Queen Elizabeth promised to serve on her 21st birthday. She kept that promise for seventy-five years. A young English Catholic reflects on her long life of service and devotion to her duty.
By Ruth Kennedy
“We must give nothing less than the whole of ourselves. There is a motto which has been borne by many of my ancestors – a noble motto, “I serve”…I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service.”QUEEN ELIZABETH II (on her 21st birthday-JW)
Over the years, the Queen made no secret of her Christian faith that underpinned her declaration of service. For as long as I can remember, I have listened to her traditional Christmas Day speech, a rare opportunity to see and hear her speak, and her address was always thoughtful and tailored to the particular ups and downs of the year just passed. More than that, she always spoke about the person of Jesus Christ, in straightforward and sincere language. Over her long reign, she saw her country become increasingly secular, and indeed, post-Christian, yet she never stopped proclaiming the message of Jesus in her annual address.