Our Patron from 1952-1999

We at The Intercontinental Church Society, alongside so many others, mourn the passing of Her Majesty the Queen. For many of us she had been our Queen for all our lives, we have known nothing else. Her legacy will live on for many years. She will be remembered for many reasons, the longest reigning monarch, her fortitude, her strong Christian faith and commitment.

Her Majesty the Queen was Patron of Intercontinental Church Society (Colonial and Continental Church Society as it was known then) from 1952 to 31 December 1999. On her 80th birthday she relinquished the position. Patronage was granted by Lord Liverpool (Prime Minister), Lord Bathurst (Colonial Secretary) and Lord Bexley (Chancellor of the Exchequer). The Society was granted Royal Patronage in 1834 when King William IV became Patron, and it has enjoyed the uninterrupted patronage of successive sovereigns to Queen Elizabeth II. 

May she rest in peace and rise in Glory.

A prayer on the death of Her Majesty The Queen (Church of England)

On Thursday 27 March 1958, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh paid a state visit to the Netherlands to commemorate the 250th anniversary of St Mary's Rotterdam.

St. Mary's and the Missions to Seamen in Rotterdam were honoured by a special visit. Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh were accompanied by Her Majesty Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, Prince Bernhard and the Princesses Beatrix and Irene. They met with various members of the congregation, the church council and members of the Missions to Seamen. Her Majesty was presented with special copies of the original subscription list of 1705.

She also paid a visit to St John and St Philip in The Hague.