The only lay person buried in Westminster Cathedral is Count Alexander Benckendorff, and yesterday we received a surprise visit from his grandaughter. Count Benckendorff's story - and how he came to be buried in the crypt at Westminster Cathedral - is extraordinary.
Yesterday we received a visit from Mrs Humphrey Brooke, grand-daughter of Count Benckendorff, and took her to see the tomb. There had been already an extraordinary occasion, two years ago, when the current Russian Ambassador and the Russian Archbishop in London came and prayed at the tomb. This was a more intimate moment - below, Fr Michael Seed points out the inscription to Mrs Brooke.