“She is a small woman with a globally familiar face, a hundred carat smile … a thousand year history at her back… She is wry and knowing, but she feels a calling… She has been shrewd, kind and wise.”
This is how BBC presenter Andrew Marr described Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II in a television series and book released to coincide with her Diamond Jubilee celebration, which culminates with events on June 2, 2013 marking the 60th anniversary of her coronation. Marr continued, “She reigns in a world which has mostly left monarchy behind, yet the result of her reign is that two thirds of the British people assume their monarchy will still be there in a century’s time” (The Diamond Queen, pp. xi, 1).
What is the calling that motivates and empowers the Queen? And, will the monarchy still be functioning in a century’s time? The answers may well surprise you.
The past 60 years of the Queen’s reign have brought tumultuous changes to Britain. Yet, while the world around her has changed at an ever-increasing rate, one constant has been the Queen. And one key to her success and constancy has been her profession of enduring belief in God, and her deep sense of duty to her ideals of love of God, love of family and love of country.
Back in 1953, at age 27, the Queen made several solemn, life-long promises to serve her God and the people under her realm. Away from the prying eyes of the television cameras, the Archbishop of Canterbury declared she was “anointed, blessed, and consecrated Queen over the Peoples, whom the Lord thy God hath given thee to rule and govern…” (Queen & Country, William Shawcross, p. 52).
The Queen has never forgotten that pledge of total commitment. In continuing word and deed, she has expressed and demonstrated her utter dedication towards fulfilling those promises “all the days of my life.” This explains her remarkable focus, dedication, tenacity and iron will in faithfully fulfilling her responsibilities.
But what of the future? Will the monarchy, like so much else, be simply swept aside by the onward rush of events? Or are there strong reasons to believe that it will endure?
Even the most casual observer will note something special about the throne the Queen occupies. Its longevity, its ancient customs and traditions—indeed, so many things about it—point inexorably back to the Bible and the very throne of David over the nation of ancient Israel. That throne and the ten northern tribes of Israel were dispersed away from their native land, yet God promised that both people and throne would endure until this present time (see 2 Samuel 23:1-5). His promise is as certain as night follows day (Jeremiah 33:17-26).
God bound Himself to the promise that David’s throne would always endure (Ezekiel 37:16-17, 21-25; 34:23-24). So, somewhere in this present world, the throne of David still exists, reigning over the descendants of ancient Israel! But, even more remarkable, Bible prophecy reveals that Jesus Christ Himself will sit on that very throne to reign over all peoples after He returns to this earth (Isaiah 9:6-7).
As the angel promised to Mary, “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end” (Luke 1:31-33).
Queen Elizabeth II is the current bearer of a legacy that even she can only begin to understand. Your Bible reveals the astonishing role of her throne, its historic past and its prophesied future. To learn more, order our free booklet, The United States and Great Britain in Prophecy. It will open your eyes to amazing truths that few today appreciate.