The engagement was to mark the 800th anniversary of the founding of the cathedral and the royal couple each wore vibrant facemasks to satisfy friends.
Throughout the service, these attending sat in single chairs at a protected social distance from one another.
Addressing the service, Charles mentioned: “As we collect right here, we’re profoundly conscious of all those that have gone earlier than us, who’ve bequeathed us the magnificent legacy of this superb constructing, and who’ve maintained the non secular group which has stored the flame of religion alive right here for thus many centuries.
“Through the years, that religion has sustained this metropolis and this land by means of many trials and has finished so by means of the various months of the pandemic we’re presently experiencing.
“Through the years, every problem in flip has been overcome, and that’s the case right this moment when, because of the inspiring work of all those that have been concerned in offering vaccines, we will now look ahead with renewed hope.”
Charles additionally visited Salisbury within the wake of the Novichok poisonings which hit the town in 2018 the place he praised residents’ group spirit.
“In your response to the pandemic too, it’s clear from all I’ve seen and heard that you’ve got met each hardship with an excellent higher resolve,” he mentioned.
“No-one who contemplates this nearly impossibly lovely constructing could be in any doubt that those that raised it, within the face of each problem, have discovered successors who’re their equal in dedication.
“That continuity, it appears to me, is essential. There’s a sense through which this cathedral was not accomplished in 1258 – and has by no means been accomplished. Work on it has continued ever since.
“Guests who consider their view is marred by scaffolding are experiencing what all ages has skilled.
“The work of constructing, of sustaining and of defending for the longer term is for us all to take ahead, in every era – as you’ve gotten finished so splendidly right here.
“It is a dwelling constructing; these live stones, simply because the Church of Christ, whose coming we bear in mind at this Creation time, is at all times meant to be.”
Earlier than leaving, the prince and duchess signed the guests’ guide to mark the event.
Salisbury is exclusive amongst English cathedrals in having moved from one location to a different and that transfer was the catalyst for the town to develop.
The transfer from Previous Sarum was politically, logistically and commercially audacious, made in defiance of the Kings’ males, with an formidable constructing plan that might problem even trendy, technologically superior builders.
Greater than 50 years later, the cathedral boasted a 123-metre spire – the tallest medieval spire within the nation.