Surrounded by close colleagues and friends, Dr. Winston Wong paid a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral yesterday while in London for a series of events honoring his recent designation as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
St. Paul’s Cathedral – one of London’s most recognizable historic landmarks – is the “spiritual” home of the OBE and the Order has a designated chapel located there.
The Chapel of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire – also referred to as St. Faith’s Chapel – was dedicated in 1960 by Her Majesty The Queen and her husband, Prince Philip.
According to a history of St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Order’s chapel also is known as St Faith’s in remembrance of the St. Faith’s parish church, which was attached to the old St. Paul’s Cathedral before it was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666, which lasted nearly five days and destroyed a third of the city.
The OBE Chapel is one of the busiest areas in all of St. Paul’s. In addition to being a place of prayer, the Chapel is used for educational work, including an OBE-sponsored program that introduces children to organ music. (https://www.stpauls.co.uk/news-press/latest-news/today-in-history-1960-the-obe-chapel-is-dedicated-in-the-presence-of-the-queen)