In accordance to the Court Circular, HRH Princess Beatrice of York and The Duke of York officially attends a memorial service for Sir David Frost at Westminster Abbey on March 13, 2014 in London, England view more photos on tumblr
Sir David Paradine Frost, OBE Kt (7 April 1939 – 31 August 2013) was an English journalist, comedian, writer, media personality and television host.Known for his incisive interviews – above all, with disgraced US president Richard Nixon – Sir David spent more than 50 years as a television star.
His award-winning interview style was considered non-aggressive, affable and effusive – but he had a talent for extracting intriguing information and revealing reactions from his subjects.
During his series of five interviews with Nixon in 1977, the slippery former president known as “Tricky Dicky” dramatically admitted that he had “let down the country”.
The encounter later formed the basis of the play Frost/Nixon, which was made into a hit film with Michael Sheen playing Sir David.The Dean of Westminster, the Very Rev Dr John Hall, said Sir David was “amongst our greatest communicators”.
“Surely it was the warmth of his humanity, his interest in people, and what made them tick, that made his ‘Hello, good evening and welcome’ welcome in the world’s living rooms,” he said.
Two of Sir David’s sons delivered poems during the service and hymns included He Who Would Valiant Be and Jerusalem.
Ronnie Corbett, who worked with Sir David in the 1960s satire boom that launched both their careers, was among those who read prayers during the service.