Members were invited to join Duel Day which took place on 23 March 2022 at the Savile Club. It commemorates the anniversary of the duel fought in March 1829 between the Duke of Wellington and the Earl of Winchelsea and is always celebrated around this time of year. Members commemorated Wellington’s role in the founding of King’s and after dinner David Tamby Rajah (OK 1985) played the part of the Earl of Winchelsea.2017 Duel Day Dinner
The Duel Day dinner was held at the Athenaeum Club on Pall Mall. A reenactment, pistols and all, commemorates a duel between the Duke of Wellington and the Earl of Winchelsea in 1829. Alexander Malmaeus and Richard Bates led the Old King’s Club. SEE FACEBOOKDuel Day 2016
Due to an early Easter and the Archbishop of Canterbury’s schedule, this year’s dinner was held at the Savile Club in Mayfair instead of Lambeth Palace. An extremely jovial evening reached its climax with the re-enactment of the 1829 duel between the Duke of Wellington and the Earl of Winchelsea. The part of Jeremy Bentham was played by Richard Criddle (OK 1986). SEE FAACEBOOKDuel Day 2015
Once again, members of the Old King’s Club attended the annual Duel Dinner at Lambeth Palace. This year, the Earl of Winchelsea (the villain of the piece) was played by Alexander Malmaeus.Duel Day Goes Off With 2 Bangs
The Old King’s Club were out in force at the 2014 Duel Day Dinner, held at Lambeth Palace. Following drinks in the Arch Bishop’s drawing room, members and guests paid homage to one of the three founders of King’s, Archbishop William Howley (1766-1848) by laying flowers below his portrait. The Palace kitchens produced an excellent meal, which was followed by the traditional re-enactment of the famous duel of 1829.The Duke of Wellington was played by Alexander Malmaeus, Chairman of the Old King’s Club and the Earl of Winchelsea was played by Andrew Parrish, President of the King’s College Alumni Association.
Younger members concluded the evening at the Savile Club.