‘Queen Elizabeth had no regrets. She was at peace in the days before she died and her thoughts dwelled upon her faith, on her father and upon the sheer beauty of Balmoral’

‘Queen Elizabeth had no regrets. She was at peace in the days before she died and her thoughts dwelled upon her faith, on her father and upon the sheer beauty of Balmoral’

The Queen’s Tranquil End Despite the family discord that characterized her later years, Her Late Majesty Elizabeth II found solace and serenity as she approached the end of her life, according to the senior clergyman who spent time with her at Balmoral shortly before her passing. Mr. Justice Roth revealed that Queen Elizabeth met her Maker without regrets and in a state of tranquility.

The Role of Dr. Iain Greenshields Dr. Iain Greenshields, then Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, was a guest of the Queen at Balmoral during the previous summer. Despite her frailty, their one-on-one conversations revealed the Queen’s sharp mind and deep contemplation, primarily centered on her faith and that of her father, King George VI.

A Focus on Faith Dr. Greenshields noted that the Queen was particularly eager to discuss matters of faith during her Platinum Jubilee year. He expressed surprise at the Queen’s frail condition, yet she insisted on his presence to deliver a sermon at Crathie Church.

Private Conversations on Faith and Love for Scotland During her final meals, the Queen continued to speak about her faith and her love for Scotland, with Balmoral holding a special place in her heart. Her serenity was evident as she looked out the window and expressed her admiration for the scenery.

Reflections on Faith Before the End Dr. Greenshields, reflecting on his experience, compared the Queen’s openness about her faith to his own mother’s similar expression before her death. He speculated that people may unconsciously prepare for the end and often reflect on their parents, as the Queen did.

Queen Elizabeth’s Faith The Queen’s deep Christian faith was a cornerstone of her 70-year reign. She approached her role as a Christian, attending church regularly, singing hymns, and cherishing the Book of Common Prayer and the Bible. Her faith was more than personal spirituality; it guided her life and duties as the Supreme Governor of the Church of England.

Bridging Divides As Supreme Governor during a time of increasing secularism and religious diversity, the Queen skillfully bridged the gap between the Church and society, sharing her beliefs without proselytizing. Her Christmas Day broadcasts were notable examples of this approach.

A Reflective Funeral Queen Elizabeth, though initially reluctant to discuss her funeral arrangements, eventually chose hymns that held personal significance. Her funeral was Anglican in character but also accommodated leaders of other faiths. The chosen hymns, including “The Lord’s My Shepherd,” reflected her steadfast faith.

The Monarch’s Peaceful Transition During her committal, the Queen’s scepter was placed alongside the orb and the Imperial State Crown, symbolizing the relinquishment of her royal duties. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, once a queen, became a Christian soul like any other believer. Her unwavering faith and gratitude to God were evident throughout her reign.

Author’s Note Catherine Pepinster is the author of “Defenders of the Faith – the British Monarchy, Religion, and the Coronation.”

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