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We are extremely proud to announce that on 18 October, at Mansion House in the City of London, His Majesty King Charles III received a Loyal Address from the Senior Grecian (head student) of Christ’s Hospital, Zaphaneth Puplampu, according to an ancient tradition dating back to 1553.
King Charles and Queen Camilla attended a dinner in their honour at Mansion House, held by the City of London. Zaphaneth Puplampu had the privilege of delivering a speech (Loyal Address) to the Royal party, before approaching the King’s table to present him with the written version.
A Loyal Address from a Christ’s Hospital student is given during the first official Royal visit to, or through, the City of London and has become a long-standing tradition. It is more often written down rather than spoken and has been accepted by many, but not all, of the monarchs since Mary I. Queen Elizabeth II received the Loyal Address on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral, on 9 June 1953.
Zaphaneth said of the experience: ‘I am incredibly honoured to have had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of addressing the King at Mansion House. The whole event was surreal; I was surrounded by great people in an amazing setting, and I’m very grateful to have done it on behalf of the students of Christs Hospital!’