Religions for Peace UK released a statement of condolence on the death of Her Majesty Queen Elisaebeth II.
The statement, signed jointly by Religons for Peace UK Trustees, the UK Women of Faith Network and the RfP UK Interfaith Youth network, said ‘A precious soul has left this Earth and can now rest in Peace’.
She was queen regnant of 15 sovereign states during the time of her death, including the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Granada, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis. Her reign of 70 years and 214 days is the longest recorded of any female head of state in history. She was also the Supreme Governor of the Church of England.
Queen Elizabeth II was also Head of the Commonwealth, a voluntary association of 56 countries working towards shared goals of prosperity, democracy and peace.
In 2012, Elizabeth II made a surprising speech at a reception at Lambeth Palace [the official residents of the Archbishop of Canterbury], to mark her diamond jubilee, before representatives of various Christian denominations and the Baha’i, Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, and Zoroastrian faiths, she to quote, “rewrote what the Church of England existed for”, when as Supereme Governor as the Church of England, she declared that “Its role is not to defend Anglicanism to the exclusion of other religions. Instead, the Church has a duty to protect the free practice of all faiths in this country.” Extract from Defenders of the Faith: The British monarchy, religion and the next coronation by Catherine Pepinster.
The Queen is described as having acknowledged and celebrated religious diversity and tolerance in the UK and the Commonwealth. This was reflected in Her Majesty’s Christmas and Commonwealth Day messages, which often addressed the theme of inter-faith harmony and tolerance. She met with and hosted the leaders of numerous faiths and denominations and visited many different places of worship in the UK and across the Commonwealth. The leaders of faiths and denominations are regularly invited to major Royal ceremonial events such as Royal weddings and Services of Thanksgiving.