On Sunday 1 July, following the ordination of Mary Styles and Dana English, Sandra Annovazzi, (above, in the green dress) one of the Churchwardens in All Saints Rome, presented me with a beautifully bound book of the congratulatory wishes which were collected from parishes across the diocese. The handsome volume will be presented to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth this year, to express our joy on the occasion of her diamond jubilee.
Sunday 1 July was also Canada Day. Now, Sandra is a (persuasive) Canadian, and she encouraged a "pop-up" choir to lead a rousing version of the Canadian National Anthem, O Canada. There are a number of Canadian families in All Saints.
The Canadian flag flies permanently in All Saints near the memorial to the 48th Highlanders of Canada, who were instrumental in the liberation of Italy in 1943. The regiment's Colonel-in-Chief is Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.