Charles III, Defender of the Faith – The Gilmer Mirror

By James A. Marples

With the passing of Queen Elizabeth II and the pomp and pageantry surrounding her funeral, it is rare for a new British monarch to be proclaimed. His eldest son, Charles III is called “Charles III, by the grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and its other realms and territories, King, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith “. The original Latin phrase Fidei Defensor reflects the sovereign position as head of the Church of England. The original Defender of the Faith designation was granted to James VI in 1507 by Pope Julius II. It was later granted by King Henry VIII by another pope. The phrase is seen on modern British coins bearing “FID DEF”. I am happy that King Charles III made an effort to say that Christianity plays a fundamental role in his life. The King of Scotland is the Hereditary Grand Master of the Royal Order of Scotland, for whom at every meeting of the Order, wherever held, a vacant chair is left for him to occupy if he wishes. . I had the privilege of being made a member of the Royal Order of Scotland, an order by invitation, 28 years ago. It was a proud moment with a lot of solemnity and reminders of the former Scottish King Robert-le-Bruce. All members must be Trinitarian Christians. Loyalty transcends generations. May God save the king.

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