31 May 2022

The Army congratulates the Queen for Platinum Jubilee

The Queen shaking hands with Salvation Army officers
The Queen opens Edward Alsop Court, a men's hostel in London, on 12 December 1996
Territorial Commander Commissioner Anthony Cotterill has sent a letter of congratulations to Her Majesty the Queen to mark the Platinum Jubilee.

The letter reads: 'On behalf of The Salvation Army in the United Kingdom and Ireland may I wish you many congratulations on your Platinum Jubilee.

'We are enormously grateful for your service to the country and, in particular, the support you have given to The Salvation Army over the years of your reign.

Commissioner Anthony Cotterill in Salvation Army uniform

'The Salvation Army has been on the scene of numerous floods, fires and other tragic emergencies but so have you. We are deeply grateful that you have often made time to share a supportive word with our officers and Salvationists as they serve.

'Happily, you have also been able to share moments of celebration with us, visiting, for example, our services for homeless people and attending the 1965 centenary celebration at the Royal Albert Hall.

'More recently, Salvationists across the world were especially proud when you again kindly received the Regent Hall Salvation Army Band, this time at Windsor Castle, to play carols for you and your family. It was an honour for my wife and I to meet you on that memorable occasion.

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Queen Elizabeth II and The Salvation Army through the years

'During the Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend our corps and social service centres will be praying for you and your family and celebrating your long and fruitful reign. Many of them are arranging special community events to bring people together at this glorious time of thanksgiving to God and celebration. Our social media feeds will also be sharing a video that celebrates the many times you have offered your support to us.

'We thank God for you and pray God’s blessing upon you as you celebrate this remarkable milestone.

'I write on behalf of The Salvation Army in the United Kingdom, who have the honour to be, Madam, your Majesty’s humble and obedient servants.'

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