Published 23 April 2016

The Duke of Edinburgh attends A Celebration of Shakespeare in Southwark, a special service to remember the death of William Shakespeare 400 years ago.  

During the service The Duke of Edinburgh watched as children from the Cathedral school and Zoe Wanamaker CBE, President of Shakespeare’s Globe laid nosegays on William Shakespeare’s and Sam Wanamaker’s memorials and at Edmond Shakespeare’s tombstone.

​In his welcome the Dean of Southwark, the Very Revd Andrew Nunn said, ‘Many come to pay their respects to Shakespeare when they visit the Cathedral.  He is as alive today as he was then and perhaps more loved for now the globe comes to the Globe and we all rejoice in the one who made the English language sing’.

Afterwards he commented, ‘Southwark Cathedral was delighted to host this special service and to celebrate the life of such a wonderful poet and playwright who had such strong links with this Cathedral.  It has been a great event’.