Queen praised by Archbishop for her leadership qualities – ‘Sums up her reign’


The Queen will soon be celebrating the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne. Speaking ahead of the celebrations, Justin Welby applauded her for displaying “duty, leadership, and character”.

On Sunday, she will become the first British monarch to celebrate a platinum jubilee.

Mr Welby told the BBC she had committed herself to a life of duty and public service.

In an interview with the broadcaster, he said: “The clearest moment for me, the absolute summit of that, was that at the funeral of her husband of 70-something years, she sat alone.

“That was leadership, it was doing the right thing, it was duty, it set an example.”

The Duke of Edinburgh died in Windsor Castle at the age of 99 on the morning of April 9, 2021, two months before his 100th birthday.

The official statement from the royal family said he “died peacefully”.

His funeral took place on April 17.

The congregation at Philip’s funeral was limited to just 30 people due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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He told the BBC: “The coronation service is a form of ordination, in a liturgical sense, and she lives that out without a grumble.

“It is priestly – the language, the structure, it’s very similar to an ordination of a priest or a bishop.”

He further told BBC she had faced “intense grief” with the death of her husband.

But he added: “She’s immensely private on such things. That is who she is.


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