Garry Johnson,
Chairman of the Board of School Governors, Mike Hiard, the Head Master and the Clerk of Christ’s Hospital.
As a Royal Foundation, Christ’s Hospital has had a continuous connection with Royalty since its foundation by Edward VI. The Queen is Patron and its Presidency has also had Royal connections.
Following a Chapel service, HRH watched a March Past by the whole school and the Band,
who had performed the previous weekend at the Lord Mayor’s Show, and talked to pupils
and staff about their work.
HRH The Duke of Gloucester has shown great interest in Christ’s Hospital over many years.
He laid the Foundation Stone for the newly merged schools of Horsham and Hertford (the
girls’ school); he opened the School’s new Sports Centre which now is not only an excellent
resource for the pupils but also has a thriving community membership.
Other formal visits
in recent years, have included the opening of the two newly built halls of residence for the
Grecians (Upper Sixth Form) at Christ’s Hospital and the Duke and Duchess joined HM The
Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh in 2003 to commemorate the Foundation’s Royal Charter
year of 1553.
A portrait commissioned to commemorate this anniversary was formally
unveiled during the HRH’s visit on Wednesday.
The Head Master, John Franklin thanked His Royal Highness for his magnificent support
and continued interest over the years.
Pictures by Toby Phillips