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April 27, 2011

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Hypatia

Thanks for that link. If you follow it all the way, however, it links to a Telegraph article that says Middleton was baptized in the C of E and has just been confirmed.

If the monarch is Defender of the Faith then it does make things a lot simpler if s/he's not seeming to have to defend it in his own family. However, if in future the question does arise, I have a feeling they'll waive the requirement.

Jimmy

Middleton is an arch example of UK 'shire christianity'- christianity as a social practice amongst the well-off Home County middle classes. Baptism and wedding in a country church (quite a big one in Middleton's case) because it's always been the done thing. But beyond that...?

As for the Catholicism and the House of Lords? I'm fairly certain that the prohibition on a Catholic succession will be dropped soon- David Cameron's government is talking about it. Apparently it's a bit tricky, because it involves changing the constitutional arrangements of every Commonwealth country with the British monarchy as head of state.

As for the House of Lords, the body is of such marginal legislative significance that the presence of the Bishops is not seen as a big deal by most. There are those calling for a fully elected House of Lords, but I reckon this might be a bit longer in coming as it would involve more complex questions of constitutional reform.

In both cases, anachronistic manifestations of state as church. Which is ironic, as the UK is such a secular place.

John Petty

Hi Jimmy, "anachronistic" is the way it strikes me too, which is indeed ironic, as you noted. Oh well, people who don't approve of the very idea of royalty still watch the royal wedding.

John Petty

Hypatia, she must not have been a very active Anglican if she's only being confirmed now.

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