Published: October 12, 2021
How Queen Elizabeth trusted her “strong religious beliefs” in the midst of turmoil
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Queen Elizabeth II recently announced that her faith is helping her keep going despite COVID-19 and the departure of her grandson Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle.
“She has strong religious beliefs,” royal writer Matthew Dennison told Fox News. “One of the things the queen did is pray during all of these things. She also has a loyal, supportive group of private secretaries, ladies-in-waiting, and devoted friends who have been a strong system around her. She also has the support of her close family. “
“She finds it difficult to face difficult problems,” he added. “I think she got better over time.”
The critically acclaimed author recently wrote a new biography about the Queen and her reign called THE QUEEN.
“She has a connection with the divine,” Dennison explained. “She is a monarch who promised before God that she would do her duty. And she took this promise very seriously in her life. Even as a young woman, she had an overwhelming expectation of what kind of queen she should be … She accepted this role. “
The book also covers the period after Queen Elizabeth lost her husband and resilience as England’s matriarch.
“There was never a realistic expectation that the death of the Duke of Edinburgh would lead the Queen to abdicate,” Dennison explained. “In the few cases in which she has spoken to her close friends about it, she has always made it very clear that the promises she made at her coronation are binding. These are promises she made to God in the Church. These are sacred promises. She always said that if she had Alzheimer’s disease, a stroke, or something that would in any way render her incapacitated, she would only abdicate. But this role is a lifetime. “
“There are two other very significant deaths in her life that marked her in the later years – the death of her mother at the age of 101 and the death of her beloved sister Princess Margaret a few weeks earlier,” he added. “The Queen’s response to these two tragic losses was to get on with the task at hand. So it doesn’t surprise me at all that this was her reaction to the Duke’s death, too. That doesn’t mean that she doesn’t feel it very deeply. “
Despite the drama surrounding her grandson, Dennison said the bond between Harry and Elizabeth remains close.
“She was very sensitive to her grandson, but she was also very clear and strong,” he said. “There is no doubt that the Queen felt some disappointment with what happened. And when the interview [with Oprah] aired it was pretty shocking in the UK. Many were shocked by the televised interview because it seemed so unfriendly. And of course the timing was shocking. Many believe that at her old age, she should be in calm waters. You shouldn’t have to deal with something like that. “
“There was one thing that was clearly understood, certainly in the UK,” he continued. “When the Queen ascended the throne in 1952, [her goal] shouldn’t be a celebrity. It wasn’t supposed to be a movie star. It’s not that kind of role. The dominance of celebrity culture has made it difficult for people these days to distinguish between royalty and celebrity. The Queen herself has always made a very clear distinction between these things. I hope readers get a sense of the joy she has gained in this lifelong calling and the contribution she has made to the life of the Commonwealth. “
Queen Elizabeth, who was officially crowned for the first time in 1953, is the longest reigning monarch in British history, according to Dennison.
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