EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: A question of faith for the King
With Buckingham Palace now committed to a Coronation reflecting Britain’s glorious pomp and pageantry, King Charles has yet to resolve how he will fulfil his pledge to make it more inclusive of other religions. In the ceremony, the Archbishop of Canterbury will ask the King two lengthy questions, commencing: ‘Will you 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?’ With the crowning shortened from three hours to one, how will Charles find the time to answer such long-winded queries and still include all other faiths?
With Buckingham Palace now committed to a Coronation reflecting Britain’s glorious pomp and pageantry, King Charles has yet to resolve how he will fulfil his pledge to make it more inclusive of other religions
Prince Harry’s provocative choice of Spare as the title of his memoir rankles in the gilded corridors, where two previous reserves had to reluctantly step up to the plate. George V was never meant to reign but the death of his elder brother Prince Albert Victor in the 1892 flu pandemic changed the course of his life. And George VI should have lived a quiet life in the countryside had not his elder brother Edward VIII decided to put his American divorcee before the throne. Might both have envied spare heir Harry?
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‘She demanded to know why my mother had not included in the shoot the greatest aristocratic beauty of all, the Duchess of Windsor’
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