The Coptic Orthodox Church, headed by Pope Tawadros II, issued on 8 September a statement “mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth II who died that morning [aged 96] following more than 70 years as monarch of the UK.
“The Queen left behind a large legacy of sublime humanitarian work, and strong support for human rights and religious freedom.
“She had a very good relation with the Coptic Church, which translated in support and service for the Coptic congregation in the UK, and culminated in granting the Coptic Bishop of London, Anba Angaelos, the honour of being made Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) [an honour awarded for having a major local role in any activity, including people whose work has made them known nationally in their chosen area].
“The Church prays for heavenly comfort to the Queen’s family, the British people, and all peoples loyal to the late Queen.”
Queen Elizabeth had received the Coptic Orthodox patriarchs Pope Shenouda III (patriarch in 1971 – 2012) in 1979, and the current Pope Tawadros II in 2017.
9 September 2022