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Queen Elizabeth Issues Statement After Cancelling Appearance: 'None of Us Can Slow the Passage of Time'

Queen Elizabeth Issues Statement After Cancelling Appearance: 'None of Us Can Slow the Passage of Time'

Queen Elizabeth did not attend the Church of England’s national assembly on Tuesday (November 16) as she continues to rest for her health.

This marks the first time she has missed the General Synod in its 51-year history.

Her youngest son Prince Edward represented the 95-year-old Prince Edward, who was already scheduled to join her at the ceremony.

The Queen shared a message about the national assembly and included a reference to her late husband Prince Philip, who passed away in April at the age of 99.

Click inside to find out what she wrote…

“It is hard to believe that it is over 50 years since Prince Philip and I attended the very first meeting of the General Synod,” the Queen said in the statement, per People. “None of us can slow the passage of time.”

She also commended the church for providing “hope” through the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Of course, in our richly diverse modern society, the well-being of the nation depends on the contribution of people of all faiths, and of none,” she said. “But for people of faith, the last few years have been particularly hard, with unprecedented restrictions in accessing the comfort and reassurance of public worship. For many, it has been a time of anxiety, of grief, and of weariness.”

She continued, “Yet the Gospel has brought hope, as it has done throughout the ages; and the Church has adapted and continued its ministry, often in new ways — such as digital forms of worship.”

The ceremony recurs every five years to coincide with the diocesan elections.

“Your Graces and members of the Synod, the next five years will not always be straightforward,” the Queen said. “Like every new Synod, you have inherited weighty responsibilities with many issues to address, reports to debate, and difficult decisions to make. You may have to consider proposals on governance, on conduct, on the use of resources, and on other issues; and on a vision for the future of the Church.”

She added, “In some areas, there will, of course, be differing views and my hope is that you will be strengthened with the certainty of the love of God, as you work together and draw on the Church’s tradition of unity in fellowship for the tasks ahead.”

It was announced that Queen Elizabeth would be missing the event last week after she sprained her back. She cancelled several appearances after her hospitalization on October 20.

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