Queen Elizabeth II opposed the legalization of same-sex marriage in England because of her deeply held Christian values, a close friend has reportedly told a London-based newspaper.
Daily Mail published a story on Sunday which claimed that the queen, who is also head of the Church of England, secretly opposed gay marriage but was in favour of civil partnerships.
The unnamed “friend” said the monarch was frustrated by the fact that she could only “advise and warn” on the issue.
“It was the ‘marriage’ thing that she thought was wrong, because marriage ought to be sacrosanct between a man and a woman,” said the friend, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
The revelation is among the insights in a ground-breaking series starting in the Mail today to mark her 90th birthday next month.
Following extensive interviews with courtiers past and present, friends of the Queen and family members, we can also reveal one of her most senior former aides believes it was a mistake not to lower the Buckingham Palace flag after Princess Diana’s death – and that he is convinced the Queen now shares this view.
The Queen has also changed her attitude towards Diana to one of gratitude.
She turns 90 on April 21, and events to celebrate her remarkable reign – she became Queen aged 25 – are being organised up and down the country, including an official pageant at Windsor Castle.