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Queen Elizabeth II is a source of intrigue and inspiration to people all over the world.
And Thursday, April 21 marks a special day in her life as the Queen celebrates her 90th birthday.
She is the longest reigning monarch in British history—ahead of another woman monarch, Queen Victoria. She has never been to university or college but she has been adviser to twelve British Prime Ministers. She is a 90-year-old but she still works a forty plus hour week. She employs 1200 people but she feeds her own dogs—those cute corgis.
I have only seen the Queen from a distance, when I was a child I stood with my mother in the crowds lining the street when Her Majesty came to visit my home city of Norwich in Norfolk, England.
But, my brother has served the Queen and been her bodyguard on numerous occasions. He has frequented her palace at Sandringham. He has been on pheasant shoots with her and attended family barbeques where Prince Philip has been in charge of the grill. As one would expect from a good bodyguard; he lets out no secrets.
My sister-in-law has also met the Queen. “The Queen is tiny,” she told me.
But, there is also something else remarkable about this woman of small stature. She has an enormous faith in God and Jesus Christ.
And she talks confidently and openly about her faith.
Although we are capable of great acts of kindness, history teaches us that we sometimes need saving from ourselves – from our recklessness or our greed. God sent into the world a unique person—neither a philosopher nor a general (important though they are)—but a Saviour, with the power to forgive. (2011)
And if you think someone who lives in palaces, wears tiaras, and dines with world leaders has nothing in common with you, then read these words:
I know just how much I rely on my faith to guide me through the good times and the bad. Each day is a new beginning. I know that the only way to live my life is to try to do what is right, to take the long view, to give of my best in all that the day brings, and to put my trust in God … I draw strength from the message of hope in the Christian gospel. (2002)
Queen Elizabeth is a woman who is bold for God, and for her people.
Will you join me in wishing Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II happy birthday?
In honor of her birthday I am going to give away, to a few lucky subscribers, copies of a new book called The Servant Queen and the King she serves, published as a tribute for her 90th birthday.
You’ll enjoy the book a lot. Oh, and my brother-in-law, a photographer, has one of his photos in the book.