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Former Kirk Moderator remembers reminiscences of Her Majesty the Queen

The Very Rev Dr John Chalmers at a service of the Chapel Royal in Scotland in August 2022.(Picture: Church of Scotland)

The Very Rev Dr John Chalmers, former Moderator of the Common Meeting of the Church of Scotland and just lately retired member of the Chapel Royal in Scotland, shares a mirrored image on his reminiscences of assembly Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, together with a handwritten letter she wrote remarking on his son JJ Chalmers’ “improbable” efficiency on Strictly Come Dancing: 

Conferences with Her Majesty at all times led to nice and simple conversations.

In her firm at a reception or at a backyard occasion she skilfully labored the room, spending time with as many individuals as she might. There was at all times a smile and most frequently amusing, she was real in her admiration of people that had achieved outstanding issues and it gave her huge pleasure when she was capable of recognise and have a good time these achievements.

At Balmoral the Royal Household had been at their most relaxed and most casual. The Queen in all probability had her softest spot for the Scottish Highlands and for the Balmoral Property. There, she had the liberty to benefit from the nice outside and to share her love of every little thing that was unspoilt in regards to the panorama and the wildlife.

Nothing was extra relaxed and loved than a Saturday night barbecue at one of many lodges on the property. The Queen would drive and considered one of her passengers would at all times be the minister who could be preaching the following morning at Crathie Kirk. The ‘in automotive’ conversations could be broad ranging, pastoral and insightful – nobody who ever loved this privilege might neglect that within the presence of the Monarch you had been being handled as an equal.

Devoted to the Kirk and reflective in her personal religion, the Queen took significantly the conversations she had together with her chaplains. In my very own case, she adopted the journey of our son when he was recovering from the accidents he sustained in Afghanistan.

When she realised that JJ was none aside from the star that she had been watching on Strictly Come Dancing, she penned a handwritten letter reflecting on how “fantastically” he had danced and the way glad she was that “his life had modified a lot”.

I spent many hours over a number of visits with Her Majesty and I by no means had as a lot as a second when I didn’t really feel relaxed in her firm. We talked in regards to the state of the Church, we talked about blood inventory and horse racing and we talked about our kids and household life. She was at all times properly briefed, she knew her company and he or she loved entertaining them, and he or she at all times requested about their pursuits and the challenges they had been going through in life.

In the direction of the top of a meal within the small eating room she delighted in feeding the corgis and the dorgis beneath the desk and also you knew you had arrived while you had been allowed to hitch in.

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