Today is the sixty ninth anniversary of the accession of H M The Queen. As we enter the year 70 Elizabeth II a window from the church of St Peter and St Paul at Farningham in Kent seems an appropriate way to mark the day, and indeed Her Majesty’s reign.
The old west window of the church had been destroyed by bombing in 1941. The design of its replacement apparently caused some controversy as the Vicar at the time proposed a depiction of King Charles I, King and Martyr and St Elizabeth of Hungary, the patron saint of charities. The matter was resolved on the death of King George VI in 1952 with the figure of the new Queen replacing that of St Elizabeth. The window was finally dedicated in 1954 and was the first stained glass window in a church to depict Queen Elizabeth II. The imagery of her figure clearly refers to those from her coronation in 1953.
Image: Farningham PCC
The window was not one I knew off until the Special Correspondent drew it to my attention. Not only is it a handsome example of the glaziers art but it captures not only an image of Her Majesty at the beginning of her reign but also an image of her sense of duty and fidelity to that as a Christian monarch.