Prince Edward to be special guest at Service of Commemoration

May 10, 2018

IT has been announced that His Royal Highness the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward is to be the principal guest at the National Service of Commemoration for the 1100th Anniversary of the death of Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians.

The news has been announced today, Thursday 10 May by the Tamworth and District Civic Society (TDCS).

Prince Edward, who is the youngest son of Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, will lead the national tribute to his royal ancestor, the warrior princess of Wessex, Aethelflaed.

From Tamworth, the ancient capital of Mercia, as well as Aethelflaed’s royal stronghold and home, the Lady of the Mercians, led the Mercians to victory over the Vikings, shaping the destiny of all England; 

Now, in 2018, on 12th June, 1100 years to the day of her death in Tamworth, hundreds of VIPs will come here from across the UK and gather in the magnificent St Editha’s Church; a church which was dedicated to Aethelflaed’s niece and Tamworth’s patron saint, Editha.

A view of St Editha's Church from the top of Tamworth Castle. (credit: Jarrett Kinson)

A view of St Editha’s Church from the top of Tamworth Castle. (credit: Jarrett Kinson)

Guests at the event will include His Excellency the Danish Ambassador, Bishops, Lord Lieutenants, Military and Civic Representatives and archaeologists.

David Biggs, Chairman of the Tamworth and District Civil Society has said: “The idea came to me in 2013 and I’m delighted to have been able to bring this to fruition with the TDCS.

“It is believed that nothing like this has been in Tamworth in the living or recorded memory.  Never, even in teh days of King Offa’s famed palace at Tamworth, have eight Bishops all been under the same roof, at the same time in the town.

“It is also believed to be the first time since the Reformation in the 16th Century that a Roman Catholic Bishop has officially been received in St Editha’s Church.

“it has been a labour of love getting hundreds of VIPs to come here from across the UK but it is worth it to promote Tamworth so positively, and to pay a fitting and deserved tribute to Aethalflaed. To a royal principal guest is the crowning achievement”

More information about the Tamworth and District Civic Society can be found on their facebook page or on their website here.