I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to photograph Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh today at the Pangbourne College Centenary service, held in the Falkland Isles Memorial Chapel located in the grounds of the college. The Queen and the Duke were guests of honour at a day of events celebrating the 100th anniversary of Pangbourne College. It was also the first public engagement for The Duke of Edinburgh since he announced that he was standing down from public duties in September.
The Queen arrived by helicopter, and spent three hours at the college. She attended the service in the Falkland Isles Memorial Chapel, and afterwards many long serving members of the staff of the college were presented to The Queen outside the chapel. After lunch with The Headmaster and guests, The Queen presented a new colour to the college. The Queen also awarded Her Majesty The Queen’s Gold medal to the Chief Cadet Captains of the college.
Of the many Old Pangbournians in attendance, one was Keith Evans, 97, who served alongside Prince Philip in the late 1940’s. He’s now made headlines with a quip about the Duke, which is perhaps best not quoted here.
Here are some of my favourite images of the day.