Felsted School has been granted the
honour of a Royal Visit by Her Majesty The Queen next month as part of its on-going
450th celebrations. Alongside her husband, Prince Phillip, she will
be visiting this 100% ‘excellent’ rated co-educational independent school on Tuesday,
6th May to provide the crowning moment of their celebratory year.
Felsted have a long heritage of Royal
visits; in particular, the visit of the Queen Mother as part of the 400th
year celebrations in 1964 bestows a special significance on the forthcoming
visit of her daughter. Felsted has always had strong connections to the
monarchy; most recently, Old Felstedian Marcus Setchell oversaw the safe delivery
of Prince George, the third in line to the throne, and Old Felstedian, Oliver
Everitt is currently the Royal Librarian.
The Queen will unveil two
commemorative plaques during a special assembly in the Lord Riche Hall, which
was opened by Princess Anne in 1989. One of these will celebrate the 450th
anniversary, and the other to commemorate the rebuilding of Follyfield House,
which was sadly lost in a fire in 2012.
She will then depart the School via a
helicopter, which is sure to be quite the spectacle for pupils and staff alike!
Headmaster Dr Mike Walker comments; 'To have a
reigning monarch visit Felsted School will be the absolute pinnacle of our 450
year celebrations. The School is busy preparing for this Royal visit and the
children are very excited to be part of this special day. I am very proud and
fortunate to be Headmaster at this time.'
joins an elite band of Schools to reach the 450 year milestone. Founded in 1564
by Richard Lord Riche, courtier to
Henry VIII amongst others, Felsted has achieved a sustained record of schooling
excellence. The School boasts alumni including Richard Cromwell, Lord Protector; Isaac Barrow, the famous 17th Century Mathematician; Nick Knight, an international cricketer;
Sean Fletcher, the notable TV
presenter; and Sir Robert Finch, a
former Lord Mayor of London.
was recently rated 100% ‘excellent’ by the Independent Schools Inspectorate
information available at www.felsted.org/450.