To honour Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, The Interfaith Forum of Kensington and Chelsea will be hosting an interfaith prayer event on Sunday 18 September 2022.
The event, which will be held at 3pm at Opera Holland Park, W8 6LU, will give people of all faiths the opportunity to come together and commemorate the life of The Queen. The interfaith prayer will be led by Reverend Sally Massey Thomas, followed by music for reflection and a look to the future.
There will also be a national minute’s silence later that day at 8pm.
The Interfaith Forum of Kensington and Chelsea released this statement following the announcement of The Queen’s death:
“The Interfaith Forum of Kensington and Chelsea is united in expressing our profound sorrow as we learn of the death of our Queen whose faithfulness, loyalty and devotion to her people has been an inspiring example throughout her 70 years as our monarch and, from before when, at only 21, she made her public promise: ‘I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.’
“Those words of maturity and wisdom set the standard for a life which rightly won her the love, admiration and respect of people of diverse faiths and cultures both in the UK and across the world. In matters of state, she was exemplary and worked tirelessly to ensure she was well informed and engaged. We give thanks for the joy she brought to individuals and communities with her warm smile and gentle humour.
“We remember too that she was also a family person - wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Our prayers and thoughts are with King Charles III, all her children and wider family. May they grieve but not as those without hope. And as our nation also grieves, may the Royal Family know we hold them in our thoughts and hearts. Queen Elizabeth’s was a shining life well lived and the powerful legacy she leaves of welcoming people of all faiths and none will continue to inspire and encourage generations yet unborn.”
To find out more about what’s happening across the borough to commemorate The Queen, please visit our preparations page for Her Majesty The Queen’s funeral.