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The Civic Welcome of ‘King Henry VIII’ by the Lord Mayor of Exeter

The Civic Welcome of ‘King Henry VIII’ by the Lord Mayor of Exeter

Thursday 13 June, 12pm – 12:30pm at Exeter Guildhall and Exeter Cathedral

Witness a civic welcome of ‘King Henry VIII’ by the Lord Mayor of Exeter, starting from Exeter Guildhall to Exeter Cathedral:


  • Procession of dignitaries – including ‘Henry VIII,’ the Lord Mayor, and the Earl of Devon – from the Guildhall to Exeter Cathedral, led by the Civic Mace, historic Henry VII Sword and Cap of Maintenance. The procession will be met by the clergy of Exeter Cathedral.


  • Greeting at the Cathedral’s West Front, including ceremonial Tudor music performed by Exeter University Chapel Choir, and His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornetts – a renowned group of virtuoso wind players specialising in playing Renaissance and Baroque music in historically appropriate styles on original instruments.
  • Speech of welcome by the City Recorder, followed by the Lord Mayor’s pledge of loyalty to the Crown and presentation of a gift on behalf of the city of Exeter, to ‘King Henry.’
  • Entry into the Cathedral, singing the traditional Te DeumLaudamus (‘We praise thee, O God’) and an enactment of the Royal veneration of relics at the Nave Altar.
  • Civic procession departure from Exeter Cathedral, accompanied by instrumental fanfares, returning to the Guildhall.

All are welcome to attend!

Part of Historic Royal Palaces’ Henry VIII on Tour.

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