Archbishop of Canterbury says Queen Elizabeth appeared to have ‘no fear of death’ and knew her ‘strength’

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The Archbishop of Canterbury, the head of the Church of England, said Friday that when he met Queen Elizabeth II in June, she appeared to have “no fear of death”.

“I came away because I thought there is someone who has no fear of death, has hope for the future, knows the rock she stands on and that gives her strength,” Justin Welby told BBC’s Radio 4 on Friday, a day after the queen died. “peacefully” during her retreat in Scotland’s Balmoral Castle.

He added: “You felt history was ahead of you, but it was history with those piercing blue eyes twinkling, that extraordinary smile and enjoying a quick dry commentary.”

He said the queen felt, “It’s not about me, it’s about what I’ve been called…by God to do.”

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Queen Elizabeth II receives Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at Windsor Castle, where he presents her with a special ‘Canterbury Cross’ for her ‘tiring’ service to the Church of England for seventy years and a citation for the cross, which was presented as a framed piece of calligraphy on June 21, 2022 in Windsor, England.
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Welby had met the Queen at Windsor Castle to present her with a special Canterbury Cross for her “tiring service” to the Church during her reign.

The Archbishop also praised King Charles III for his first speech since he took the throne.

“Thank you, Your Majesty, for these words of comfort and hope to all of us, spoken amid such deep sorrow,” Welby tweeted. “We carry you and your family in our prayers. May you know God’s faithful love now and always.”

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Charles is now the highest-ranking governor of the Church of England, a ceremonial role his mother has held since she became queen in 1952.

The Church of England also prayed for King Charles on Friday: “Eternal God, we pray for our new King. Bless his reign and the life of our nation. Help us work together so that truth and justice, harmony and fairness flourish among us.” through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, speaks during a service of prayer and reflection for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at St Paul's Cathedral in London on September 9, 2022, a day after her death at age 96.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, speaks during a service of prayer and reflection for Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II at St Paul’s Cathedral in London on September 9, 2022, a day after her death at age 96.
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On Thursday, the archbishop said his and the nation’s prayers were with the queen after Buckingham Palace announced doctors were “concerned” for her health shortly before she died at age 96.

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“My prayers, and the prayers of people in the Church of England and the nation, are with Her Majesty the Queen today,” he said in a statement. “May God’s presence strengthen and comfort Her Majesty, her family and those who care for her in Balmoral.”

Queen Elizabeth II receives Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at Windsor Castle on June 21, 2022 in Windsor, England.

Queen Elizabeth II receives Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at Windsor Castle on June 21, 2022 in Windsor, England.
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The Archbishop spoke at a prayer and reflection service for the Queen on Friday evening.

Bishop of London Mrs Sarah Mullally called the Queen’s lifetime service during the service a “rare jewel”. “It is a jewel that Her Majesty the Queen wore as a crown,” she said.

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Among those present was the new Prime Minister Liz Truss.