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A DOUBLE BOOST FOR MALTA’S CATHEDRAL APPEAL

The Prince of Wales is to attend an event in October to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the George Cross being awarded to Malta which will include a visit to the Pro-Cathedral which is the focus of an appeal for €3 million to restore its tower, 60-metre spire and stonework.

The George Cross was bestowed on the island by the Prince of Wales’ grandfather  King George VI on 15th April 1942, in recognition of the bravery, heroism and devotion that its people displayed during the siege of Malta in the Second World War. The George Cross is still present on the Maltese national flag as a symbol of its peoples’ bravery during the conflict.

Prince Charles has other family links with the cathedral, which was built in 1844 at the instigation of Queen Adelaide. The Duke of Edinburgh is First Friend of the Friends of St Paul's Pro-Cathedral. The Prince has also made a personal donation to the campaign.

The theatrical impressario Sir Cameron Mackintosh, who has a home in Valletta and whose mother was of Maltese descent, has pledged €100,000 to the restoration

“Valletta, a city full of historic buildings, would not be the same without this splendid landmark," Sir Cameron said.  "It is so important that such jewels like St Paul's are maintained for future generations to admire. Once they are gone, they are gone as we have seen from the very sad recent collapse of the Azure Window in Gozo.”

Cameron Mackintosh’s successful stage productions include Cats, Oliver, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera and Mary Poppins.