Creating a Sheffield Cathedral service fit for a Queen

Jonathan Moseley with the floral display for the High Altar where the Queen will be seated during the service at Sheffield Cathedral
Jonathan Moseley with the floral display for the High Altar where the Queen will be seated during the service at Sheffield Cathedral
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The Queen was treated to a display of the finest local craftsmanship - including an elaborate floral display and a tribute to Sheffield’s metalworking heritage - during her visit to the cathedral.

Thousands were expected to gather on the streets to see Her Majesty, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, as she came to Sheffield to distribute the Royal Maundy money to 89 men and 89 women.

Timed to coincide with the visit, designer Corin Mellor was commissioned to produce two new processional torches for the cathedral.

The silver ‘Acolyte’ candles combined hallmarked sterling silver, decorative aluminium and rosewood staffs.

Both candles were funded by the Friends of Sheffield Cathedral and were assembled in Corin’s workshop in Hathersage, where he continues to run the family firm set up by his father David.

Meanwhile, Peak District-based floral designer Jonathan Moseley created a display of flowers in Easter shades of lemon, cream and lilac in honour of the Royal visitors.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to design for such a special guest and I wanted everything to be perfect,” said Jonathan, floral expert for TV’s Big Allotment Challenge.

“I chose classically elegant flowers like oriental lilies, yellow roses and gladioli but wanted to combine them with more natural spring materials like forsythia, willow and dogwood to create visually arresting designs, as I know Her Majesty loves plant materials that are arranged naturally.”