A Royal Visitor at School
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Warden of Gordonstoun since 2004, recently visited Gordonstoun to attend a re-dedication service to celebrate the 50th anniversary of St Christopher’s Chapel, which is dedicated, quite aptly for a school committed to service to others, to the saint associated with practical help to those in distress or danger. The Chapel’s architect, Mr Patrick Huggins, a former Gordonstoun pupil, was represented at the service by his wife and daughter. Former students, current students, members of staff, parents and guests also attended the service.
Whilst at Gordonstoun, The Princess also visited the Junior School, where she was presented with some flowers by the youngest members of the school, Year 2 pupils Mia and Boette. She toured the school, visiting a dorm, where she met some boarders, and meeting other members of the school in the Hall where she viewed the Junior School Art Display and spoke to pupils about their displays of work. On leaving Aberlour House Her Royal Highness headed to the Sports Centre where she met Sports Centre staff and the Captains of Sport and toured the facility before watching a display by the Gordonstoun Fire Service which is in its 75th year.
On arriving at the Chapel, Here Royal Highness was introduced to School Chaplain, Mr Philip Schonken, and the Right Reverend Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness, who conducted the Service of Re-Dedication. After the Service, The Princess Royal unveiled a plaque to commemorate the occasion. Her Royal Highness then concluded her visit to Gordonstoun by meeting members of the Gordonstoun Community, past and present, in the North Room and enjoying a private supper with them.
The Principal said; “The creation of the Chapel, was made possible 50 years ago, by the generous support of The MacRobert Trust. Since then St Christopher’s has been at the heart of the Gordonstoun community. A place where students of all nationalities, faiths and cultures meet every morning during the term to start their day amongst friends. Understanding and accepting diversity and respecting the strength of individual faiths was and continues to be at the heart of Gordonstoun’s educational ethos.”