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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke September 14, 2022

No, these photos don’t prove Queen Elizabeth II was a ‘Luciferian’

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  • She was a Christian and the supreme governor of the Church of England.
  • Photos show a young Queen Elizabeth II participating in a cultural festival in Wales, not a Luciferian rite. 

Queen Elizabeth II, who died Sept. 8, was a Christian — supreme governor of the Church of England — but a recent social media post declared her a Luciferian and purported to have photo evidence to prove it. 

"She was a luciferian since day one," the Instagram post says. "They just called it druids at that time. Lol. Now she home with her master."

A Luciferian, according to the National Catholic Register, worships the character of Lucifer as a liberator or "bringer of light."

The post cycles through several photos of the queen wearing robes and a hood. Text appearing over the photos says "Queen Elizabeth II druidic initiation." 

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In August 1946, then-Princess Elizabeth was "initiated into the mystic circle of Welsh bards during the annual Eisteddfod at Mountain Ash, Glamorgan," reads the caption of a Getty Images photo of Elizabeth at the event. "The bards meet each year at the meeting, in order to compete for the highest artistic achievement of that year." 

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Elizabeth was dressed as a druid for the ceremony, which initiated her as an honorary bard of "the Gorsedd of the Bards of Wales," according to news reports and the Royal Collection Trust, a department within the royal household that maintains royal art collections and manages public openings of official royal residences. (She lost the title in 2006 when the rules changed and members of the Gorsedd of the Bards were required to speak Welsh, which Elizabeth did not.) 

The Gorsedd of the Bards, a group dating back to the late 1700s, creates pageantry at the National Eisteddfod, an annual festival in Wales, the BBC said. "Gorsedd members, known as druids, include poets, writers, musicians, artists and others who have made a distinguished contribution to the Welsh nation, the language and its culture," according to the BBC. The Gorsedd of the Bards was inspired by druids, or ancient Celtic priests, but aimed to protect the language and culture of Wales.

Gorsedd's creator "put his own spin on druid influences but remained firm in his Christian beliefs," the BBC said, and the group’s primary mission was "to honor the literary achievements of Welsh poets and prose writers — and not pagan gods."

Dr. Cathryn Charnell-White, an expert on the group’s founding, told the BBC, "There’s no pagan link there at all." 

Sky History reports that Luciferians, meanwhile, date back to the 13th and 14th centuries in Europe and "wanted to restore Lucifer to his righteous place in heaven."

Photos of a young Elizabeth participating in a cultural festival in Wales does not mean that she is a Luciferian.

We rate this post False. 


Our Sources

Instagram post, Sept. 12, 2022

BBC News, The Queen: Religious leaders reflect on her Christian faith, Sept. 11, 2022

The Church of England, Leadership and governance, visited Sept. 12, 2022

Getty Images photo, Aug. 6, 1946

Royal Collection Trust, Princess Elizabeth is invested as Honorary Ovate of the Gorsedd of the Bards of Wales at the National Eisteddfod of Wales 6 - 6 Aug 1946, archived May 15, 2021

BBC, Find out more about the druids and the gorsedd rituals, Aug. 1, 2019

BBC, The Queen 'admired and respected' Welsh culture, Sept. 12, 2022

Student Historical Journal, Devil Worship in the Middle Ages, 1986-1987

Daily Mail, Druids strip Queen of her ancient honorary title she gained as a princess because she doesn't speak Welsh, Aug. 9, 2019

BBC News, When a druid isn't a druid, Aug. 6, 2002

Getty Images, Photos of Princess Elizabeth, 1946

Sky History, ​​Luciferians: Satanic sects and the Knights Templar, accessed Sept. 13, 2022

BBC, Return of the druids, visited Sept. 14, 2022

BBC, Prehistoric Wales (part two), visited Sept. 14, 2022


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