THE Queen said the Covid pandemic was a period “of anxiety, grief & weariness” in a letter read to the Church of England’s national assembly by Edward.
After missing the Remembrance Sunday service at the weekend, the Queen was due to appear in person at the Synod, but her appearance was cancelled last week.
Edward, who read the 95-year-old head of state’s speech to bishops and clergy at Church House, the Westminster headquarters of the Church of England, praised the institution for offering “hope” during the pandemic.
In the message the earl read on his mother’s behalf, the Queen, who has been under doctors’ orders to rest for nearly a month, made reference to her late husband, saying “none of us can slow the passage of time”.
“It is hard to believe that it is over 50 years since Prince Philip and I attended the very first meeting of the General Synod,” her address said.
“None of us can slow the passage of time; and while we often focus on all that has changed in the intervening years, much remains unchanged, including the Gospel of Christ and his teachings.”
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