On Tuesday, December 17, 2013, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales accompanied by His Royal Highness Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan visited the Coptic Orthodox Church Centre in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.
According to a press release the two princes were warmly welcomed to the center by:
“…His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom, with numerous official, government, ecumenical, and inter-religious guests, along with members of the Coptic Orthodox clergy and community.
The visit began with a traditional prayer service, followed by a showcase of the vast number of ministries and strands of services operating under the umbrella of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom including, among others, benevolent work, relief and development, advocacy, youth ministry and inter-religious and ecumenical relations.
Following this, Bishop Angaelos presented two Coptic icons to Their Royal Highnesses, with an icon of Saint George gifted to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and His Royal Highness Prince George.
During the course of the visit there was a private meeting held to discuss the current situation in Egypt and the Middle East and contributions that could be made to offer viable solutions for those affected in the region. This was followed by afternoon tea in Shephalbury Manor during which the Prince of Wales unveiled a commemorative plaque marking the visit, and signed the official guestbook.”
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