The Queen hosts a reception to celebrate the work of UK faith and belief groups in local communities
26 June 2019
The Queen, joined by The Duchess of Gloucester, hosted reception at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the work of UK faith and belief groups in bringing local communities together.
The Queen is Head of the Church of England and a regular churchgoer who has spoken many times about the importance of her faith.
Her Majesty said in the 2002 Christmas Broadcast:
“I know just how much I rely on my own faith to guide me through the good times and the bad. Each day is a new beginning, I know that the only way to live my life is to try to do what is right… And to put my trust in God.”
The Queen celebrates all faiths, and many of her engagements reflect the religious diversity of the UK and Commonwealth.
The reception on 26 June 2019, recognised individuals of all faiths and beliefs who are working at grassroots and community level to support their local neighbourhoods and bring together different backgrounds and ethnicities.
Guests included representatives of different faiths and beliefs from across the UK, including volunteers, community workers, and those promoting social cohesion within their neighbourhoods.