Honouring Her Majesty
This week we celebrated the 90th birthday of our country’s longest reigning monarch, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen's birthday was on 21 April but with many events taking place to mark her birthday in Windsor this weekend we thought it would be an opportune time to honour Her Majesty.
We honoured The Queen at our Sunday service held at the Theatre Royal in Windsor, with a speech, photos, and videos recognising her life of service.
We also gave out the book 'The Servant Queen And The King She Serves' which beautifully portrays her commitment to the United Kingdom and God.
Her Majesty the Queen has lived a life of service that began long before her accession to the throne. At just 21 years old, she made a defining broadcast from Cape Town in which she uttered now famous words;
"My whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service."
During her reign Her Majesty has;
- presided over two thirds of our history as a full democracy.
- met a quarter of all the American Presidents since Independence.
- provided council to no fewer than 12 Prime Ministers.
- worked with well over 150 Prime Ministers in her other realms.
- represented our country on 266 official visits to 116 different countries.
- made an extraordinary contribution to the future of our Commonwealth, growing it from 8 Members in 1952 to 53 today.
Her role as Supreme Governor of the Church of England has also been incredibly important to her. She has often said that her life is inspired not only by her love of this great country but also by her faith in God. As she said;
"I know that the only way to live my life is to try to do what is right, to take the long view, to give of my best in all that the day brings, and to put my trust in God."
And in standing up for Christianity she has been clear that the Church of England has a duty to protect the free practice of all faiths in our country.
She always speaks openly of her faith in her Christmas Day messages and in her most recent message she quoted from the book of John, stating that Jesus is the light we need in the dark times of life ‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.’”