The Duke of York Visits Whitgift School

The Duke of York visited Remembering 1916 – Life on the Western Front on Thursday 13 October, 2016. His Royal Highness, Patron of Whitgift School, was received by the Whitgift Headmaster and Exhibition Director Dr Barnett, Whitgift Students, Exhibition staff and guests.

Dr Barnett led the tour through Remembering 1916, introducing Exhibition Consultants, Douglas Flower, Michael Baldwin and Johnny Dobbyn, along the way, and The Duke of York took a keen interest.

In the Edwardian Room, Upper Fifth Form student and music scholar, Alex Ciulin, performed Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85: I. Adagio – Moderato; Senior Prefect, Jean-Baptiste Leferve, read La Petite Auto, by Guillaume Apollinaire, the renowned French poet of the First World War; and the popular Whitgift Barbershop Ensemble rounded off the interlude with It’s A Long, Long Way To Tipperary.

His Royal Highness met aviation artist Alex Hamilton who is the painter of the specially-commissioned piece depicting the historic ‘dogfight’ between former Whitgift student Lionel Morris and the famous German pilot Manfred von Richthofen in the skies above Northern France.

The Duke of York viewed the Exhibition garden, on a beautiful autumnal day, to the strains of Good-bye-ee!, once again sung by the Barbershop Ensemble.

See some images from the visit below:

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