...By Enitan Thompson for TDPel Media.
Canada has changed King Charles’s official royal title by axing four crucial words and removing any mention of the UK in the latest version.
Canada is one of the 14 states outside of Britain where King Charles is head of state.
The government bill passed on Wednesday states that Canada will no longer include the phrase “Defender of the Faith” and will also delete any reference to the UK in King Charles’s official royal title.
His new title will be “Charles the Third, by the Grace of God King of Canada and His other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth.”
Tradition and Significance
The term “Defender of the Faith” has been bestowed on every monarch since Henry VIII, who was given the honour by the Pope 502 years ago.
Richard Deacon, retired Archdeacon of the Diocese of Saskatoon, commented, “I think it is very significant.
It’s a historic departure from tradition.”
Annie Cullinan, director of communications for the King’s Privy Council in Canada, said that the decision to modernize the title was made to bring Canada in line with other Commonwealth countries, including Australia.
King Charles’s coronation is just weeks away, and Prince Harry has confirmed that he will attend his father’s coronation.
Negotiations with the Royal Family
Earlier this week, a close friend of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stated that they “did not achieve what they wanted” during negotiations with the Royal Family.
They told People about Harry’s decision, stating, “At this point, it’s become so personal.”
The friend added that Meghan and Harry did not get what they wanted, but the Duke of Sussex still wanted to support King Charles, saying, “Maybe what they wanted wasn’t achieved, but at the end of the day, he’s going there to support his dad.”