Queen describes grief and weariness of pandemic in message to General Synod

The Queen has described the coronavirus pandemic as a period “of anxiety, of grief, and of weariness”, in an address delivered to the Church of England’s national assembly by the Earl of Wessex. After missing the Remembrance Sunday service at the weekend, the Queen, whose husband the Duke of Edinburgh died seven months ago, was to appear in person at the Synod, but her appearance was cancelled last week. Edward, who read the 95-year-old head of state’s speech to bishops and clergy at Church House, the Westminster headquarters of the Church of England, praised the institution for offering “hope” during the pandemic.

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