Queen Elizabeth II 1926 – 2022: Statement by the Bishop of Truro

The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon (Thursday, September 8, 2022).

The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.

The Bishop of Truro, the Rt Revd Philip Mounstephen said in a statement:

“I am greatly saddened to hear the news of the death of Her Majesty The Queen. She was born to a unique vocation, and it was one she took on with utmost seriousness.

“Her long reign spanned some fundamental shifts within our society – among them seismic changes to the way we, as a society, view both the monarchy and religion.

“And yet throughout that time she bridged different worlds and epochs in a remarkable manner and in way that provided a rare thread of stability and consistency. That speaks volumes about the faith which was the sure foundation of her life. She was not merely a titular figurehead in her role as Supreme Governor of the Church of England, but someone with a strong, firm, foundational and personal faith.

“As Queen, she was the very embodiment of the virtue of duty: a sense of duty founded firmly on her faith. Her commitment, stamina and wisdom were rare, unquestionable and deeply admirable. She has shaped all our lives in incalculable ways.

“We mourn her passing, and give our God great thanks for her.”

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