Elizabeth is about to become Britain’s longest-reigning queen. Here’s how she’s changed monarchy...

Jan 1, 2015 by

By Matthew Dennison, Spectator: Whatever has or hasn’t happened over the last 63 years and seven months, we have shared a single blessing of ‘steadiness, staying-power and self-sacrifice’. On 24 September 1896 Queen Victoria was given a present of a paper knife, and expressed herself ‘much delighted’. The handle was set with overlapping gold coins each bearing the portrait of a British monarch. The uppermost coin bore an image of Victoria herself; the one beneath it, that of her grandfather...

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Scotland’s First Minister Donald Dewar consulted Queen over Catholic monarchy ban

Jan 1, 2015 by

By Simon Johnson, Telegraph: Newly-declassified documents showed Scotland’s first First Minister approached Buckingham Palace and the UK Government about the Act of Settlement, which barred Roman Catholics from ascending to the throne and marrying into the Royal Family. Donald Dewar consulted the Queen and the UK Government over his rejection of SNP calls for an end to the ban on Roman Catholics ascending to the throne, according to newly-declassified documents. Scotland’s first First...

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Queen beats Archbishop of Canterbury as ‘most moral leader’ in new poll

Dec 28, 2014 by

By Lucinda Borkett-Jones, Christian Today: The Queen and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge rank ahead of religious and political figures for their moral leadership, according to respondents in a survey commissioned by TheSunday Times. In the YouGov survey, which was conducted before the Queen’s speech on Christmas Day, respondents were asked to choose three or four names from a list. About one third (34 per cent) said the Queen provided the best moral leadership for Britain. The monarchy...

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Prince of Peace? How Prince Charles is becoming an increasingly vocal defender of Christianity

Dec 10, 2014 by

By Lucinda Borkett-Jones, Christian Today: Over the last couple of years the Prince of Wales has repeatedly spoken up for the plight of Christians facing persecution in the Middle East, and more recently his efforts have stepped up a gear. In the last couple of months he has spoken about the issue in the House of Lords, filmed a video address for Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need and donated to their work. In November, he visited an Armenian church in London, and today a Chaldean...

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Koran should be read at Prince Charles’ coronation says top bishop

Nov 29, 2014 by

by Steve Doughty, Mailonline: Prince Charles’s coronation service should be opened with a reading from the Koran, a senior Church of England bishop said yesterday. The gesture would be a ‘creative act of accommodation’ to make Muslims feel ‘embraced’ by the nation, Lord Harries of Pentregarth said. But critics attacked the idea, accusing the Church of ‘losing confidence’ in its own institutions and traditions. Lord Harries, a former Bishop of Oxford and a leading CofE liberal thinker, said he...

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Reinterment of King Richard III services announced

Sep 7, 2014 by

From ITV News: The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster and the Archbishop of Canterbury will both be taking part in services in Leicester Cathedral to mark the reinterment of King Richard III, it has been announced. This means the most senior clergy of both the Church of England and the Catholic Church in the country will be present as the former monarch is laid to rest during a week of events from 22nd – 28th March next year. Since the discovery of the body of Richard III in 2012, the...

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