St Mary Magdalene † St Bartholomew † St Alban †
Sunday 3rd June 2012
Sixty not out.
This weekend we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne – in case some of you hadn’t noticed!
Sixty years is a long time. One of my earliest memories is watching the Coronation on our newly-acquired television set and I am 62 and so you would have to be about 70 to even remember when Elizabeth was not Queen. To us the Queen has always been there and, possibly, always will be – like the sun always rising and setting without a second thought. We cannot imagine it otherwise. So perhaps we are celebrating not only the person of the Queen and the stability and continuity she represents but also our own sense of identity and being – who and what we and our families and communities are – what defines us and what unites us.
The Queen has not only been a presence in our lives but she has been a player on the world’s stage. There cannot be many, if any, public figures whose span extends from the second world war, from the Attlee/Churchill years (google them if you can’t remember!) to the present day. If only she could write her memoires!
We are fortunate that she is a “Good Queen”, even republicans acknowledge that, and, to us as Christians, a person of strong faith who is unafraid and unashamed of letting that be known. Had she reigned in Old Testament times the chroniclers might have written: “Elizabeth did what was right in the sight of the Lord….”
Rejoice and be glad!