Prayer Letter from Alice


Hello Everyone.


On June 2nd 1953, I found myself in a neighbour’s house, early in the morning, sitting on a hard chair; looking at a very small black and white TV set. The only one in our road in our small village in Wales (Yes, I am old!). I was in the front row of chairs huddled together; so that as many people as possible could see the Coronation of the Queen. My very young memory of the time tells me clearly, I was bored. All these people walking towards me in very odd clothes. I was being told, “Alice please stop wriggling; I cannot see the TV”! Eventually my Mum came to the front, picked me up and sat me on the floor. That was even harder and even more boring!

Little did I know that the building, Westminster Abbey had been closed for 6 months as it was being prepared for the Coronation of our new Queen. A railway track had been installed directly into the ancient building to transport tons of wood and metal to construct stadium like seating; to house 8,000 guests, normally the building would take 2,000.

I don’t remember Princess Elizabeth arriving or being crowned, but I have since learned over the years, how much she loves Her Lord and Saviour.

She said on her Coronation Day –

I am sure that this day – my Coronation, is not a symbol of a power and a splendour that have gone; but a declaration of our hope for the future and for the years I may, by God’s Grace and Mercy, be given to reign and serve you as your Queen.

May this be our desire too, for as long as God grants us breath, to serve in the capacity to which He has called each one of us. Amen.

In Hm and in His Strength alone