Friday 23 February 2018

Queen praised for 'self-sacrifice' at coronation 60th service

Britain's Prince William (L), Prince Andrew (2nd L) and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (3rd L) arrive for a service celebrating the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's coronation at Westminster Abbey in London June 4, 2013
Britain's Prince William (L), Prince Andrew (2nd L) and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (3rd L) arrive for a service celebrating the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's coronation at Westminster Abbey in London June 4, 2013

Gordon Rayner

BRITAIN'S Queen Elizabeth was praised for embodying "the very nature of being British" during a service at Westminster Abbey to celebrate the 60th anniversary of her coronation.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said she had set out on a path of "utter self-sacrifice" which she did not choose, and since then had shown "single-minded devotion and servant leadership" for which the nation owed her its thanks. She was accompanied by Prince Philip, who had recovered from an illness that prevented him fulfilling an official engagement on Monday night.

Among the 2,000-strong congregation were 25 members of the Royal family, including Prince William and his wife Kate, wearing a beige Jenny Packham dress and coat, and a Jane Taylor hat .

In his first address at a major royal occasion, the Archbishop reminded the congregation of the moment when the Queen prayed at the Abbey's High Altar, and said a prayer "at the beginning of a path of demanding devotion and utter self-sacrifice, a path she did not choose, yet to which she was called by God". (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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