Does the British Royal Family Go to Church?

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Queen Elizabeth has the title ‘Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England,’ a distinction that dates back to King Henry VIII. The Queen received this special title during her coronation ceremony in 1953.

Anyone who watched Prince William and Kate Middleton get married knows that it was a formal affair in a church. Same goes for the gorgeous May day when Prince Harry wed Meghan Markle. In the royal family, there’s no such thing as beach weddings or running to the courthouse to get hitched quickly.

Members Of The Royal Family Attend St Mary Magdalene Church In Sandringham Chris Jackson Getty Images
Members Of The Royal Family Attend St Mary Magdalene Church In Sandringham Chris Jackson Getty Images

But what about other times of the year? Does the British royal family attend church every week?

What religion is the British royal family?
Most members of the royal family belong to belong to the Church of England, a Protestant Anglican denomination that royals have associated with since the 1500s. Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton were both officially baptized into the church prior to their weddings. While this step isn’t required and royal heirs can marry anyone they wish, it was most likely appreciated by the Queen.

Queen Elizabeth Murray Sanders WPA Pool Getty Images
Queen Elizabeth Murray Sanders WPA Pool Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth doesn’t get involved in political matters as a rule. But she does deeply involve herself in the church, influencing policy and appointing bishops, archbishops, deacons, and clergy. Her religious life is extremely important to her.

What church do British royals attend?

What church do British royals attend?

SOURCE: CHEATSHEET