On the 9th of September, we will hold a special service to mark the fact that Queen Elizabeth II will have become the longest-serving British Monarch.

This date marks the fact that the Queen will have reigned longer than her Great, Great Grandmother, Queen Victoria who reign for 63 years and 216 days.

During her time on the throne, the Queen has had a total of 12 Prime Ministers and 6 Archbishops of Canterbury serve under her.  She has attended an estimated 25,500 official engagements in Britain, conferred 400,000 honours and awards and received 3.5 million items of correspondence.  The Queen has also hosted more than a million garden party guests, a large and varied amount of foreign heads of state, two popes and five astronauts.

The Palace has said that there will be no national day of celebration, as all their efforts are being focused on the Queen’s 90th Birthday, which will occur next year on the 21st of April.

This service will be an opportunity to give thanks and prayers for the years of dedication and service the Queen has given to the country. The Preacher during the service will be Dean John and during the Service the introit “I was Glad” by Parry will be sung.  This is the same anthem which was sung at the Coronation of her Majesty in 1953.

Dean John says: I am delighted that the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire has invited Ripon Cathedral to host this significant service. It is clear that the nation will be doing more to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday next year. It is appropriate, however, that we should pause on this historic day to thank God for the Queen’s unparalleled service to this country and to celebrate Her Majesty’s inspiring commitment to duty over so many years.

 

The service will take place on the 9th of September at 6 pm all are welcome to attend.