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Skip to 0 minutes and 18 seconds A good illustration of what I mean about how the Church of England has played a role in promoting diversity is the way that, for instance, the ceremonies that I referred to a minute ago, for instance, take place in Westminster Abbey, national kind of church.

Skip to 0 minutes and 44 seconds Traditionally, of course, they’ve just been Anglican, sometimes Christian. But now, some of them involve the participation of Muslim imams, of Jewish rabbis, and of Hindu clergy. And there’s some speculation at the moment as to whether this will be the case in relation to the coronation. Our Queen, of course, is in her 90s, so she clearly won’t live forever. So in the next few years, we may well have another monarch to be received, to have a crown put on their head. Up to now, for the last 500 years, this has been done by the leading archbishops of the Church of England.

Skip to 1 minute and 35 seconds But there is some discussion both within and beyond the church about how this can be done in a multi-faith way for the first time, how to bring the other faiths into participation in the ceremony in some way or another. No one’s decided whether this will happen. But it’s interesting that Prince Charles himself has let it be known that he’d much rather have a multi-faith reception rather than just a Church of England installation.

Governing religious diversity in Britain: good practices

In this video, Tariq Modood illustrates how the Church of England has itself supported openness and the inclusion of other religious leaders in state ceremonies.

National ceremonies taking place in the Westminster Abbey have already at times included religious leaders from other denominations and religions such as Muslim Imams, Jewish Rabbis, or Hindu clergy. It could well be that in a near future coronation of a new King the ceremony would have a multi-faith setting rather than just being presided by the leading archbishops of the Church of England.

This is a good example of how the religious diversity of a given country can be incorporated into the state ceremonies in a positive, inclusive manner.

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