Queen’s poignant message saying ‘no one can slow the passage of time’

The Queen and Prince Philip.  The Queen spoke to the Church of England Synod General through her son Prince Edward while she was recovering from her back sprain.

Her Majesty wrote the message ahead of her first wedding anniversary without Prince Philip getting out of bed (Image: Getty Images)

The Queen sent a timely message to the leaders of the Church of England a few days before her first wedding anniversary without Prince Philip.

Her Majesty, 95, must miss several key events while recovering from a sprain – including the Memorial Sunday service last weekend.

And now she has to skip her five-year visit to the general synod.

But Her Majesty made sure that this was made up for with a poignant note that Prince Edward read to the newly elected Synod.

The Queen said today: “It is hard to believe that Prince Philip and I attended the very first session of the General Synod over 50 years ago.

“Neither of us can slow the passage of time, and while we often focus on everything that has changed in the past few years, much remains unchanged, including the gospel of Christ and his teachings.”

This year, for the first time in the 51-year history of the General Synod – the National Assembly of the Church of England – no monarch will be present.

The Queen is the Supreme Governor of the Church and has attended the opening sessions of every elected Synod that passed laws for the Church of England since it began in 1970.

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She continued, “Of course, in our diverse modern society, the well-being of the nation depends on the contribution of people of all faiths, and none.

“But the past few years have been particularly tough for believers, with unprecedented restrictions on access to the comfort and tranquility of public worship.

“For many it was a time of fear, grief, and fatigue.

“Yet the gospel has brought hope, as it has in all ages; and the church has adapted and continued its ministry, often in new ways, such as digital forms of worship. ‘

Prince Edward shakes hands with Church of England clergymen.  The Queen's son, Prince Edward, read a message from the monarch to the newly elected General Synod of the Church of England while the Queen is at rest.

The Queen, the Church’s chief governor, said she deeply regrets not being there (Image: PA)

Prince Edward receives communion.  The Queen's son, Prince Edward, read a message from the monarch to the newly elected General Synod of the Church of England while the Queen is at rest.

The monarch usually attends the opening sessions of each elected synod prior to their five-year term (Image: PA)

The Earl of Wessex told Church House, the headquarters of the Church of England in Westminster, that his mother had “sincerely and deeply apologized for her not being here today.”

“I think you probably understand why, and she deeply regrets it,” he added.

He continued reading from the Queen’s notes and showed how much she sympathized with the “heavy responsibilities” and “difficult decisions” of the Synod in her next five-year term.

Her Majesty wrote: “Of course there will be different views in some areas and I hope that as you work together and draw on the tradition of ecclesiastical communion, you will be strengthened in the assurance of God’s love” for the tasks at hand. ‘

It comes before the Queen sees her first wedding anniversary without her beloved husband Prince Philip, who died in April.

The royal couple would have been married for 74 years on November 20.

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