Prince CharlesÂ Defender of Faith(s) to visit Saudi Arabia next week
The move would mean the monarch, as Supreme Governor of the Church of England, would no longer be known as Defender of the Faith for the first time since the reign of Henry VIII.
The Prince caused controversy within the Anglican church when he floated the idea several years ago of becoming Defender of the Faiths in an attempt to embrace the other religions in Britain.
In a compromise he has now opted for Defender of Faith(s) which he hopes will unite the different strands of society, and their beliefs, at his Coronation. (thanks to Mullah)
- Â There is reason to believe that Prince Charles converted to Islam
- Prince Charles Â urged the world to follow Islamic ‘spiritual principles’ in order to save the environment.
This claim was put forward by no less a personage than the grand mufti of Cyprus: “Did you know that Prince Charles has converted to Islam. Yes, yes. He is a Muslim. I can’t say more. But it happened in Turkey. Oh, yes, he converted all right. When you get home check on how often he travels to Turkey. You’ll find that your future king is a Muslim.”
However, there would be huge obstacles to overcome before the Prince can fulfil his wish which he has discussed with some of his closest advisers. It would require Parliament to agree to amend the 1953 Royal Titles Act which came into law after changes were made for the Queen’s Coronation in the same year. A senior source told The Daily Telegraph: “There have been lots of discussions. He would like to be known as the Defender of Faith which is a subtle but hugely symbolic shift.”
The Monarch has been known by the title Defender of the Faith ever since the title was bestowed on Henry VIII by the Pope in 1521 for his early support for Roman Catholicism
A Clarence House spokesman said: “There has been work done on the accession planning as you would expect however there has been no planning of the Coronation or its contents.” The Prince has been advised on the accession by Sir Stephen Lamport, his former Private Secretary, who was a senior civil servant.
Vernon Bogdanor, the constitutionalist who is Professor of Government at Oxford University, said: “In 1952, when the Queen came to the throne, it was very much an Anglican society. The Prince of Wales will become head of a nation which is multi-denominational.
“The Prince has said that he wants to be seen as a defender of all religious faiths and not just the Anglican church but the Coronation is an Anglican ceremony. Any change would require legislation.”
Professor Bogdanor said that after the Coronation, which will take place at Westminster Abbey, it was plausible that a second service would be held for other denominations and faiths, such as the Muslims and Hindus. “It would be a way of the new King showing their importance in the country,” said Prof Bogdanor.
As part of the birthday celebrations the Queen last night hosted a drinks party, concert by the Philharmonia Orchestra, and dinner at Buckingham Palace. Among the guests were thought to be Rod Stewart, the musician, who is providing the Cabaret at a party hosted by the Duchess of Cornwall at Highgrove on Saturday night for 200 friends. Griff Rhys-Jones, the comedian, was also expected to attend.
Prince William, Prince Harry and all leading members of the Royal Family were at the dinner of venison and salmon from the Queen’s Balmoral estate. Leading members of the European Royal Families were also on the guest list.
They included Crown Prince Frederick and Princess Mary of Denmark, Crown Prince Felipe and Princess Matilda of Belgium, the King and Queen of Sweden, the Queen and Crown Prince of Norway. Constantine, the exiled King of Greece, who is a close friend of the Prince, was also at the palace last night.
Clarence House issued an official portrait to mark his birthday. He is wearing the ceremonial uniform of the Welsh Guards, minus the headdress. The Prince, who has been Colonel of the Welsh Guards since 1975, wears the uniform every year for the Trooping the Colour ceremony which marks the Queen’s official birthday. It was taken at Clarence House by Hugo Burnand who took the official photographs at his marriage to the Duchess of Cornwall in Windsor in 2005.