Bishop Robert Byrne CO has released the following statement on the news of Her Majesty The Queen’s acute ill health, while staying at Balmoral.

“Many will have heard that our Queen’s health has become a matter of great concern for her immediate family, for the country and the wider Commonwealth.

The Queen’s deep Christian faith is a role model to us all, as it has been throughout her long reign. It has been a constant source of solace and strength to her, and it is now fitting that those of faith should find time to pray for her and her immediate family.

I would ask you to keep Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family in your thoughts and prayers during this very anxious time.”

Cardinal Vincent Nichols statement together with specific prayers to The Queen are available here.