The oldest children of Her Majesty & Prince Philip were born before the Coronation of Her Majesty. These are Prince Charles, known as The Prince of Wales, and Princess Anne, known as The Princess Royal. The youngest two children were born afterward the Coronation. These are Prince Andrew, known as the Duke of York, and Prince Edward, known as The Earl of Wessex.
They have had a unique British upbringing, knowing that their mother was The Queen of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and Head of the Commonwealth too. The Royal Family is part of a Constitutional Monarchy which means that her children are heirs to the British Throne, taking on the role of Monarch after her death, starting with the oldest child.
Therefore, these siblings have lived in more luxuriant homes, had people to assist in their upbringing and yet, at the cost of intense media interest for the whole of their lives. As the first child, Prince Charles is the heir apparent and will succeed the British Throne in the fullness of time.
Let’s pray for them:
‘Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands. How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them! He will not be put to shame when he confronts his accusers at the city gates.’ Psalm 127:3-5 NLT
Heavenly Father we thank you for the gift of children – the next generation to come. The children of Her Majesty and Prince Philip are gifts that you have given them to steward. We pray that as parents, they will not be put to shame because of them. The parenting journey is not easy, especially in the public eye. Thank you for all that the time and advice HM The Queen and Prince Philip have put into their children over the years to prepare them for a life of serving their nation as part of the Royal family. Continue to encourage their relationship as family members together. Give them times when they can meet together as siblings.
As each child of Her Majesty has married and have children of their own, given them special family times together as a wider family. Whether together on holiday in Balmoral, Christmas celebrations or birthday celebrations may their unity smell like a sweet perfume to you, O Lord. Across the world, each family has its challenges, so we pray that you would keep this family in your perfect peace. Endow them with Your amazing love that covers imperfections and short comings.
‘Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.’ 1 Peter 4:8 NLT
As family members, we pray that you would bind them together, in good times and in times when the pressure is on from whatever source. We pray that you would be their source of strength to face the public eyes and the media scrutiny day after day.
As siblings, we pray for good communication between them. When there are frustrations or misunderstandings, give them the strength and grace to forgive and forgive again, to be patient and kind towards one another. Help them Father God, to encourage one another as siblings, and to respect one another’s perspective. It says in your Word, Lord, that love covers a multitude of sins, so we pray that you would help each sibling in the Royal family to love the others.
May your love and peace reign in these relationships,