It is a rarity for a member of the Royal Family to speak of their beliefs, but to celebrate her 90th birthday, Queen Elizabeth has written about her religious beliefs in a book.
Her Majesty has written the foreword to The Servant Queen and the King She Serves. In the foreword, she notes how grateful she is for God and the public for praying for her.
In order to create the book that gives readers an insight into the Queen’s religious beliefs and how it affects her life, the three Christian charities, HOPE, the Bible Society and LICC teamed up together.
The book will be published by the Bible Society this April to help celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. Another special 12-page edition will be published by Scripture Union for schools.
In the foreword, Queen Elizabeth wrote: “I have been – and remain – very grateful to you for your prayers and to God for his steadfast love.
“I have indeed seen his faithfulness.”
The Queen also spoke about the situation in the Middle East, noting that the world is now experiencing “terrible suffering on an unprecedented scale”.
One condition that had to be met before the Queen wrote the foreword was that the book would not be used for commercial gain. The Servant Queen is intended to be a gift to others as part of the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations.
Co-author, Catherine Butcher from HOPE spoke to Premier saying: “She’s very clear about her faith.
“She’s very affirming of other faiths but she’s quite clear that she is a Christian, and at HOPE we’ve been encouraging people to put their faith into words.
“So to have a monarch who talks openly about Jesus in a very relaxed and natural way, we find that a huge encouragement and hope that Christians across the country will take a leaf out of The Queen’s book and learn to talk about Jesus in a natural way with friends, relatives and colleagues, so people can discover more about what it means to be a follower of Jesus.”
Her Majesty is Supreme Governor of the Church of England, a role that started with King Henry VIII in 1536.