The Servant Queen
We are all seeking to come to terms with the news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II even though in recent weeks it has been clear she was frail. Her dignity and humility were evident right to the end.
Throughout her life there was something very compelling about the commitment and strength of character of Elizabeth II. It was apparent in her 21st birthday broadcast commitment that her life, ‘whether long or short shall be devoted to your service’.
As Queen that commitment remained throughout her reign. When politicians seem to have abandoned their moral compass she has remained steadfast and loyal to what she saw as her calling in life. In all things she showed kindness, devotion and honour in serving others.
The clue to understanding her life, is her faith. In 2002 she said:
’I know just how much I rely on my faith to guide me through the good times and the bad. Each day is a new beginning. 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…I draw strength from the message of hope in the Christian gospel.’
Her deep and unswerving faith has been at the heart of her life, her remarkable consistency and extraordinary contribution to the life of our nation. As Christians in Winchester, we will give thanks for her life, seek to follow her example and pray for the new King.
May she rest in peace and rise in glory.
Revd Dr G. Howard Mellor
Chair, Churches Together in Winchester