Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Prince Charles leads Dickens 200th celebrations

Who would've guessed that Prince Charles, heir to the English throne, would be leading the Dickens 200th celebration by laying wreath at Dickens' grave?

But Prince Charles isn't the only one to turn out to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens. US actress Gillian Anderson did a reading from Dickens' work and English actor Ralph Fiennes made an appearance at a special ceremony where Dickens was buried. According to an article written by Mike Collett-White for Reuters titled "UPDATE 2-Prince Charles leads Dickens 200th celebrations" :
The event marked the largest gathering of Dickens' descendants, with over 200 family members attending.
"This bicentenary should help renew our commitment to improving the lot of the disadvantaged of our own day," said the Dean of Westminster, John Hall, referring to Dickens' preoccupation with inequality and poverty.
I'm so glad to read about all the world wide media attention surrounding the anniversary of such a beloved writer!! It sure beats reading about the usual media fare these days!

2 comments:

  1. About 20 years ago, I went to a Dickens dinner at an historic inn in Ohio where Dickens once stayed. I thought that was pretty neat.

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