This special service was held on 20th October, the actual anniversary of the coronation in 1714, in St Martin in the Fields in London in the presence of HRH The Duke of Kent and the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany. The service marked the 300th anniversary of the beginning of the Hannoverian period, seeking to celebrate he links between Britain and Germany and the start of the Georgian era in Britain, with its arts and architecture and its evolution towards parliamentary democracy.
The lessons at the service were those read at George I’s coronation service in Westminster Abbey on the same day in 1714, and on this occasion were read by HRH The Duke of Kent, and the Chair of Bristol-Hannover Council, Dr Ann Kennard. Anthems sung at the original coronation were also sung by a small choir, accompanied by a consort with period instruments. The invitation to participate in the ceremony was a great honour for Bristol-Hannover Council, and we are most grateful to the British-German Association for this. The photograph shows Ann with John Hobley, Secretary of the BGA, at the reception which followed the service.