As I have been asked to talk about the life and the death of the Queen in media outlets across the world, I have found myself wanting to talk about her character.
It used to be the fashion to address a monarch as His or Her ‘Most Christian Majesty’. In the case of Elizabeth II, that was the most appropriate description. People have discussed her longevity, her family, her good judgement; but behind the length of her reign, and the reason why she found herself so dearly loved, was her Christian character.
Alongside a life constructed and sculpted by faith is the congruence that the demise of Christian faith in the public sphere may take place in parallel to her own personal demise.
In conventional terms, the Queen’s passing will be measured in…