The Holy See Press Office published this Thursday, June 2, the telegram that Pope Francis addressed to Queen Elizabeth II of England on the occasion of her 70 years of reign.
“On the joyful occasion of Her Majesty’s birthday, and as we celebrate this year’s platinum anniversary, I send you warm greetings and good wishes,” reads the beginning of the message.
The Holy Father also assured his prayers “so that Almighty God may grant you, the members of the royal family and all the people of the nation blessings of unityprosperity and peace”.
Pope Francis and the Queen of England had their last meeting in the Vatican in April 2014.
In addition, after the death of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Holy Father sent a telegram in which he recalled “Prince Philip’s dedication to his marriage and family, his distinguished record of public service and his commitment to education and the progress of future generations.’
As reported by CNA, the English-language agency of the ACI group, the Episcopal Conference of England and Wales also published a statement in which the bishops claimed to pray “for Elizabeth, our Queen; May she continue to know God’s unwavering love and faithfully serve her people.”
The bishops of England said that at all Sunday Masses next weekend, June 4 and 5, every parish in England and Wales must pray “by Her Majesty the Queen to commemorate her Platinum anniversary”.
In addition, each parish must include an intention in the Prayer of the Faithful and at the end of the Mass recite the “Prayer for the Queen”.
Queen Elizabeth II acceded to the throne on February 6, 1952, at the age of 25, following the death of her father, King George VI. She is the first British monarch to hold the throne for 70 years. Queen Victoria, great-great-grandmother of Elizabeth II, reigned for 63 years and seven months.