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Queen Elizabeth Had ‘No Fear Of Death,’ Archbishop of Canterbury Says

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Queen Elizabeth II wasn’t scared of death — at least, so says the Archbishop of Canterbury. After Buckingham Palace announced on Thursday the Queen passed away “peacefully” at her beloved Balmoral Castle at the age of 96, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby looked back on his very last meeting with the late monarch in an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today show.

He visited Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle in June in order to award her a special Canterbury Cross, commemorating her service to the Church of England in her Platinum Jubilee year.

And during their last in-person encounter, Welby told the show he got the impression that Her Majesty did not “fear” the prospect of death, saying on Friday: Related: Why Prince Harry Didn’t Travel To Balmoral Castle With The Royal Family Touching on how it felt to be in the near the longest-reigning monarch in British history, he recalled: Ever since Elizabeth ascended the throne in 1952, she served as the ceremonial head of the Church of England – which the title has now been handed over to her son and successor, King Charles III.

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