The Queen has referred to her relationship with God in the foreword of a new book, written to celebrate her 90th birthday this year.
‘The Servant Queen and the King She Serves’ has been written to document Her Majesty’s lifelong faith, and to show in what ways her relationship with the Almighty has shaped her personal life and service to the nation, for the last six decades.
In the foreword, to be released in April, The Queen thanks the people for their prayers for her in this milestone year, and thanks God for his support: “I have been – and remain – very grateful to you for your prayers and to God for his steadfast love.
“I have indeed seen his faithfulness,” she remarks on her 64-year-long reign, but does not go into detail as to how she has witnessed this.
Continuing to talk about the huge leaps in humanity that have been made since she ascended the throne, Elizabeth II writes: “The extent and pace of change has been truly remarkable. We have witnessed triumphs and tragedies.”
Her Majesty does, however, allude to the current problems in the Middle East, saying that the world is now experiencing “terrible suffering on an unprecedented scale”.
The book is being published by the Bible Society, churches’ group HOPE and the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.
As Head of the Church of England, it has always been known The Queen was deeply committed Christian, and she is regularly seen attending church over the festive period at Sandringham.
The 89-year-old Monarch regularly puts a Christian message at the heart of her Christmas speech to celebrate Jesus’ birthday each year; however, this is the first time she has written openly about her faith.
Many will be pleased to see this expression of devotion to the faith from The Queen – it is often noted that just a handful of people know her opinions, and that such thoughts are rarely expressed.