George VII, By the Grace of God King and Defender of Nature
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That is to be his mission.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, The Daily Telegraph botches its mocking objection when it says:
‘As heir to the throne Prince Charles will one day be given the title Defender of Faith’.
No he won’t.
He will be given the title ‘Defender of the Faith’.
That faith being the Protestant Reformed Religion established by law.
The title ‘Defender of the Faith’ (Fidei Defensor) was bestowed upon King Henry VIII by Pope Leo X in 1521, as a reward for his pamphlet Assertio septem sacramentorum adversus Martinum Lutherum (‘Declaration of the Seven Sacraments Against Martin Luther’). When Henry VIII broke with the papacy, Pope Paul III deprived him of this designation, but the title was restored to King Edward VI (and his successors) by Parliament in 1544 in recognition of the Monarch’s role as Supreme Governor of the Church of England.
So, the Pope originally bestowed the title ‘Defender of the Faith’ upon England’s king.
Parliament bestows it upon the Queen of the United Kingdom.
By what authority is Charles made ‘Defender of Nature’?