News by email Donate


Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

UK News

Queen awarded Canterbury Cross for 'unstinting service' to Church

by Sophie Drew
Queen and Welby.jpg - Banner image
The Royal Family

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Rev Justin Welby, has awarded the Queen the Canterbury Cross during an in-person meeting at Windsor Castle.

The honour was bestowed upon Her Majesty for her "unstinting service" to the Church of England over her 70-year reign. 

The cross has a triquetra pattern, symbolic of the churches "love, loyalty and affection." 

Throughout the Platinum Jubilee, clergy reflected on the Queen's strong Christian beliefs; as Monarch, she is Supreme Governor of the Church of England and Defender of the Faith. 

More than 70 years ago, when she acceded the throne, Her Majesty said: "Pray for me...that God may give me wisdom and strength to carry out the solemn promises I shall be making, and that I may faithfully serve him and you, all the days of my life."

In more recent years she has described her faith as "the anchor of my life." 

The photographs, taken inside the Berkshire residence, mark the first time the Monarch has been seen without a walking stick in recent months. 

The Royal Family confirmed the meeting via their social media pages, saying: "Today at Windsor Castle, the Queen received the Archbishop of Canterbury for an audience.

"In this Platinum Jubilee year, the Archbishop presented Her Majesty with a special 'Canterbury Cross' in recognition of her service to the Church of England over seventy years."

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us
Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email