Managing Director Mingles with Her Majesty The Queen

24 AUGUST 2011
St Paul’s Cathedral celebrated its 300th birthday, which is why on the 21st June 2011 Mr Carl Edwards, (MD of The CEL Group) was invited to and attended the celebrations, alongside none other than Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth for a special anniversary service held by the Cathedral’s Dean, The Right Reverend Graeme Knowles.

CEL Limited have played a substantial part in the restoration of St Paul’s Cathedral over the years with the supply and fit of traditional sand cast lead. Over the last 15 years, at a cost of approx. £40 million, St Paul’s Cathedral has been repaired, restored and cleaned inside and out so that it stands proud in the city of London once again.

During three centuries of jostling for status with Westminster Abbey, St Paul's has been the setting for some grand occasions. They include the jubilee celebrations for Queen Victoria, services to mark the end of the First World War, and The Second World War, (which it barely survived), the first wedding of Prince Charles and the funerals of Winston Churchill, the Duke of Wellington and Admiral Lord Nelson.

The dean invited the congregation including The Queen to admire some of the infamous monuments within St Paul’s Cathedral, more memorable though was the commemoration for the famed Architect Christopher Wren, a tremendous epitaph composed by his son, set into the marble floor:

"Lector si monumentum requieris, circumspice."  Reader, if you seek a monument, look around you.

"What better monument could a man leave behind him, other than a cathedral which has come to represent the presence of God at the heart of this amazing city?" the dean asked.

To be able to say that CEL Limited has taken part in the restoration of such a historic and prestigious project is an honour and meeting the Queen was quite another.