The Archbishop of Canterbury, the pinnacle of the Church of England, stated on Friday that when he met with Queen Elizabeth II in June she appeared to have “no concern of dying.”
“I got here away pondering there’s somebody who has no concern of dying, has hope sooner or later, is aware of the rock on which she stands and that offers her power,” Justin Welby informed BBC’s Radio 4 on Friday, sooner or later after the queen died “peacefully” at her Scottish Balmoral Fortress retreat.
He added, “You felt that historical past was in entrance of you, but it surely was historical past with these piercingly blue eyes twinkling, that extraordinary smile and the relishing of a fast dry remark.”
He stated the queen felt, “It’s not about me, it’s about what I’ve been known as … by God to do.”
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Welby had met with the queen at Windsor Fortress to current her with a particular Canterbury Cross for her “unstinting service” to the Church throughout her reign.
The archbishop additionally lauded King Charles III over his first speech since ascending to the throne.
“Thanks, Your Majesty, for these phrases of consolation and hope for us all, spoken amidst such profound sorrow,” Welby tweeted. “We maintain you and your loved ones in our prayers. Could God’s trustworthy love now and all the time.”
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Charles is now the supreme governor of the Church of England, a ceremonial position that his mom held since she grew to become queen in 1952.
The Church of England additionally supplied a prayer for King Charles on Friday: “Eternal God, we pray for our new king. Bless his reign and the lifetime of our nation. Assist us to work collectively in order that fact and justice, concord and equity flourish amongst us; By Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
On Thursday, the archbishop stated his prayers and the nation’s had been with the queen after Buckingham Palace introduced docs had been “involved” for her well being quickly earlier than she died at 96.
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“My prayers, and the prayers of individuals throughout the Church of England and the nation, are with Her Majesty The Queen at this time,” he stated in a press release. “Could God’s presence strengthen and luxury Her Majesty, her household, and people who are caring for her at Balmoral.”
The archbishop spoke throughout a Service of Prayer and Reflection for the queen on Friday evening.
Bishop of London Dame Sarah Mullally, known as the queen’s lifelong service a “uncommon jewel” through the service. “It’s a jewel that Her late Majesty The Queen wore as a crown, she stated.
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New Prime Minister Liz Truss was amongst these in attendance.