On his eighth birthday, Prince George – and Princess Anne, too – could get a very unique honor.
As Covid restrictions are eased this week, PRINCE GEORGE could receive a very special honor on his ninth birthday.
This Thursday (July 22), the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s eldest son’s birthday may be commemorated by the ringing of the Westminster bells, which is a royal custom. Last year, while the kingdom dealt with the first wave of the deadly pandemic, the future king was unable to hear the iconic chimes. Following England’s relaxation of all Covid Restrictions, the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers (CCCBR) has issued recommendations for bell ringing. Bell ringing is now permitted with any number of persons in a well ventilated area.
Westminster Abbey has not confirmed whether the ceremony will take place on Thursday, but it is understood to be following the CCCBR’s instructions.
“Although the wearing of facemasks is no longer mandated in places of worship, and will not appear in the Church of England guidance, we have included a number of situations where we would expect masks to be worn due to the particular nature of ringing, including close face to face teaching, and ringing with unvaried bells,” said Simon Linford, President of the CCCBR, in a statement to members on the website.
“In their church or cathedral, certain clergy may maintain a facemask policy, and if they do, their wishes take precedence.
“Now the government wants us to be accountable for our own conduct. If you don’t think you should ring for the maximum amount of time allowed, don’t.
“If you wish to ring while wearing a facemask, do so. If one of your band members requests that you all wear facemasks to protect them, talk about it as a group and come to an agreement.
“Bellringing is a team sport, and we are responsible for each other as well as ourselves.
“By no means has the virus vanished; we are learning to live with it.”
The Abbey’s bells are customarily rung on the birthdays of senior members of the Royal Family.
“Westminster Abbey is a Royal Peculiar and the bells are rung for the birthdays of HM the Queen and HM the King,” the Abbey declared in a statement last February, shortly before the first lockdown. HRH Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh and their children.”Brinkwire Summary News”.