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Looking at the house of Windsor in the United Kingdom, I think we can all agree that the Royals are dysfunctional in the same way that any family is. Imagine being in the public eye all of the time though where your missteps and foul ups are on display for all to see. Unlike the Kardashians, the royal family are born to the public eye and had no option to seek it out.

I admire William and Harry and the balance and wisdom that they bring to their public lives (mostly). Of the entire royal house though it is the Queen who rules presently and with faithfulness since 1953 that I admire. Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth turned 90 years old on Thursday 21 April 2016 and that surely has brought with it a certain wisdom.

Her Majesty is a Christian and though she is Queen recognises that she herself is subject to the King of Kings. In her forward to The Servant Queen and the King She Serves, the book marking her 90th birthday, Elizabeth wrote: “I have been — and remain — very grateful to you for your prayers and to God for his steadfast love.” She added: “I have indeed seen His faithfulness.”

In 2011, she remarked: “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.”

In her Christmas broadcast in 2014 she said: “For me, the life of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, whose birth we celebrate today, is an inspiration and an anchor in my life.”

Glancing through the order of service for her coronation in 1953 (http://www.oremus.org/liturgy/coronation/cor1953b.html) the oaths, affirmations, promises and liturgy are filled with the Gospel and reference to Scripture:

Archbishop: Will you solemnly promise and swear to govern the Peoples of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Union of South Africa, Pakistan and Ceylon, and of your Possessions and other Territories to any of them belonging or pertaining, according to their respective laws and customs?

Queen: I solemnly promise so to do.

Archbishop: Will you to your power cause Law and Justice, in Mercy, to be executed in all your judgements?

Queen: I will.

Archbishop: Will you to the utmost of your power maintain the Laws of God and the true profession of the Gospel?

Will you to the utmost of your power maintain in the United Kingdom the Protestant Reformed Religion established by law?

Will you maintain and preserve inviolably the settlement of the Church of England, and the doctrine, worship, discipline, and government thereof, as by law established in England?

And will you preserve unto the Bishops and Clergy of England, and to the Churches there committed to their charge, all such rights and privileges, as by law do or shall appertain to them or any of them?

Queen: All this I promise to do.

I believe the Queen takes her responsibilities seriously acknowledging Romans 13: 1 which confirms that “Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.”

It is also very comforting to realise that without all the trappings of royalty and the power that she wields that Queen Elizabeth is a Christian who attends church, is a faithful wife,  mother and grandmother that is also fond of dogs and horses.

O that so many others in authority would recognize their responsibility to the King of Heaven and be as humble. The world would almost surely be a better place.

Long live the Queen!

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