‘Ring for the King’ to Take Place This Saturday at America’s National Churchill Museum
WHAT: The bells of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury, will ring a celebratory peal for two minutes to commemorate the coronation of King Charles III, who will be crowned at Westminster Abbey in London, England.
WHEN: 11 a.m. CDT on Saturday, May 6, 2023.
WHERE: The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury, part of America’s National Churchill Museum, on the campus of Westminster College, 501 Westminster Ave., Fulton, Missouri. The Museum will join churches and civic buildings in the United Kingdom to mark the occasion.
WHY: This event will take place to honor the historic connection between America’s National Churchill Museum at Westminster College and the United Kingdom. The historic church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury, was designed in the 1670s by Royal Architect Sir Christopher Wren under the reign of King Charles II. The church was badly damaged in 1940, during World War II. The ruined church stood in London for more than 20 years before being carefully dismantled and moved stone by stone to Westminster College, where it was re-hallowed in 1969 as a memorial to Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech. Churchill delivered his famous address in Westminster’s Historic Gymnasium on March 5, 1946.
Today, the church is the centerpiece of America’s National Churchill Museum and stands as a symbol of peace and the strong, historic ties between the United States and the United Kingdom. In 2019, King Charles (then Prince of Wales) wrote a congratulatory letter to America’s National Churchill Museum at Westminster College on the occasion of the Museum’s 50th Anniversary.
ABOUT: Founded in 1851 and home of Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech, Westminster College in Fulton is ranked prestigiously by U.S. News & World Report as the only National Liberal Arts College in Missouri. It is also listed as one of the top institutions in the country for economic mobility and return on investment, placing in the top 16 percent for graduate earnings with a more than 90 percent placement rate. Westminster is a Forbes Best Value College that focuses on educating and inspiring students to make an impact on the world around them. To find out more about Westminster, please visit our website.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Sarah Backer at 573-220-9038 or Sarah.Backer@WCMO.edu.