Could the Queen be canonised as St Elizabeth of Windsor?
Roman Catholic peer Charles Moore makes the proposition, pointing out that the Church of England, of which she was Supreme Governor, accepts pre-Reformation canonisations and could recognise the Queen.
‘If it were minded to do so,’ he writes in The Spectator, ‘this is the best possible moment to start.’
She also possessed, he argues, the two formal qualifications for sainthood – heroic virtue and two miracles, adding: ‘The world is already full of people who believe the late Queen cured them of this and that.’
Lord Moore has a vested interest in HM’s elevation to sainthood. He claims that his cousin’s anxiety was cured by seeing the Queen’s catafalque. ‘Behold,’ he tells me, ‘the wonderful experience of grace cast out his fear.’ Pope Francis remains mute.