‘I loved her and will miss her very deeply’: Archbishop Justin Welby says as he remembers the late queen on first anniversary of her death.

‘I loved her and will miss her very deeply’: Archbishop Justin Welby says as he remembers the late queen on first anniversary of her death.

Archbishop of Canterbury Pays Tribute to His Mother and Queen Elizabeth II

Funeral and Remembrance

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, publicly paid tribute to his mother, Lady Jane Williams, in the wake of her recent funeral. Speaking on Radio 4’s Today Programme during the Thought for the Day segment, Archbishop Welby shared that his mother’s funeral had taken place on Tuesday. He expressed his deep love for her and the void her passing had left in his life. In addition to remembering his mother, Archbishop Welby also marked the first anniversary of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the monarch he had led the funeral proceedings for last year.

Lady Jane Williams’s Remarkable Life

Lady Jane Williams passed away at the age of 93 in July, leaving behind a legacy of a remarkable life. She had worked as a secretary for Winston Churchill from 1949 to 1955. Her son, Archbishop Welby, described her life as remarkable, highlighting her courage, faithfulness, and contributions to society.

Archbishop’s Reflections on Loss and Legacy

During his radio segment, Archbishop Welby reflected on the passage of time and the enduring nature of values and virtues. He quoted a passage from the Bible, emphasizing the eternal nature of certain aspects, even as life changes. He expressed that while his family would no longer enjoy his mother’s presence, her love, integrity, and other virtues would continue to shine through her descendants.

Remembering Queen Elizabeth II

Archbishop Welby also paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, recalling her obedience to God, her sense of duty, and her love for her people. He acknowledged the enduring impact of her reign and the hope she provided to the nation.

Empathy for Those Dealing with Loss

The Archbishop extended empathy to those who had experienced personal losses in recent months, acknowledging that many listeners might not be thinking about kings and queens but about their own grief. He emphasized the importance of expressing love and support to those who are grieving, reaffirming that they are not alone in their sorrow.

Lady Jane Williams’s Journey and Redemption

Lady Jane Williams’s life journey was described by her son as one of redemption, which she found through her faith in Jesus Christ and her loving service to others. Her story, marked by ups and downs, brought joy to Archbishop Welby, and he celebrated each step she took toward a fuller life.

Uncovering Family Secrets

The Archbishop also shared a personal revelation about his own family history. It was discovered in 2016 that his biological father was not the man he had believed to be his father, Gavin Welby, but rather Sir Anthony Montague Brown, Sir Winston Churchill’s private secretary. The revelation came after a DNA test confirmed the biological relationship between Archbishop Welby and Montague Brown. Lady Jane Williams issued a statement at the time, expressing her shock and the circumstances of her brief relationship with Montague Brown.

This tribute and reflection by Archbishop Welby provide insight into his personal life, values, and the enduring impact of his mother’s legacy, as well as his remembrance of Queen Elizabeth II.

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