13 pix: Royal visitor is special guest at York Minster celebration

The Duke of York came through Dean's Park before being welcomed at the West Front of York Minster. Photograph: YorkMix
29 Mar 2017 @ 8.38 pm
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A royal guest joined the Evensong service at York Minster today (Wednesday, March 29).

Prince Andrew was among the congregation to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the York Minster Fund (YMF).

The Duke of York delivered a reading as part of the service.

Smiles as the Prince arrives at the Minster

The Dean of York greets the Duke of York: Vivienne Faull and Prince Andrew on the Minster steps. Photograph: YorkMix
Making an entrance. Photograph: Charlotte Graham / Guzelian

The event marks 50 years since the fund was formed to raise money to stop the cathedral’s Central Tower from collapsing.

The York Minster Fund was established as a charitable foundation by Roger, Earl of Scarbrough, on the 3 April 1967, with its first task to raise funds for work to underpin the tower.

Entering from the West Front. Photograph: Charlotte Graham / Guzelian
The Evensong service. Charlotte Graham / Guzelian
An impressive sight. Photograph: Charlotte Graham / Guzelian

Since 2007 the fund has been the leading fundraising body for the cathedral, supporting the work of conservation, restoration and development of York Minster by raising on average £1m each year.

Recent projects include York Minster Revealed, a five year £20m initiative completed in 2016 to restore the Great East Window and open the cathedral to new audiences.

It is currently raising funds to restore the South Quire Aisle, which will require £11m over the next 11 years.

The procession in the Minster. Photograph: Charlotte Graham / Guzelian
Taking a pew. Or rather a seat. Photograph: Charlotte Graham / Guzelian

Director of the York Minster Fund Neil Sanderson, said: “The fund was originally established during York Minster’s hour of need, when emergency excavations in the 1960s revealed integral weaknesses and crumbling foundations beneath the Central Tower.

“Although that crisis has passed, it is inevitable in a building of this size and magnificence that we still face many of the issues today which we did 50 years ago.”

Prince Andrew consults the order of service. Photograph: Charlotte Graham / Guzelian
The Prince gave a reading during the service. Photograph: Charlotte Graham / Guzelian
The full majesty of the Minster. Photograph: Charlotte Graham / Guzelian
A view from on high. Photograph: Charlotte Graham / Guzelian