“Defender of Faith”

That most conservative of contemporary institutions, the British Monarchy, may be showing signs of responding to the new religious reality in the British Isles. According to an article in the Telegraph, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, has suggested that when (or if) Prince Charles becomes King of England, he should have an interfaith coronation. A report from the British Home Office noted that the traditional coronation oath, in which the new monarch swears to uphold the Protestant faith may not be appropriate in the increasingly multi-religious British Isles.

Charles himself is said to approve of a broader understanding. In an interview in 1994, he said he would rather be known as “Defender of Faith” than “Defender of the Faith.”

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