By Bobby Ross Jr. | Religion Unplugged
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When news broke Thursday of Queen Elizabeth II’s death at age 96, I immediately consulted with the leading expert of her 70 years on the throne I know: my wife, Tamie.
Seriously, I texted my bride of 32 years.
“Yes, I’ve been watching,” she replied. “The news and social, that is.”
A few years ago, Tamie, a fellow writer, sent the queen a letter and received one back in an enveloped stamped “Royal Mail” from Buckingham Palace.
“She never sat for an interview, so a few documentaries are the closest thing to hearing her asked/answering questions,” Tamie told me. “I thought it was worth writing to tell her how much I enjoyed it, and this response came a few weeks later on her behalf.”
“The Queen wishes me to write and thank you for your card and very kind message,” the reply said.
Did Elizabeth actually see my wife’s letter? Tamie has no way of knowing. I’m a skeptical journalist, so I’m guessing not.
But it’s cool to imagine that she did!
In the meantime, here are five facts about religion in the life of Elizabeth, who wrote the foreword to a 2016 British Bible Society book titled “The Servant Queen and the King She Serves” (that king being Jesus).
This column appears in the online magazine Religion Unplugged.