- The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Today program on Friday.
- Welby said Queen Elizabeth II had “no fear of death” when he last saw her in June.
- Queen Elizabeth II died at age 96 on Thursday at Balmoral Castle.
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Justin Welby, 66, appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Today Show on Friday to speak about the Queen,
“I came away thinking there is someone who has no fear of death, has hope in the future, knows the rock on which she stands and that gives her strength,” Welby said, according to
Welby, 66, continued: You felt that history was in front of you, but it was history with those piercingly blue eyes twinkling, that extraordinary smile and the relishing of a quick dry comment.”
Welby last met with Queen Elizabeth II in June when he gave her a Canterbury Cross for her service to the Church of England.shared footage of the meeting that month.
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Representatives for Buckingham Palace did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
On Thursday, Buckingham Palace said the Queen’s doctorsand suggested she remain under medical supervision. Members of the royal family traveled to Balmoral Castle to be with her.
Following her death, King Charles III ascended to the throne and shared a statement regarding Queen Elizabeth II.
“We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms, and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world,” the statement read. “During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held.”
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