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Remembering 1916 exhibition gets the Royal seal of approval

Remembering 1916 – Life on the Western Front was honoured to receive a visit from His Royal Highness The Duke of York, KG, on Thursday 13 October. Whitgift School’s longstanding Patron viewed the Exhibition for the first time since its launch, in March this year. He received a warm welcome from the Whitgift Headmaster and Exhibition Director, Dr Barnett, alongside 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 took a keen interest.

Midway through the Exhibition, in the Edwardian Room, the tour party stopped for a short trio of performances; 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 Lefèvre, 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.

During the second half of the tour, His Royal Highness met aviation artist, Alex Hamilton, 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 exited the Exhibition garden, on a beautiful autumnal day, to the strains of Good-bye-ee!, once again sung by the Barbershop Ensemble. He described Remembering 1916 as ‘a brilliant exhibition’.