A Life of Service
At the age of 96, Queen Elizabeth II passed away on the 8th September 2022. As news of her death spread across the world, many have been talking about the impact of her life of service. As church congregations met the following Sunday, many tributes were paid and thanks given for a monarch who often shared her faith in public.
Right from the start, in her first Christmas broadcast (1952) she said:
At my Coronation next June, I shall dedicate myself anew to your service. I shall do so in the presence of a great congregation, drawn from every part of the Commonwealth and Empire, while millions outside Westminster Abbey will hear the promises and the prayers being offered up within its walls, and see much of the ancient ceremony in which Kings and Queens before me have taken part through century upon century.
Pray that God may give me wisdom and strength to carry out the solemn promises I shall be making, and that I may faithfully serve him and you, all the days of my life.
In her 70 years of service, she carried out more than 15,000 official engagements, and gave her support to over 600 charities, and through it all, her faith was a constant. In 2002 she said:
I know just how much I rely on my faith to guid me through the good times and the bad. Each day is a new beginning. I know that the only way to live a 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
2022 brought the opportunity to celebrate 70 years as Queen – one of the world’s longest serving monarchs. At Biblica we were pleased to partner with Hope Together in a special publication highlighting the faithful service of the Queen over these years. The beautifully presented booklet, shares the witness of the Queen’s 70 years of faithful service, and has now become a fitting and appropriate memorial gift for any wanting to give something away to help others grasp the centrality of the Queen’s faith over her lifetime of service. You can order copies by clicking here.