Now the Archbishop, in his full ecclesiastical splendor, pronounced the Benediction over Elizabeth and the Peoples of the Commonwealth during this reign.
An honor guard of peers of every degree was forming up the steps to the throne.
At earliest coronations, and according to the Liber Regalis, the Sovereign was to be enthroned at some height, where he would be visible to the people, and he was lifted, literally carried, to the throne.
Elizabeth rose from St. Edward’s chair, facing the congregation for the first time since the Recognition. She looked so small and so strong and so delicate and so determined.
She mounted the five steps, and by simply reaching out to touch her as she turned (and to help her with the yards in length and pounds of weight of her robes,) they “set her” upon her throne.
“Stand firm and hold fast from henceforth the seat and state of royal and imperial dignity . . .” said the Archbishop.
“ ‘Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong . . .’, and ‘Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free . . .’, said the emissary of the Bishop and Guardian of our souls. ‘Therefore, my beloved and longed-for brethren, my joy and my crown, so stand fast in the Lord, beloved.’” (1 Cor. 16:13, Galatians 5:1, Philippians 4:1)
Day after day we have seen in Cor Unum that we have a rightful place . . . a necessary place. This is what Elizabeth saw and believed on behalf of her role in the history of her nation. By royal tradition, Kings and Queens have taken their place; by the Word of God, we in Cor Unum are lifted up to take ours at the right hand of God. Should we fail to do so, families and churches and governments (and nations are comprised of these) will fail. Our reign will be lost and the Kingdom of God will not prosper in our sovereign care, for caring is sovereign, as Elizabeth knows so well.