The Archbishop of Canterbury said he would miss the Queen immensely, as he praised King Charles for having a “sense of service and duty, on par with the late Queen”.
Archbishop Justin Welbywho will preach at the state funeral tomorrow, said Queen Elizabeth ll confident that she will be reunited with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, along with her father, mother and sister, when she is laid to rest at Windsor.
He also said he hoped world leaders, gathered at Westminster Abbey for the funeral, would be guided by her example.
The Archbishop told Sky’s Anna Botting that he feels “very honored to be there”, stating: “It is not satisfying to be there, because we all wish this had not happened – all of them. We will both miss and grieve for the Queen.”
He said the ceremony will “focus on family first, because this is a family saying goodbye, at a funeral, to someone they love”.
The funeral will be attended by more than 2,000 people and watched by billions around the world, making it the most watched broadcast of all time in the world.
The archbishop describes the “sincerely shared experience” that people in the UK are feeling, as “a traumatic experience, because of much deep grief, but also mixed with a extremely grateful experience”.
When asked if the role of King was too much for Charles, 73, to take on in his later years, he said: “Frankly, it would be too much to expect most people to take on the role. This is for all ages.
“He’s a very smart, humble, caring, service-minded man who doesn’t just sit around twirling around waiting to be cast.
“As we all know, his service to the country and the Commonwealth around the world has been enormous. And he’s really been thinking about this role for many, many years.
“From the point of view of the head of state, there was a seamless transition – not with a self-centered person or anything like that – but with one with a sense of service and duty. equal to the late queen”.
The archbishop described the last time he saw the Queen in June, when he handed her a crucifixion, to mark 70 years of service to the Church of England.
He said: “Her memory is very sharp, her ability to observe is very sharp.
“I went back and said to my wife, ‘we don’t have to worry, I won’t have to be crowned. The successor will do it, she is very suitable “.”
The cross has been used as a symbol of reconciliation and peace-building all over the world.
He said he believed the Queen would “unite more global leaders, possibly, than at any time in human history”, as heads of state, royal families and representatives Governments from around the world gathered at Westminster Abbey for her funeral.
Archbishop Welby said he hopes and prays that it is a time “where they will reflect on their own leadership”, look in her example and spend “a moment where they speak to herself, ‘I really want people to look at me, in the way that they look at her’.
“She was incredibly loyal and filled with faith. A quiet, quiet Christian who believes in the faithfulness of God.”
He said she was now at peace and that the country should “take hope” and solace from that.
The Queen’s funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey at 11am on Monday.