Thank You, Your Majesty
Mothers’ Union has enjoyed over 100 years of Royal patronage, and The Queen has been Patron of Mothers’ Union since 1952 therefore we were delighted to be able to share with her at her celebrations both at the Service of Thanksgiving on Friday 10th June and The Patrons Lunch on 12th June.
As a Christian organisation our members have been touched and inspired by the way The Queen has not only spoken openly about the importance of her Christian faith, but also by the way she has lived out that faith in service to Britain and the Commonwealth. Family life – which lies at the core of Mothers’ Union’s work to put faith into action – is also clearly close to The Queen’s heart.
At the Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral on the Friday we were delighted that Hilda Price, member of Mothers’ Union for 60 years was chosen to read two prayers at the momentous occasion. Hilda was specially selected as she was born on the very same day and we were very proud of her as she read the prayers beautifully.
On 12th June 20 members and staff joined Worldwide President Lynne Tembey and Chief Executive Beverly Jullien at The Patrons Lunch at The Mall, London. Seven of these members of Mothers’ Union were been nominated by staff in recognition of their years of service to the organisation and the people we seek to serve. We thrilled to have 15 members and staff took part in the Patrons Lunch Parade where they proudly held up the Mothers’ Union sign as they danced past the crowds and of the Royal Family.
In true British style, the day was full of rain but also of lots of laughter as we celebrated the Patronage of the Queen. Hampers full of delicious food were consumed washed down with warm cups of tea (and a few glasses of Pimms).
Members proudly stood in their Mothers’ Union T-Shirts as the Royal family greeted the crowds. We were lucky to speak to Lady Louise, who at 12 was taking part in her first official Royal duties. She thanked Mothers’ Union on behalf of her Grandmother for attending the event and showing our support. Lynne Tembey also shook hands and spoke with HRH Prince Edward and was able to present him with our special Birthday Card we had made for the Queen’s birthday. Over 400 members born in 1926, and who therefore share the year of The Queen’s birth, are pictured in a birthday card. These are members not only from the UK, but from Australia, New Zealand, the West Indies, and from Uganda and South Africa.
All those who attended agreed on what a special day it had been – one that they will remember for many years to come. Attendee Karen Morris summed it up
“I will have many memories to cherish of our day together. Indeed, I didn’t want the day to end. I had experienced the best birthday celebration ever and met new friends. With party bags in tow, I was eager to get home to tell my family of the day I went of London to meet the Queen.
As I looked around with wonder on Sunday; this is what came to mind: Precious in His sight. May the Lord bless you and keep you. Numbers 6:24”
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