What religion is the Royal Family and what is the Church of England? – The Sun | The Sun

THE Church of England has been ingrained into the fabric of British history for almost 500 years.

Here, we look at how the Church was started and if the Royal Family still follow the religion.

What religion is the Royal Family?

Religion is an important part of the history of the Royal Family, and both King Charles III and his late mother Queen Elizabeth II have mentioned this during public addresses.

Britain's presiding monarch is the head of the Church of England and all members of the Royal Family are Christened into the Church of England, which is a Protestant strain of Christianity.

King Charles is the head of the church ,and the Defender of the Faith.

During her 1953 Coronation, the late Queen Elizabeth II was anointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury and took an oath to "maintain and preserve inviolably the settlement of the Church of England".



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The Queen professed a personal Christian faith in her Christmas speeches.

Can the royals marry outside the Church of England?

Because the Royal Family is so tied to the Church of England, there are very strict rules regarding religion.



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In 2015, a law came in that allowed a royal to marry a Roman Catholic.

New rules on royal succession were brought into play, which disregarded male bias and said a future leader could marry a Catholic.

However, the monarch themselves must have been raised as a follower of the Church of England.

The rules were rushed through Parliament in 2013, ahead of Prince George's birth, but didn't take effect for another two years.

What is the Church of England and when was it established?

Henry VIII established the Church of England in 1534, over a row with the Pope about his divorce from his first wife Catherine of Aragon.

The British king wanted the Pope to grant him an annulment, on the grounds that the marriage was illegal and incestuous because Catherine was the widow of his dead brother Arthur.

Because of this, and after a number of attempts from Henry to persuade him, he decided to split from Rome and form his own church.

He was the supreme leader of the Church of England and separated the country from papal religious authority.

When Henry's first born Mary I took to the throne, following her younger brother Edward VI's six-year reign, she was determined to make Britain Catholic again.

In just three years, she burned hundreds of Protestants at the stake – earning her the title of Bloody Mary.

Her fruitless hopes of reinstating the Catholic Church died with her in 1558.

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