During a private dinner at Lambeth Palace, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall gathered to send off the Bishop of London who is going into retirement.
The Duchess looked stunning in purple as she joined her husband and Rt Rev Richard Charters and his wife Caroline for the stylish banquet. Most Rev Justin Welby and his wife, Caroline hosted their guests at their central London home.
The Bishop of London is retiring after serving the ministry for 22 years.
Throughout his 22 years, the Church of England in London has significantly grown, opposite of the rest of the nation where church goers have been decreasing.
Rt Rev Chartres was appointed Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) in the 2009 Queen’s Birthday Honours.
He also shares Prince Charles’s passion for the environment. He led the 2006 campaign “shrinking the footprint” that hopes to cut 80% of the church’s carbon emissions by the year 2050. The Independent on Sunday named Rt Rev Chartres on their October 2008 “Green List” as number 75 out the Britain’s top 100 environmentalists.
The 69-year-old was previously the Gresham Professor of Divinity from 1987–1992 and Area Bishop of Stepney from 1992–1995.
In November 1995, he was confirmed as the Bishop of London. This also made him Prelate of the Order of the British Empire and Dean of the Chapel Royal. He is a Privy Counsellor.
Two years later he was appointed a chaplain of the Most Venerable Order of Saint John (ChStJ). In addition, he is also an Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple, a Liveryman of the Merchant Taylors’ Company and of the Worshipful Company of Vintners, an Honorary Freeman of the Weavers’ and the Woolmen Companies.
He was one of the executors of Diana, Princess of Wales will. Rt Rev Chartres has been part of Prince William’s life as well, confirming him and preaching a sermon at his 2011 wedding.
The successor for Rt Rev Richard Chartres is expected to be announced within the year.