Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, passed peacefully last Thursday (September 8) at the age of 96.

A defender of the faith and humble servant of God, she often shared her reflections on Jesus during her Christmas broadcasts.

In honour of her life and legacy, here’s a selection of her writings that inspired us.

I was watching the Arsenal game last night when something unprecedented happened.

At half-time, before kicking off the second half, both Arsenal FC (widely rumoured to be the Queen’s favourite team) and FC Zürich’s players came together in a minute of silence and respect. 

These demonstrations are not uncommon in football: The passing of legendary players, fans or club servants are acknowledged in such displays at times. Thing is, they only occur at the start of games.

So what happened during half-time was monumental: Queen Elizabeth II had passed on.

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