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Christian MP reflects on Accession Council and role God plays in the life of the new King

by Sophie Drew

A Christian MP, who attended the Accession Council for King Charles III, has reflected on the role God plays in these traditional ceremonies.

Whilst the monarch was already named King following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, the service gives further clarity, and allows politicians and church leaders to bear witness.

The ceremony – which was televised for the first time in history – was heavily faith-based.

Not only did he keenly assert the independence of the Church of Scotland – a tradition that stems back hundreds of years – but the fact that the monarch was only acceding the throne by the ‘grace of God’ was heavily emphasised.

Sir Desmond Swayne, MP for New Forest West, and Christian, was pleased that the Church still plays such a significant role in royal occasions.

He told Premier: “That's why, even if you aren't of a particularly religious disposition, it is important to have been grounded in the fundamentals of the faith, because it is so integral to our Constitution.

“The King is King by the grace of God.

“He's the head of the established Church of England, but also has, as we've seen this morning, a profound role in the Church of Scotland.

“Our bishops sit and legislate in the House of Lords. It's woven into one language.”

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