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The Queen stands unassisted to accept the honor for service to the Church

The Queen stands without a cane to accept the Jubilee Honors for Service to the Church

The Queen smiled as she received a special Canterbury Cross (Image: Getty/PA)

The Queen was pictured standing without a cane as she was presented with a special Canterbury Cross for her “tireless service” to the Church of England.

The 96-year-old head of state received the honor during a personal audience with the Archbishop of Canterbury at Windsor Castle.

The Rev. Justin Welby presented the Queen with the small silver cross, inspired by a 9th-century Saxon brooch and containing a triquetra design, as a “heartfelt symbol” of the Church’s “love, loyalty and affection”.

It was a tribute to her outstanding service to the Church of England and in honor of her platinum anniversary.

The Queen, who has faced mobility issues, wore a cream dress embellished with a pattern of large pink flowers and was photographed smiling and standing unaided as she greeted Rev Welby.

Presented in a bright red box and affixed to a blue ribbon, the cross was specially crafted for its royal recipient with platinum inserts in recognition of her milestone 70 years on the throne.

The Queen, who has deep Christian faith, is Supreme Governor of the Church of England and Defender of the Faith.

Queen Elizabeth II receives the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at Windsor Castle where he presented her with a special Canterbury Cross for her

The cross was specially made for the Queen to mark her 70 years on the throne (Image: PA)

In the citation for the cross, which was also presented to the Queen in framed calligraphy, the Archbishop praised the monarch, hailing “her concern for the unity of her people and the welfare of the least fortunate” as a “constant inspiration”. for the whole Church”.

The Queen’s life was “an example of a Christian life well lived,” he said.

The quote read: “During her reign, Her Majesty has upheld both the Christian religion and the Church of England in her roles as Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England.

“Whether in the formality of the inaugural sessions of the General Synod or in the more intimate context of her personal Christmas addresses to the nation and the Commonwealth, Her Majesty has expressed her own deep faith and relevance to all that she undertakes.

“Her subtle understanding of the changing position of the mainstream Church in England has provided support and encouragement to lay and clergy alike.

Queen Elizabeth II receives the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at Windsor Castle where he presented her with a special Canterbury Cross for her

The Queen didn’t use her walking stick when she met Rev Welby (Image: PA)

“Her concern for the unity of her people and the welfare of the least fortunate has been a constant inspiration to the whole Church. She is an example of a well-conducted Christian life.

“This presentation of the Canterbury Cross is a heartfelt symbol of the love, loyalty and affection with which the Church of England holds Her Majesty and represents the appreciation and gratitude of her entire Church for her 70 years of tireless service. God Save the Queen!’

The Canterbury Cross is awarded each year to a small number of recipients of service to the Church as part of the annual Lambeth Awards.

The design of the cross is inspired by a Saxon brooch found in Canterbury in 1867, dating to around 850 AD.

It contains the motif of a triquetra pattern: a triangular knot, symbolizing the Christian Trinity, on each of its four curved arms.

The tips of the arms suggest arcs of a single circle, giving the overall effect of a round wheel.

The calligraphic quote is by Margot Riordan-Eva, the calligrapher of Lambeth Palace, who was taught calligraphy at the school by Benedictine nuns.

Rev Welby was due to attend Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral as part of the Platinum Jubilee weekend but was forced to miss the event after testing positive for Covid.

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