Her Late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, died at the age of 96 on Thursday, September 8th, at Balmoral.

Prince Charles, 73, heir to the throne since the age of three, is now King Charles III, and the Duchess of Cornwall is now Queen Consort.

"We mourn with deep sorrow at the news that our beloved Queen has died.  She was not only the longest serving sovereign our nation has ever known, but also one of the most devoted.  She was devoted to her people, faithfully keeping the promises she made at her accession to give herself without reservation to the responsibilities entrusted to her; and she was devoted to her Saviour, whose call to service she had heard and whose example of costly obedience she sought to follow.  The reality of her faith was clear, not least each year in her Christmas message, when she would always make a skilful contemporary connection to Jesus Christ — a knack not every Christian preacher has!  We extend our sincere condolences to her children, grand-children and great-grandchildren and to all others in the Royal Household who will miss her most personally."

 - The Rt Revd Dr Pete Wilcox, Bishop of Sheffield


A Prayer on the death of her Majesty the Queen.

Gracious God, we give thanks

for the life of your servant Queen Elizabeth,

for her faith and dedication to duty.

Bless our nation as we mourn her death

And may her example continue to inspire us;

Through Jesus Christ our Lord


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