Patriotic national spirit was reminiscent of a gentler age
At the weekend, we saw the union of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Alongside my constituents, I wish them all the happiness in the world as they begin their exciting, new life together.
As we shared this happy time for the new royal couple, it was heart-warming to see the patriotic national spirit which prevailed, reminiscent, perhaps, of a gentler age, characterised by the values enshrined in the Monarchy, church and nation.
Our Crown, Country and Church still evoke Godly mystery, for all three are shaped by a sacred duty of loyalty, service and love.
Loyalty to the Crown is, arguably, the strongest bond between Britons today. Surveys consistently show immense popular regard for the Queen and the House of Windsor.
From the Monarch Government receives its power - with Ministers being appointed by Her Majesty - and it is to the Queen that Members of Parliament and the armed forces swear allegiance. The Monarchy provides a bedrock to build upon - a figure beyond party politics around who we can all unite and through whom we can all witness the joys and sorrows, trials and triumphs of the entire nation. Surely, there could be no finer personal example of enduring certainty than Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
I hope that Prince Harry and Meghan, the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have a happy, and long marriage, blessed in every way they want
The hymn ‘Dear Lord and Father of Mankind’, which is sometimes sung at weddings, has a lyric - ‘Oh still small voice of calm’ - that encapsulates what the Queen means to our country. Her majesty has indeed been the ‘still small voice of calm’ as our country has endured its crises and enjoyed its glories through 14 Prime Ministers and the Governments they’ve led. A rock in the turbulent waters of the modern age, she remains the sure foundation of our nation.
Our Royal family show us what may be achieved through a life of service. His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh has spent his long life working for our country. Since serving, with distinction, as a Naval Officer in the Second World War, he has led numerous charities, in particular establishing the Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme to inspire countless young people.
His son, The Prince of Wales has changed Britain for the better, with the Princes Trust supporting around 60,000 people each and every year. As well as this, by advocating a more harmonious, gentler social settlement, he is an influential counter balance to the banality of too much of modern life. Prince Harry has followed in kind, championing veteran’s welfare and with his brother highlighting the cause of mental health.
Meghan’s decision to marry Prince Harry carries a similar burden of service, as she joins this wonderful tradition of public duty.
I hope that Prince Harry and Meghan, the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have a happy, and long marriage, blessed in every way they want. For, as members of our Royal family, they represent something widely admired as being exceptional about Britain.