England’s Queen Elizabeth II turns 90 today (April 21). The Queen attributes her longevity to her Christian faith and the “steadfast love” of God.
The Christian Post reports that many gathered near Windsor Castle, the Queen’s residence, to celebrate the long-reigning monarch's birthday.
"Rarely has anyone in public life served for so long, served so brilliantly, worked so hard, and brought so many people together,” said British Prime Minister David Cameron on the occasion.
People traveled from all over the country and the world to be there for the celebration.
"All of us are here to respect the queen and to show her our affection and how much we appreciate all her years of service and to wish her a happy birthday," said Donna Werner who traveled all the way from Connecticut.
The Queen has often referred to her Christian faith and noted that it is what strengthens her.
"I have been — and remain — very grateful to you for your prayers and to God for his steadfast love,” she recently wrote in The Servant Queen and the King She Serves, a book which marks her ninetieth birthday.
Mark Greene, who co-authored the book, added: "The Queen has served us all her adult life, with amazing consistency of character, concern for others and a clear dependence on Christ. The more I've read what she's written and talked to people who know her, the clearer that is."
Elizabeth has ruled as Queen of Great Britain since 1952.
She has been married to Prince Philip since 1947 and has referred to him as her “constant strength and guide.”
Dickie Arbiter, the Queen’s former press secretary, stated, “she has a strong marriage. There has only been one man in her life and that’s Philip.”
Polls also report that the majority of Britons have a favorable view of the Queen.
Publication date: April 21, 2016
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.