“Should this beautiful window cause just a little extra colour to shine down upon this ancient place, I should gladly settle for that.”
The speech in the video above was delivered by the Queen in Westminster Hall on 20 March this year. “Westminster Hall is the oldest building in Parliament and almost the only part of the ancient Palace of Westminster which survives in almost its original form. The Hall was built in 1097 under William II (Rufus), the son of William the Conqueror, and was completed two years later.” In other words, Westminster Hall is a functioning building which, in 85 years time, will be 1,000 years old. Though later in date, “The magnificent hammer-beam roof of Westminster Hall is the largest medieval timber roof in Northern Europe. Measuring 20.7 by 73.2 metres (68 by 240 feet), the roof was commissioned in 1393 by Richard II, and is a masterpiece of design.”
In her speech the Queen draws our attention to the new stained glass window (the latest addition to the Hall) with the words, “Should this beautiful window cause just a little extra colour to shine down upon this ancient place, I should gladly settle for that.” In many ways the words symbolize what we at The Heritage Trust, and others elsewhere who work tirelessly to protect and preserve our global heritage, stand for.
Quotes above on Westminster Hall from Living Heritage.