Royal Residences: St James’s Palace

St James’s Palace is the most senior working Royal Palace held by the Royal Family.

St James’s Palace is the ceremonial meeting place of the Accession Council whenever there is a death and change of the British Monarch. The Royal Court is the extended household of all who serve the Monarch, and their offices are based in St James’s Palace.

It is also the residence of several members of the Royal Family. There are a few State apartments which are used for official visitors. The Royal Family hold receptions here with the charities of which they are patrons, and also receptions associated with state or official visits.

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Let’s pray:

‘O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord.’ Psalm 139:1-4 NLT

Father God, you know the comings and goings of people in and out of St James’s Palace. You know those who live there, work there and visit for official business or a charity engagement. Thank you that your eyes see even more than the security personnel who guard its walls and doors.

As we remember all those who work for Her Majesty and the Royal Family, we pray that you would give them your perspective on The Establishment – those who they serve. Grace them with the right attitude each day to manage the challenges and duties they are faced with. We pray for the many offices that are in St James’s Palace. Make your presence known in the offices as they undertake mundane and extraordinary business related to The Crown and The Royal Family.

‘Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises! For God is the King over all the earth. Praise him with a psalm. God reigns above the nations, sitting on his holy throne. The rulers of the world have gathered together with the people of the God of Abraham. For all the kings of the earth belong to God. He is highly honoured everywhere.’ Psalm 47:6-9 NLT

As we remember that you, O God, are the King above all the earth and above all kings, we exalt you. We magnify your name, as there is no other name that can compare. You reign above all the nations of the earth, and nothing escapes your notice in how they rule their nation. Thank you God that all the kings of the earth belong to you, each one is enthroned and de-throned according to your time and purposes for the nation they reign in. Continue to have your hand upon the British Royal family, each one is known so well to you. Keep them your humble servants as they serve their nation and the Commonwealth Realms and countries.

As we think about the future of the Monarchy, we also pray for great wisdom for those who have to make decisions in a time of crisis related to the death of a Monarch or an heir to the British Throne. Give great wisdom and discernment to the Accession Council and those closely involved with the massive change of a change of Monarch. These changes impact the British nation, and that of many international nations because of the Commonwealth links, and deep understanding of legislation, history and The Crown is needed. Provide them with all they need.

In the name of Jesus, we pray,

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