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    The Cross and The Crown

    Tomorrow, the United Kingdom will pay a final mark of respect to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, whose funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey in London. We know a great deal about The Queen and her life, lived out in the view of the world. One aspect of her life, however, is commented on less often than other aspects – her life of faith. It is said that at her Coronation in 1953, the Queen viewed the most solemn moment not as the one where the glittering Crown of St Edward was placed upon her head, but the private moment in which she was anointed with holy oil; for…

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    Queen Elizabeth II

    Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully this afternoon at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. The nation and the world have lost an extraordinary woman, one of unparalleled dignity, matched by a similar humility. She has faithfully kept the vow she made to the country and to the Commonwealth in 1953, that she would devote her entire life – whether long or short – to service. And this, she did perfectly. .. Thank you, Ma’am – for everything .. The Elizabethan Era is now over. A new moment is beginning. This singular figure of constancy and dependability has been with us for longer than most of us can remember – it…

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    The Last Wave

    Over the past four days, the United Kingdom has been precisely that – united. The reason for this was the celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Beginning with the trooping of the colour and an aerial fly-past over London, then a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, followed by a huge concert on The Mall and ending with a colourful pageant, this was four days of joy. The final flourish was the unexpected – though greatly hoped-for – appearance of The Queen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace earlier this evening. I wonder what our smiling Queen thought as she looked out across the sea of people…

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    A Life of Service

    The United Kingdom is enjoying the start of a four-day bank holiday weekend, celebrating the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Becoming Queen in February 1952, no other British monarch has lived or reigned as long as our present Queen. While not everyone in the nation will be of a mind to celebrate this event, it is enjoyed by the vast majority of people. For me, the Queen represents service; she has long lived-out the promise she made publicly aged 21 – that her life, whether short or long, would be dedicated to the service of the nation. And serve she has. She also represents stability – for…