‘That God May Give Me Wisdom’: The Very Real, Personal Faith Of Queen Elizabeth

‘That God May Give Me Wisdom’: The Very Real, Personal Faith Of Queen Elizabeth


When Elizabeth Windsor was crowned queen of England in June of 1953, C.S. Lewis watched from afar. Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation was the first to be televised, an innovation that gave the great Christian author a chance to reflect on what her reign might mean.

“You know, over here people did not get that fairy-tale feeling about the coronation,” Lewis wrote in a letter. “What impressed most who saw it was the fact that the Queen herself appeared to be quite overwhelmed by the sacramental side of it.”

He continued: “The pressing of that huge, heavy crown on that small, young head becomes a sort of symbol of the situation of humanity itself: humanity called by God to be his vice-regent and high priest on earth, yet

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