A distant cousin of the Queen has become the first head of the 1,000 year-old Knights of Malta chivalric order to be put on a fast-track path to sainthood.
Andrew Bertie, who died in 2008, was the Grandmaster of the Knights of Malta, a charitable order that was founded by a group of warrior monks during the Crusades. As such he held the title ‘Fra’, as in ‘frater’ or brother.
At a Mass in the Basilica of St John in Lateran in Rome, the former Scots Guards officer was formally placed on the road to sainthood.
If that goes through it will mean that I’ve actually met a saint.
Somewhat odd bloke though, it has to be said. He was at Worth and used to walk down to breakfast, past the dorms, singing the Lord’s Prayer in Arabic.