The Queen who Relied on the King of Kings

King Charles III greets members of the public outside Clarence House in London after he was formally proclaimed monarch by the Privy Council, Saturday Sept. 10, 2022. ( James Manning/PA via AP)

Queen Elizabeth II has passed from death to new life. Long live the King!

Since childhood, I have been a fan of the Queen’s. Growing up in Canada, we began each day’s class with the singing of “God Save the Queen” and a recitation of the Lord’s Prayer.

Queen Elizabeth visited Winnipeg once when I was probably two or three years old. I have a vague memory of sitting on my Dad’s shoulders as we stood in a crowd of thousands, watching the Queen pass in front of us.

I kept a scrapbook with pictures and newsclippings about the Queen and her family. King Charles and I are about the same age, and I used to imagine I would marry him (the fantasies of a child–thankful that one was never fulfilled. I got my own prince!)

Billy Graham with Queen Elizabeth II in 1989

I was glad to see that The Crown, which I know is fiction inspired by fact, included scenes of the Queen meeting with Billy Graham and listening to his sermons on the tellie. Evidently the two of them built a real friendship over the years.

The Queen was a symbol of stability in the UK. The longest serving monarch in British history “reigned on the British throne for seven decades while relying on Jesus Christ, the King of kings.” (BGEA)

Was she perfect? No. Did her family face extremely difficult challenges? Yes indeed. Was she universally loved by those who experienced subjugation of one sort or another from the UK? No. But I heard that a recent poll of Britons, asked their most admired person, showed 98% listed the Queen. And from what I have read, the Queen’s faith sustained and guided her throughout her life.

A woman places flowers at Buckingham Palace in tribute to the queen. (Toby Melville/Reuters)

Although we are capable of great acts of kindness, history teaches us that we sometimes need saving from ourselves—from our recklessness or our greed. God sent into the world a unique Person—neither a philosopher nor a general, important though they are, but a Savior, with the power to forgive. … It is my prayer that on this Christmas Day we might all find room in our lives for the message of the angels and for the love of God through Christ our Lord.”

Queen elizabeth ii
christmas message, 2011

I am saddened by the loss of this gracious, funny, wise woman from the world stage. In King Charles’ speech acceptance speech he asked for the help of Almighty God. I pray he will follow in his mother’s footsteps, allowing God to guide him even while he works to modernize the monarchy.

What are your thoughts on the death of the Queen?

2 Responses

  1. MarJean Peters says:

    Thank you for giving us an excerpt of the Queen’s Christmas message. I too was a fan of this Queen as I also grew up in Canada, and sang “O Canada” every morning at school and “God Save The Queen” before we were dismissed at the end of the day. I drew pictures of the Queen in long, A-frame dresses and crowns. I pretended the Queen was coming to visit us so I would be meticulous in setting the table. The Queen was my mother’s age, Prince Charles, my age, Princess Anne, my brother’s age, and about 8 years later the Queen had Prince Andrew at about the same time my mother had my baby sister, Karen. I did not want to move to the States when I was 12, because the U.S. only had a president but I had a QUEEN! Ahhh, yes, I held her in high esteem. I’m saddened to read King Charles wants to be the “Defender of the faithS,” though his mother was Defender of THE Faith.” What grace for God to give Queen Elizabeth such a long life and hold back the evil that comes.

    • carolnl says:

      Thank you MarJean! I can just see the two of us, fantasizing about the royal family coming for a visit. Yes, “O Canada” was on our song list too! She will be missed! God’s grace kept her in that position for 70 amazing years. Interesting that you, Richard and Karen were all born around the same time as the Queen’s first three children. Blessings!