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The Anglican Church held a Thanksgiving Service for Queen Elizabeth II

The Anglican Church held a Thanksgiving Service for Queen Elizabeth II

On Friday, September 16, a special service honouring the late monarch called “Thanksgiving Service for Queen Elizabeth” was organised by the Anglican Church and the British High Commission.

Queen Elizabeth II, who ruled for 71 years before passing away last week, is currently lying-in-state in preparation for her funeral on Monday. She is mourned in Britain and by all Commonwealth States.

The service was held in honour of the Queen’s position as the nominal Head of the Anglican Church and was organised by the Church in partnership with the British Council. Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, who spoke in place of President Nana Akufo-Addo, was also present.

Dr. Bawumia praised the Queen during her speech at the ceremony, calling her “an embodiment of virtue, courage, and affection” for the Commonwealth and her people.


In a time when the African continent experienced powerful anti-colonial and independence waves, Her Majesty the Queen displayed admirable leadership (the 1950s and 60s). Therefore, it is not surprising that the Commonwealth underwent such a significant transformation during her rule, according to Dr Bawumia.

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“Her Majesty had a yeoman’s task of overseeing the transition of Great Britain from the post-World War II era tensions, especially the Cold War, playing a key role in granting independence to former British colonies, one of which is our beloved Ghana, and immensely contributing to the relative peace the world has enjoyed since the end of the second world war.”


The Vice President also prayed for the Queen to have a peaceful rest while offering His Majesty King Charles III, the Royal Family, the people of the United Kingdom, and the entire Commonwealth the deepest condolences of Ghanaians.

Ladies and gentlemen, as we honour a great woman who was the epitome of virtue, bravery, and love, let us pray that God will accept her gentle soul into a peaceful rest.


In a sermon, Rt. Rev. Dr. Daniel S.M. Torto, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Accra, urged Ghanaians to imitate the Queen’s devoted service.

“Let’s learn how to help. We have a duty to serve our country. Do not wait until someone starts speaking before joining. The Anglican Bishop exhorted people to “be of service to yourself, your family, and the nation at large.”

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