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Call for Queen to lose title as head of Church

The UK Observer reported on Sunday that a major report due out in the next two weeks is recommending that the Queen should relinquish her title as head of the Church of England.

The Observer says the report proposes "the most radical changes since Henry VIII became head of the church in England". The paper claims the report is recommending that the Queen should become a head of state not committed to any particular religion.

The commission on the Future of the Monarchy was set up by the Fabian Society and the paper claims it "received the full co-operation of Buckingham Palace". The report is claimed to say that it does not want to see full disestablishment of the Church of England, but rather that it should lose its links to the monarchy.

The newspaper reports "senior figures within the Church are known to be sympathetic to the findings. The Bishop of Woolwich, Colin Buchanan, is believed to have told the commission that he agreed with the move. It is also thought that the Archbishop of Canterbury, wants to give the relationship between Church and monarchy a more 'modern' feel."

"Chaired by the barrister David Bean, the commission also includes Lord Waheed Alli, the high-flying Labour peer; Lord Kenneth Morgan, the constitutional historian; and Professor Dawn Oliver, constitutional law expert at University College, London.

"Prince Charles is known to be keen to modernise the monarchy and has spoken about being a 'defender of faiths' rather than the present oath which makes the monarch the 'Defender of the Faith' - Christianity."

Observer (UK)

16 Jun 2003