A meeting of Bishops from 165 countries in London this week has Queen Elizabeth II addressing them with a letter of faith and hope.

The Lambeth Conference was postponed for the past two years and were finally able to meet once again. 

The Queen's message to those gathering from July 26 until August 8 was sent on Wednesday of this week. 

"As we all emerge from the pandemic, I know that the Conference is taking place at a time of great need for the love of God — both in Word and deed," says the Queen in the address.

She acknowledged how hard things have been for those in ministry over the course of the pandemic. 

"The bishops of the Anglican Communion set out a path for an ongoing commitment towards Christian unity in a changing world; a task that is, perhaps, even more important today, as together you look to the future and explore the role of the church in responding to the needs of the present age. It is of comfort to me that you do so in the strength of God."

On August 3, the bishops were set to visit Lambeth Palace to launch the Anglican Communion forest initiative. 

"I was interested to learn that the focus of your programme at Lambeth Palace today is reflection and dialogue on the theme of the environment, a cause close to the heart of my late husband, and carried on by The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Cambridge."

The Queen, who is 96-years-old and been reigning as queen for 70 years, ended her address with an encouragement to the bishops, stating that the 'message and teachings of Christ have been my guide.'

"And in them I find hope. It is my heartfelt prayer that you will continue to be sustained by your faith in times of trial and encouraged by hope at times of despair."