What did the Queen really believe?

What did the Queen really believe?
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Paul Smith
Paul Smith Paul Smith is full-time elder of Grace Baptist Church, Broadstairs, Kent. He is also a director and the book reviews editor for ET.
19 October, 2022 5 min read

Many wonder what the Queen really thought. Hints emerged on some topics, but little more. Princess Anne’s son-in-law, Mike Tindall, wishes he’d asked our late Queen more questions.

Evangelicals ask: what did the Queen really believe? Her faith was clearly important to her. British Catholic historian, Jack Scarisbrick, viewed Elizabeth II as ‘probably our most sincere Christian monarch since the Stuarts’. But what exactly were those sincerely held beliefs?

We are not helped by some of our sources. A former royal chaplain even blasphemed on Radio 4 while reflecting on her interactions with the Queen. In his funeral sermon, Archbishop Justin Welby stated, ‘I know His Majesty [Charles] shares the same faith and hope in Jesus Christ as his mother.’

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