13 March 2014
Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall attended a Service to celebrate the Life and Work of Sir David Frost OBE at Westminster Abbey on Thursday 13th March at 12 noon.
They were accompanied by HRH The Duke of York and HRH Princess Beatrice of York; and HRH The Countess of Wessex.
HRH Princess Alexandra, the Honourable Lady Ogilvy; TRH The Duke and Duchess of Kent; and TRH Prince and Princess Michael of Kent were represented at the service.
The service was conducted by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, who said in his Bidding: ‘What elements in David Frost’s personality made him such a great broadcaster, so celebrated in television for more than fifty years?
No doubt he had confidence in his gifts and skills, a rare degree of courage, clear determination, and a steely nerve. But those characteristics alone would not have given him the success he had.
‘Surely it was the warmth of his humanity, his interest in people, and what made them tick, that made his “hello, good evening and welcome” welcome in the world’s living rooms. And it was his passion for justice, for decency, for respect that gave all he did real worth, that led to extraordinarily memorable moments of television, moments that changed things.
‘Today we remember and give thanks to God for him. And in this holy place, where so many great men and women are for ever recognised, we shall memorialise him amongst our greatest communicators.’
During the service a memorial stone to Sir David in the south transept of the Abbey was dedicated by the Dean. Flowers were laid at the memorial by The Prince of Wales and Lady Carina Frost, Sir David’s widow. George Frost, his son, read his own poem.
Wilfred Frost, son, read Remember Me by David Harkins; The Lord Hall of Birkenhead read Isaiah 25: 6-10a; Sir Michael Parkinson read St John 15: 12-17; and Joanna Lumley read A Sonnet of Sorts for a Star, which she wrote with Richard Stilgoe.
The Address was given by Greg Dyke.
Anna O’Byrne, soprano, and Alex Kyle, a Westminster Abbey chorister, sang Pie Jesu by Andrew Lloyd-Webber.
Prayers were led by the Reverend Dr James Hawkey, Minor Canon and Precentor of Westminster, and said by Ronnie Corbett CBE, Miles Frost, the Right Honourable The Lord Owen CH, Herb Siegel, the Venerable Dr Jane Hedges, Canon in Residence, and His Eminence Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor.
The service was sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by James O’Donnell, Organist and Master of the Choristers. The organ was played by Daniel Cook, Sub-Organist, and before the service by Martin Ford, Assistant Organist and Peter Holder, Organ Scholar.
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