The Queen has mentioned “none of us can gradual the passage of time” in a message to the Church of England’s nationwide meeting.
Prince Edward delivered Her Majesty’s speech to bishops and clergy on the Basic Synod after she cancelled her look final week following medical advice for her to rest.
Earlier than the deal with, the Earl of Wessex mentioned the monarch despatched her “honest and deep apologies that she can’t be right here right this moment”.
“I feel you in all probability perceive why, and she or he regrets that deeply,” he added.
He then mentioned on his mom’s behalf: “It’s onerous to imagine that it’s over 50 years since Prince Philip and I attended the very first assembly of the Basic Synod.
“None of us can gradual the passage of time; and whereas we frequently concentrate on all that has modified within the intervening years, a lot stays unchanged, together with the Gospel of Christ and his teachings.”
The Queen additionally spoke of the difficulties posed by the coronavirus pandemic.
“In our richly various trendy society, the well-being of the nation is dependent upon the contribution of individuals of all faiths, and of none,” her assertion mentioned.
“However for individuals of religion, the previous few years have been significantly onerous, with unprecedented restrictions in accessing the consolation and reassurance of public worship.
“For a lot of, it has been a time of tension, of grief, and of weariness.
“But the Gospel has introduced hope, because it has finished all through the ages.”
That is the primary time the Queen, who’s supreme governor of the church, has missed her five-yearly go to to the Synod since its inception 51 years in the past.
The Synod, the nationwide meeting of the Church of England which passes laws, had not held a full in-person assembly since February 2020, earlier than the pandemic.
The Queen missed the national Remembrance Sunday service on the weekend after spraining her again and is predicted to make digital appearances later this week.
It’s understood her sprain was unrelated to the current medical recommendation for her to relaxation.
Her Majesty doesn’t have any main public engagements deliberate for the remainder of the 12 months.