HRH The Princess Royal’s visit to Ely on May 17th was an exciting day for us all, especially for King’s Ely Senior student, Rufus Hillier!

Rufus, who is in Year 11, is passionate about aviation. He is considering joining the RAF, so he was in his element getting up close to the helicopter that The Princess Royal arrived in. The helicopter landed on one of our playing fields and Rufus was even able to have a chat with her pilot.

As many of you will have seen on social media, The Princess Royal visited Ely Cathedral this week for the official unveiling of the Fenland Black Oak Project Table, which has been dedicated to HM The Queen in the year of her Platinum Jubilee.

The table is made from 5,000-year-old black oak that was discovered in farmland near Ely. It will be on display until March 2023.

The masterpiece is receiving a lot of attention and in today’s (May 19th) Morning Cathedral Service for Years 7 and 8, students and staff enjoyed seeing the table in the flesh and hearing more about the fascinating project from our Principal, John Attwater.

Find out more about the Fenland Black Oak Project here:

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