Queen title shock: Could the Queen lose THIS title due to changing culture in Britain? | Royal | News
The Queen, 94, is the longest-reigning current monarch in the world and the fourth longest-reigning monarch of all time. Throughout her life, she has broken many records and has accumulated many additional titles. But due to the changing social attitudes of modern life, could she soon say farewell to one particular beloved title?
The Queen has important and distinct constitutional relationships with the Churches of England and Scotland.
As Head of the Nation and Head of the Commonwealth, Her Majesty also recognises and celebrates other faiths in the UK and throughout the Commonwealth.
The reigning sovereign holds the title of Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England.
These titles date back to the reign of King Henry VIII who was initially granted this title by Pope Leo X.
The BSA survey showed the number of people who identified as Christian had dropped from 66 percent in 1983 to just 38 percent in 2018.
This means the next census will likely reflect this migration away from religion.
It is possible as a result, the Queen’s titles of Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England will become out of step with British attitudes.
Humanists UK Director of Public Affairs and Policy Richy Thompson: “Most surveys indicate that a majority of the country now hold non-religious beliefs, with many people also belonging to non-Christian religions.
“In other words, this is a very diverse nation, and given this, it is unsurprising that most people want the state to reflect this diversity in everything it does, including establishment.”
However, the Queen is unlikely to allow religion to become a defunct institution of the past.
In 2012, she said the Church is “occasionally misunderstood” and “commonly under-appreciated”.
She said: “Its role is not to defend Anglicanism to the exclusion of other religions. Instead, the Church has a duty to protect the free practice of all faiths in this country.”
She took an oath to remain committed to religion in her coronation to “maintain and preserve inviolably the settlement of the Church of England, and the doctrine worship, discipline, and government thereof, as by law established in England.”
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