When information broke Thursday of Queen Elizabeth II’s death at age 96, I instantly consulted with the main professional of her 70 years on the throne I do know: my spouse, Tamie. Significantly, I texted my bride of 32 years.
“Sure, I’ve been watching,” she replied. “The information and social, that’s.”
A number of years in the past, Tamie, a fellow author, despatched the queen a letter and acquired one again in an enveloped stamped “Royal Mail” from Buckingham Palace.
“She by no means sat for an interview, so a number of documentaries are the closest factor to listening to her requested/answering questions,” Tamie advised me. “I assumed it was price writing to inform her how a lot I loved it, and this response got here a number of weeks afterward her behalf.”
“The Queen needs me to put in writing and thanks to your card and really form message,” the reply stated.
Did Elizabeth truly see my spouse’s letter? Tamie has no means of figuring out. I’m a skeptical journalist, so I’m guessing not. But it surely’s cool to think about that she did.
Within the meantime, listed here are 5 info about faith within the lifetime of Elizabeth, who wrote the foreword to a 2016 British Bible Society guide titled “The Servant Queen and the King She Serves” (that king being Jesus):
(1) She was the official head of the Church of England.
The Related Press obituary by Danica Kirka, Jill Lawless and Sylvia Hui explains:
In Britain’s constitutional monarchy, the queen is head of state however has little direct energy; in her official actions she does what the federal government orders. Nevertheless, she was not with out affect. The queen, formally the top of the Church of England, as soon as reportedly commented that there was nothing she may do legally to dam the appointment of a bishop, “however I can all the time say that I ought to like extra info. That is a sign that the prime minister won’t miss.”
(2) She spoke brazenly about her Christian religion.
Writing for Faith Information Service, Catherine Pepinster notes:
Whereas Defender of the Religion has been an inherited title and little extra, Elizabeth II embraced it and in recent times made it her personal, talking very brazenly about her religion and explaining the way it offered the framework of her life.
She did this largely by her annual Christmas message, a convention begun by her grandfather, George V, in 1932, and continued by her father. Her early Christmas Day broadcasts had been platitudinous — the vacations as an event for household was a frequent theme. In 2000, nevertheless, she spoke of the millennium as the two,000-year anniversary of the beginning of Jesus Christ, “who was destined to alter the course of our historical past.”
She went on to talk very personally and admittedly about her religion: “For me the teachings of Christ and my very own private accountability earlier than God present a framework wherein I attempt to lead my life. I, like so a lot of you, have drawn nice consolation in troublesome instances from Christ’s phrases and instance.” Comparable sentiments have been aired at Christmas ever since.