Queen’s show of faith as she celebrated Christmas in private chapel after TV broadcast

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The Queen took part in a special Christmas Day service inside Windsor Castle, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

As supreme governor of the Church of England, the faith of the 94-year-old is incredibly important to her, but she has been unable to attend church due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

But on Friday, a royal chaplain delivered a sermon and readings in her private chapel in Windsor Castle, where she is self-isolating with Prince Philip.

The Queen attended a special Christmas Day service inside Windsor Castle, The Mail on Sunday can reveal

While Berkshire Castle is on Level 4, the government has allowed places of worship to open as long as social distancing precautions are observed.

The chapel occupies a special place in royal history.

The Queen herself, Prince Charles and Princess Anne were confirmed there as the setting was used for the christenings of Prince Edward, Zara Phillips and Prince Harry’s son Archie.

A royal source said: “Christmas Day is obviously one of the most important days in the Christian calendar, so every effort has been made to create a secure Covid-19 service for it. “

Due to the lockdown and fear of drawing crowds, the Queen has only attended church once in the past nine months – to attend her granddaughter Princess Beatrice’s wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi at the Chapel Royal of All Saints in Windsor Great Park.

She did, however, find new ways to continue her worship.

In Balmoral, Scottish Highlands, in August, services were rendered out and since September she has attended virtual services each Sunday broadcast live by Canon Martin Poll, chaplain of Windsor Great Park, to the community of the Royal Chapel of All Saints.

While Berkshire Castle is on Level 4, the government has allowed places of worship (pictured) to open as long as social distancing precautions are observed

While Berkshire Castle is on Level 4, the government has allowed places of worship (pictured) to open as long as social distancing precautions are observed

A social distancing singing service, in which Princess Beatrice read a lesson, also took place over the weekend and was referred to the Queen at Windsor Castle.

The Queen underlined her faith during her address to the nation on Christmas Day, which drew a television audience of 8.2 million.

In addition to praising the “calm and indomitable spirit” of people around the world facing the challenge of the coronavirus, she said: “The teachings of Christ have served as an inner light, as has the sense of purpose we find in coming together. in worship. “.

His Speech to the Nation was the most-watched TV show on Christmas Day, beating the BBC’s Call The Midwife to second place by nearly three million viewers.

The private chapel where the Queen spent the morning of Christmas Day has a distinctive blue vaulted ceiling with white walls.

It was rebuilt after the castle fire in 1992 and features six stained glass windows designed by the Duke of Edinburgh.

The original chapel dates back to Queen Victoria, whose daughter, Princess Helena, was married there, while several other children of the monarch have been confirmed and baptized in the historic setting.

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