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The Sovereign and the Church

Vernon Bogdanor

in The Monarchy and the Constitution

Published in print November 1997 | ISBN: 9780198293347
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598821 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198293348.003.0009
The Sovereign and the Church

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The Church of England and the Church of Scotland (a Presbyterian church) are both established churches, and the sovereign enjoys a special relationship with each. She is under a statutory duty to maintain and preserve the two churches, which are national churches. In Wales and Northern Ireland, there is no established church, and there is no established church in any other member state of the Commonwealth. `Establishment’ is not, however, a very precise term, and the sovereign's relations with the established churches in England and Scotland are very different. Disestablishment of the Church of England is once again a lively political issue as it was for much of the nineteenth century.

Keywords: Church of England; Church of Scotland; Commonwealth; constitution; constitutional monarchy; disestablishment; national church; Northern Ireland; Wales

Chapter.  10104 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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