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Queen celebrates diversity of faiths in UK

posted 15 Feb 2012, 10:32 by Mpelembe   [ updated 15 Feb 2012, 10:32 ]

Britain's Queen Elizabeth, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, attends a Diamond Jubilee multi-faith reception at Lambeth Palace in London.

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FEBRUARY 15, 2011) (ROYAL POOL) - Britain's Queen Elizabeth, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, attended a Diamond Jubilee multi-faith reception at Lambeth Palace in London on Wednesday (February 15).

On arrival, the Royal Party were met by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, and Mrs Williams.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh met with representatives of the eight non-Christian religions in the State Drawing Room.

There were representatives of the Baha'i, Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, and Zoroastrian communities, as well as Christian representatives.

They each presented a treasured object or text of importance to their faith.

Following this, they attended a reception in the Guard Room, at which the Queen gave a speech.

"This gathering is a reminder of how much we owe the nine major religious traditions represented here. They are sources of a rich cultural heritage and have given rise to beautiful sacred objects and holy texts, as we have seen today. Yet these traditions are also contemporary families of faith. Our religions provide critical guidance for the way we live our lives," she said.

The reception was one of the Queen's first public engagements to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee year.