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2006-10-26 11:13:53 UTC
Charles wants multi-faith coronation service
Daily Mail ^ | 26th October 2006 | Daily Mail
Posted on 10/25/2006 11:26:14 PM PDT by Eurotwit
Prince Charles wants to be crowned King in a multi-faith coronation
service in a dramatic break with tradition, it is claimed.
The Prince is said to have decided that the Christian service in
Westminster Abbey must be followed by a separate ceremony involving
religious leaders from other faiths.
Held in the ancient Westminster Hall inside the Palace of Westminster,
the service would attempt to give room to Muslim, Hindu, Jewish and
Sikh beliefs as well as other Christian denominations.
Prince Charles believes reforms to the coronation are vital to reflect
the changes in British society that have taken place since the Queen
was crowned in 1953, according to a report in this week's Spectator
It also claims he has been appalled by the string of politicians
"sounding off" about multiculturalism, in particular the wearing of the
veil by Muslim women.
Clarence House refused to comment on the claims.
It has always declined to discuss Prince Charles's coronation plans
while the Queen is alive.
However, a senior source told the Daily Mail that the accession plans
had been reviewed last year, though he insisted this was "routine."
The prince, who will become Supreme Governor of the Church of England
when he becomes king, has already said that he wants to be Defender of
Faith - not Defender of the Faith - when he accedes to the throne.
He is close to Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, who has
called for a multi-faith coronation.
That puts him at odds with Rowan Williams, his successor, and with most
Anglican bishops, who oppose such a move.
The crowning of the sovereign has taken place for almost 1,000 years at
Westminster Abbey. The new king or queen takes the coronation oath
which includes a pledge to maintain the Church of England.
At her coronation in 1953, the Queen swore to uphold "the laws of God
and the true profession of the Gospel, maintain the Protestant reformed
religion established by law and maintain and reserve inviolably the
settlement of the Church of England."
The Spectator article quotes a courtier as saying the Queen recognises,
however, that she has no say over her son's coronation service.
"Her Majesty has carried out her duties to the letter throughout her
life and she knows that they extend to the very end of the final act,"
"She recognises, however, that she should not exert her influence one
second beyond the conclusion of her funeral. The coronation is a matter
solely for the PoW."
The report says Prince Charles is keen that his coronation should "bear
his imprimatur" and that it should be seen to mark the beginning of a
new era and a new kind of reign.
Although his mother permitted television cameras from the BBC into
Westminster Abbey to transmit live pictures of her coronation, they
were required to withdraw at certain points in the ceremony which she
felt to be too sacred.
But Prince Charles is said to believe that such deference is now
He also wants the service truncated into a "less unwieldy' and more
'focused and telecentric" event, according to the report.
He also believes it should acknowledge the religious diversity of the
country that he will be ruling.
The report says that following the formal Christian ceremony in the
Abbey, the Prince wants here should be a separate interdenominational
ceremony in Westminster Hall to reflect his desire to represent the
peoples of all religions.
The separate gathering would be unlikely to take place immediately
after the formal Christian coronation, but at a later date.
While Labour politicians have attacked the failings of multiculturalism
in recent months, the idea of a separate coronation service to meet the
requirements of other faiths has recently been mooted by the
Evangelical Alliance, which represents a million evangelical Christians
in the UK.
"It is no secret that the PoW has long felt passionately about this
matter," the courtier added.
"His determination not to yield so much as an inch of this ground has
been strengthened a hundredfold by the events of recent weeks."
"It has dismayed him to see the people who will one day be his subjects
turn upon each other on the basis of their religious convictions." "As
sovereign, he will wish to demonstrate that he is apart from the
politicians who have been sounding off so much lately on, among other
things, the issue of veils and that he can set an example for the
entire country to follow."