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Dear Friends........

I really enjoyed the four days of Platinum Jubilee celebrations – mostly watched from the comfort of my sofa, thanks to the television coverage. (I did manage to get off the sofa long enough for an evening stroll to Priory Park to watch the lighting of the Reigate beacon.) We were supposed to be in York (a story for another day) but I know I would have seen little of the events had we managed to get away at half term. Every cloud has a silver lining.

Like most people interviewed during the course of the BBC coverage, I have great admiration for our Queen. Her quiet dignity, her devotion to duty, her personal but profound faith, her diplomatic skills shown on both national and international levels, her love of family, her ability to put at ease everyone she meets... I could go on.

The recently distributed book Our Faithful Queen talks of A Little Book of Private Devotions put together by the then Archbishop of Canterbury at the time of her coronation to help her prepare, spiritually, for the ceremony itself and for her role as sovereign. It is a fascinating read and shows how she prepared for her life of royal duty with the firm foundations of prayer and the Bible.

In her Christmas message in 2014 she spoke of how the life of Jesus Christ is “an inspiration and an anchor in my life. A role-model of reconciliation and forgiveness, he stretched out his hands in love, acceptance and healing”. She went on to say that Christ’s teaching has taught her to seek to respect and value all people of whatever faith or none.

And I think that’s a message in which we can all find strength.

Taken from the July/August Edition of the Record.

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