08 July 2009

What HM The Queen actually said to the schismatics

Finally, the full text of the letter from The Queen's correspondence officer has been released. Please note that the letter is not from Her Majesty, but, rather, from the senior correspondence officer.

Dear Mr Perkin,

The Queen has asked me to thank you for your letter of 7th August, and I apologise for the delay in replying. Due to the high volume of mail received in recent weeks, correspondence has been dealt with in strict date order.

Her Majesty has noted the content of your letter and understands the commitment to the Anglican Church that prompted you and your brethren to write as you did.

I should explain however that the Queen, as Supreme Governor of the Church of England would not intervene in the day-to-day running of the Church of England. Although you have already sent a copy of your letter to him, I have, nevertheless, been directed to forward your letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury so that he may be aware of your approach to Her Majesty from this office.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Sonia Bonici

Senior Correspondence Officer.

Now, let's note what the letter did not say. It did not give the support to the schismatics in the COE that they claim it did. It merely stated that Her Majesty understands their concern. And, note what it did say: Her Majesty will not get involved and that the letter from the schismatics has been forwarded to the Archbishop of Canterbury. And, note the rebuke - The Queen wishes the schismatics to know that she has informed the ABC that they have attempted to circumvent the accepted process by going over his head. To use a good southern saying, The Queen told them, "you're barking up the wrong tree."

In response to the second plea for help sent to Her Majesty, this reply was received
The Queen was grateful for the assurance of your prayers and appreciated your message of loyalty. In return, I am to convey Her Majesty’s good wishes to all concerned for a successful and memorable event.
It is very important to note that the two letters from Her Majesty were received one year apart. All that is a far cry from the support they claim Her Majesty has given the schismatic movement. But, all we ever hear from the schismatics is "poor us" and falsehood.

As an UPDATE, it is reported that Her Majesty is not amused that her words have been twisted into support for the schism. The Telegraph has all the glorious details.