Her Majesty The Queen presents Dean of Westminster with KCVO
Wednesday, 30th October 2019
Her Majesty The Queen presented the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster, with the award of Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order at his farewell audience at Buckingham Palace today, Wednesday 30th October 2019.
Dr Hall retires this Friday, All Saints’ Day, after 13 years as Dean and will preach at his final Eucharist in the Abbey at 5:00pm.
During his time as Dean, Dr Hall has presided at a number of major services including the wedding of HRH Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton in April 2011.
Amongst other heads of state, he has welcomed two Presidents of the United States of America to lay wreaths at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior – President Obama in May 2011 and President Trump in June this year.
He has also initiated an ambitious development programme embracing the establishment of an education centre at No1 Deans Yard, the fitting-out of the new Cellarium restaurant in the medieval undercroft next to the Cloisters, and the creation of the new Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries in the triforium of the Abbey church with access provided by a new tower in Poets’ Corner Yard.