How Queen Elizabeth Has Relied on Her ‘Strong Religious Faith’ Amid Turmoil
By Movieguide® Staff
Queen Elizabeth II recently revealed that despite COVID-19 and the exit of her grandson Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, her faith helps her carry on.
“She has a strong religious faith,” Royal author Matthew Dennison told Fox News. “One of the things that the queen has done is pray throughout all of this. She also has a loyal, supportive group of private secretaries, ladies in waiting and devoted friends who have been a strong system around her. She also has the support of her close-knit family.”
“She finds it difficult to confront difficult issues,” he added. “I think she has gotten better over time.”
The critically acclaimed author recently penned a new biography about the queen and her reign called THE QUEEN.
“She has a connection with the divine,” Dennison explained. “She is a monarch who made a promise before God to fulfill her duty. And it’s a promise she has taken very seriously in her life. Even as a young woman, she has faced an overwhelming expectation on what kind of queen she should be… She has embraced that role.”
The book also covers the period after Queen Elizabeth lost her husband and her resilience as England’s matriarch.
“There wasn’t ever a realistic expectation that the death of the Duke of Edinburgh would lead the queen to abdicate,” Dennison explained. “In the very few times she has spoken about it to her close friends, she has always been quite clear that the promises she made in her coronation are binding. These are promises she made to God in the church. These are holy promises. She’s always said she would abdicate only if she got Alzheimer’s disease, a stroke, or something that would leave her incapacitated in some way. But this role is for life.”
“There are two other very significant deaths in her life that shaped her in the later years – the death of her mother at 101 and then the death of her beloved sister Princess Margaret a few weeks before that,” he added. “The queen’s response to both of those tragic losses was to keep going with the job at hand. Therefore, I’m not at all surprised that this has been her response to the duke’s death, too. It doesn’t mean that she isn’t feeling it very deeply.”
Despite the drama surrounding her grandson, Dennison said that Harry and Elizabeth’s bond remains close.
“She reacted very sensitively to her grandson, but she also reacted very clearly and strongly,” he said. “There is no doubt that the queen felt a level of disappointment by what has happened. And when the interview [with Oprah] aired, it was quite shocking in Britain. Many were shocked by the televised interview because it seemed like such an unkind thing to do. And of course, the timing was shocking. Many believe that at her age, she should be in tranquil waters. She shouldn’t have to deal with this sort of thing.”
“There was one thing that was clearly understood, certainly in Britain,” he continued. “When the queen came to the throne in 1952, [her goal] was not to be a celebrity. It wasn’t to be a film star. It’s not that kind of role. The dominance of celebrity culture nowadays has made it difficult for people to differentiate between royalty and celebrity. The queen herself has always very clearly distinguished between those things. I hope readers will get a sense of the joy she has taken from this lifelong calling and the contribution that she has made to the life of the Commonwealth.”
According to Dennison, Queen Elizabeth, who was first formally crowned in 1953, is the longest ruling monarch in British history.