Chosen and Anointed by God – the 60th Anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation

by Adrian Hilton, Mailonline


On 2nd June 1953, the Archbishop of Canterbury Geoffrey Fisher crowned Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ceylon, Pakistan and sundry other realms and distant territories. She was anointed on King Edward’s Chair in Westminster Abbey, where a thousand years of monarchs have sworn their oaths to God and made promises to their peoples. The Prime Minister was Winston Churchill.


It is curious to think that the Royal Barge which led the 1000-boat flotilla down the Thames last year in celebration of the Diamond Queen bore the name of Churchill’s home – the ‘Spirit of Chartwell’. She knew him when he was battling through the darkest days of Nazi invasion; he shared his wisdom with her when she ascended the throne at the tender age of 25. His fortitude and her longevity are the stuff of national myth. She is a living reminder of our deliverance from evil, when Spitfires flew over Buckingham Palace not in ceremonial flypast, but in a life-and-death battle for the soul of the nation.


And through all the political fractures and religious schisms of the past six decades, she has been a vision of true majesty; transcending petty ideologies and the ephemeral fads that come and go like politicians in a by-election. In an age when representative government is despised and democratic accountability diminished by the interminable drip-drip-drip of scandal and corruption, it is worth reflecting on the fact that the Queen has remained loyal to her Coronation Oath to God, sworn in 1953, while thousands of succeeding politicians have reneged on their oaths of allegiance to her, incrementally subsuming Parliament to foreign powers; the Crown to foreign courts; undermining democracy with oligarchy; and negating sovereignty with fealty to unaccountable elites.


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