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I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service... But I shall not have strength to carry out this resolution alone unless you join in it with me, as I now invite you to do: I know that your support will be unfailingly given. God help me to make good my vow,

and God bless all of you who are willing to share in it.

Princess Elizabeth, 21st April 1947, on the occasion of her twenty-first birthday.

Almighty God, the fountain of all goodness, bless our Sovereign Lady, Queen Elizabeth, and all who are in authority under her; that they may order all things

in wisdom and equity, righteousness and peace, to the honour and glory of your name and the good of your Church and people; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. Amen.

O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

our only Saviour, the Prince of Peace:

give us grace seriously to lay to heart

the great dangers we are in by our unhappy divisions;

take away our hatred and prejudice

and whatever else may hinder us from godly union and concord,

that, as there is but one body, one Spirit and one hope of our calling,

one Lord, one faith, one baptism,

one God and Father of us all,

so may we henceforth be all of one heart and of one soul,

united in one holy bond of truth and peace, of faith and charity,

and may with one mind and one mouth glorify you;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Accession Service.

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