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The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

This month we celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. She is the longest reigning monarch in British history. Up until recently she attended church every week and still did a full week’s work at the age of 96!

It is her commitment to serving God and the nation which stands out in her life. Even before she became Queen, she made a promise, which she has kept for over 75 years: ‘I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service’ (21st birthday broadcast, 21 April 1947).

What is the secret of the Queen’s consistency of character and service? In 2002 she said this: “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.” These are wise words from somebody who draws her strength from the Christian Faith and can inspire all of us who want to make our lives count!

The Queen has been an example of joyful, wise, and generous service on behalf of others all her life. Six months before her coronation she asked the nation and Commonwealth to “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.” Paul urges us to pray for all in authority, “that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” (1 Timothy 2:2)

Rev Kate Plant


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