Chaplain to the authority’s Lord Mayor, Rev Canon Roger Royle told the Sunday Times: “I had feedback from people who were very disappointed but that is the instruction I was given so that is what I did.”
Attention was drawn to the decision when the toastmaster announced a grace, before Rev Royle was forced to explain he would instead read an excerpt from the awards website.
The City of London Corporation told the Sunday Times: “[We] respect people of all religious beliefs and those who have none. The note of thanks felt most appropriate for our audience as a celebration of London’s diversity.”
Rev Royle told the newspaper: “I don’t see why we didn’t have a proper grace because the atmosphere of the evening was perfectly Christian and the message would be perfectly in keeping… I suppose it is partly this respect of the multi-faith world in which we live.
“In the City… you’ve got to make sure that God does get a look in.”
A prayer of thanksgiving was dropped from an official dinner in central London in the interests of “diversity”, it has emerged.