Princess Alexandra was the guest of honour at the rededication of St Andrew's Church in Short Street - just yards from The Cut - on Wednesday.
The Princess with the Mayor of Southwark, Cllr Vicky Naish
The Princess signs the visitors' book
Builders worked through the night to prepare the building for the Royal visit and rededication.
In his address the Bishop referred to the 150-year history of St Andrew's, which first opened in Coin Street in 1856.
He added that it was particularly appropriate that Princess Alexandra should be present, as her mother Princess Marina of Greece had laid the foundation stone of the post-war St Andrew's in 1958.
Princess Alexandra is no stranger to the parish of Waterloo, having performed the reopening of St John's Waterloo in 1998 following its restoration. She also attended a service at St John's in 2001 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Festival of Britain on the South Bank.
Local artist Roger Manning, who lives on The Cut, with his work The Holy Circle of Life in the entrance to St Andrew's
• There is an opportunity for local residents to visit the new church for tea, a tour of the building and a short act of worship on Sunday 14 May from 4pm.