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A reflection following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Our country, the Commonwealth and the World grieves for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The tributes we have heard and read over these past few days have rightly focused on her extraordinary dedication to duty and service, her steadfastness, her dignity, her diligence, her love for people and her role as peacemaker. However, there has been much less focus on where the inspiration for all these marks of her life came from. The Queen herself made it very clear throughout her lifetime that the inspiration and anchor for her life was the person of Jesus Christ. For example, in her Christmas message of 2014, she said: “For me, the life of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, whose birth we celebrate today, is an inspiration and anchor in my life”. As Christians, this changes the way we grieve for our Queen.

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