When, at 2.40am on 21 April 1926, the first child of The Duke and Duchess of York was born by caesarean section, nobody expected her to become Queen. The little girl was named Elizabeth Alexandra Mary after her mother, who was born Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. Following
the abdication of Edward VIII in 1936, however, Princess Elizabeth’s life changed forever. This year marks The Queen’s 90th birthday. To celebrate, Bible Society has joined forces with HOPE and the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (LICC) to publish a new book about The Queen’s Christian faith.
In her 2014 Christmas broadcast the Queen said: “For me, the life of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, whose birth we celebrate today, is an inspiration and an anchor in my life. A role-model of reconciliation and forgiveness, he stretched out his hands in love, acceptance and healing. Christ’s example has taught me to seek to respect and value all people of whatever faith or none.” It is one of the many recent public references the Queen has made to her Christian faith.
The Servant Queen and the King She Serves uses the Queen’s own words to draw out the central role of her trust in Jesus Christ.
Queen Elizabeth II is Britain’s longestreigning monarch and the longest reigning queen regnant (a female monarch who reigns in her own right) in history. Since her coronation in 1953, her reign has encompassed a huge diversity of personal experiences and rapid global
change: from rationing to moon landings, a British Olympic year to an ‘Annus Horribilis’, wars to garden parties. Spanning 12 Prime Ministers, 97 outward state visits, 3.5 million items of correspondence and more than 30 corgis. Marked by the joys of becoming a grandmother (and greatgrandmother) and the tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales. In all this, however, one thing has remained consistent: Her Majesty’s Christian faith.