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London attractions: St Paul's Cathedral is an architectural delight with rich royal heritage

Published: Friday 19th of October 2012

People looking for things to do in London should consider a trip to St Paul's Cathedral - one of the capital's architectural marvels.

St Paul's is the Cathedral of the Diocese of London and was designed by renowned architect Sir Christopher Wren. However, its history goes back even further than the 17th century when it was built.

The present St Paul's is the fifth cathedral to have stood on the spot since the year 604, and was commissioned after its predecessor was destroyed in the Great Fire of London.

It has always had a special relationship with the royal family, with many historic occasions having taken place there. In 1897 Queen Victoria chose to have her diamond jubilee here, and Queen Elizabeth II has celebrated both her jubilees and her 80th birthday at St Pauls.

Going further back in time, the wedding of Catherine of Aragon to Prince Arthur - Henry VIII's older brother also took place here. After the untimely death of Arthur, Catherine would go on to become the first of Henry's six wives.

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Posted by Samantha Reed

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