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The Duchess of Cornwall attends a church service for journalists

23rd October 2012

The Duchess of Cornwall attends a church service for journalists

The Duchess of Cornwall attends a church service for journalists at St Bride's Church

The Duchess of Cornwall has commemorated during a church service in central London journalists who have lost their lives in war zones.

Her Royal Highness was among a host of media professionals who attended the annual service at St Bride's Church.

The service, titled A Hard Calling - Reporting from the Frontline, was this year dedicated to Marie Colvin, who died in Syria earlier this year.

Ms Colvin, 56, was killed on February 22 when Syrian army shells struck the building that served as a makeshift media centre in Homs. Ms Colvin, an American, was reporting for The Sunday Times.

The Duchess unveiled a page in the St Bride's Memorial Book dedicated to Ms Colvin. The page includes a quotes from the veteran corespondent during an address at the St Bride's service in 2010.

Ms Colvin's quote read: "It has always been a hard calling but the need for frontline objective reporting has never been stronger."

The Duchess has recently been made patron, the Guild of St Bride.

The church, on Fleet Street, regards itself as a spiritual home for journalists throughout the world.