The Queen's declaration of faith as she celebrated Christmas in a private chapel after a television show that drew 8.2 million viewers
- As Supreme Governor of the Church of England, the Queen's faith is important to her
- The royal chaplain preached a sermon in a private chapel at Windsor Castle
- Places of worship can open as long as social precautions are observed
The Queen attended a special Christmas Day service at Windsor Castle, as The Mail may show on Sunday.
As Supreme Governor of the Church of England, the 94-year-old's faith is incredibly important to her, but she was unable to attend church because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
But on Friday, a royal chaplain gave sermons and readings in her private chapel at Windsor Castle, where she is self-isolating with Prince Philip.
The Queen attended a special Christmas Day service at Windsor Castle, as The Mail may show on Sunday
While Berkshire Castle is in Tier 4, the government has allowed places of worship to open as long as precautions against social distancing are followed.
The chapel holds a special place in royal history.
The Queen herself, Prince Charles and Princess Anne were confirmed there, while the setting was used for the christening of Prince Edward, Zara Phillips and Prince Harry's son Archie.
A royal source said, "Christmas Day is obviously one of the most important days on the Christian calendar, so everything has been done to create a safe Covid-19 ministry for it."
Due to the lockdown and concerns it could attract crowds, the Queen has only gone to church once in the past nine months – to attend the wedding of her granddaughter Princess Beatrice to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi at the All Saints Royal Chapel in Windsor Great Park .
However, she has found new ways to continue her worship.
During her stay in Balmoral in the Scottish Highlands in August, services were held outdoors. Since September, she has attended Sunday virtual services broadcast live by Canon Martin Poll, Chaplain of Windsor Great Park, for the Royal Chapel of All Saints congregation.
While Berkshire Castle is in Tier 4, the government has allowed places of worship (pictured) to open as long as social distancing precautions are followed
A socially distant Christmas service, at which Princess Beatrice read a lesson, also took place last weekend and beamed back to the Queen in Windsor Castle.
The Queen emphasized her faith during her speech to the nation on Christmas Day, which attracted a television audience of 8.2 million.
Not only did she praise the “calm, indomitable spirit” of people around the world as they rise to the challenge of the coronavirus, but she also said, “The teachings of Christ have served as my inner light, as has the meaning we find, when we come together in worship. & # 39;
Her address to the nation was the most watched television program of Christmas Day, beating the BBC reputation Call The Midwife in second place by nearly three million viewers.
The private chapel where the Queen spent Christmas morning has a distinctive blue vaulted ceiling with white walls.
It was rebuilt after the castle fire in 1992 and has six stained glass windows designed by the Duke of Edinburgh.
The original chapel is from Queen Victoria, whose daughter Princess Helena married there, while some of the monarch's other children were confirmed and baptized in the historic setting.
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