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Welby awards Queen Canterbury Cross for ‘unstinting service’

22 June 2022

ALAMY

The Archbishop of Canterbury presents the Queen with a special Canterbury Cross at Windsor Castle on Tuesday

The Archbishop of Canterbury presents the Queen with a special Canterbury Cross at Windsor Castle on Tuesday

THE Archbishop of Canterbury has presented the Queen with a special Canterbury Cross in recognition of her “unstinting support” of the Church of England throughout her reign, and to mark her Platinum Jubilee.

The Cross is one of the Lambeth Awards, bestowed annually by the Archbishop, which recognise outstanding contributions to the Church of England, the Anglican Communion, and wider society. It is usually made of silver though a specially cast version was made for the Queen with platinum inserts in honour of her Jubilee.

The Archbishop presented her with the award at Windsor Castle on Tuesday afternoon. In the accompanying citation, calligraphic and framed, the Archbishop wrote: “Throughout her reign, Her Majesty has duly upheld both the Christian religion and the Church of England in her roles as Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England. . .

“Her subtle understanding of the changing position of the Established Church in England has sustained and encouraged laity and clergy alike. Her care for the unity of her people and the welfare of the least fortunate have been a constant inspiration to the whole Church. Hers is an example of the Christian life well led.

“This presentation of the Canterbury Cross is a heartfelt symbol of the love, loyalty and affection in which the Church of England holds Her Majesty and it represents the recognition and gratitude of her whole Church for her seventy years of unstinting service. God Save The Queen!”

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