News from the Queen: Catholic Church leader impressed by monarch’s ‘stability and depth’ | royal | New
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, told Andrew Pierce on LBC he was in awe of the “amazing” Queen. On the third day of his Platinum Jubilee, celebrating 70 years on the throne, Cardinal Nichols said the monarch had brought “stability and depth” to the nation. He said his “sacrifice” in giving himself to the country was made “without hesitation”.
Cardinal Nichols said: “The queen is amazing. What she brings is stability, depth, and that fine example of serve.
“And I think it’s that sense of service that goes beyond self. This is not uncommon in our society.
“A lot of people sacrifice their own lives for their children, for their loved ones, but here we have someone who has done it consistently without hesitation.
“And that makes us wonder how she does it? What about her?
“She’s got a lot of support but there’s something deep inside her that gives her that stability.”
Queen Elizabeth’s son and heir, Prince Charles, and grandson, Prince William, will pay their respects to the record-breaking monarch later today.
She is not expected to attend the event, having already missed a number of other events due to health issues.
During a pop concert at Buckingham Palace on the third day of national celebrations for his 70th anniversary on the throne, Prince Charles will pay tribute to the monarch.
The ‘Party at the Palace’, which will feature singers Alicia Keys and Diana Ross, is the main Platinum Jubilee event today, along with the Epsom Derby horse race.
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During Friday’s National Thanksgiving Service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell used a horse racing analogy in his sermon to pay homage to the Queen.
He said: “Your Majesty, we are sorry that you are not here with us this morning, but we are so happy that you are still in the saddle. And we are happy that there is still more to come. So thank you to stay the course.”
A sideshow to the main celebrations was Prince Harry and his American wife Meghan making their first public appearance together in Britain since leaving official duties to move to Los Angeles two years ago.
Notably on Saturday, the official Twitter accounts of the monarch, Charles and William all sent messages almost simultaneously to mark the first birthday of Lilibet, the couple’s daughter who is named after the Queen.
Elizabeth had not met her great-granddaughter before the trip, and Buckingham Palace has not commented on newspaper reports that they were eventually introduced.