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The Coronation of Our King

A happy day. The coronation of our King. As the longest serving monarch in waiting, we have come to know him well. He has unfailingly given voice to those causes and concerns he holds deal – not least the environment. Long before the also good and great David Attenborough, King Charles was a passionate and often provoking voice speaking up for the well-being of creation. He has a particular passion for songbirds – of which there has been a steady and constant decline of 35% since the 1970’s.

So, as I sit working at my study desk this Coronation morning, I look out on the most wonderfully made blackbirds nest woven into the Clematis Amandii draping itself across the study window. Mother and Father blackbird are tenderly brooding their eggs and I give thanks and praise – and pay particular homage…

I think too of a man born to be King and the trials and tragedies he has faced through his precariously privileged life. The Beatles, much loved by the King, wrote that beautiful song:

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise…

…and I pray ‘God save the King!’


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