King Charles makes dramatic change to Royal Family's official prayers 'In the first Year of Our Reign'

King Charles made a dramatic change, by Royal Warrant, to the official prayers of the British Royal Family in the Church of England

King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort waves as they leave Dunfermline Abbey, after a visit to mark its 950th anniversary, and after attending a meeting at the City Chambers in Dunfermline where the King formally marked the conferral of city status on the former town on October 3, 2022 in Dunfermline, Scotland.
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King Charles made a dramatic change to Royal Family's official prayers as he settles into his new role as the head of the Royal Family. 


It's clear that the new head of the Royal Family has hit the ground running, taking to his duties as monarch with the alacrity of someone who's been waiting his whole life for this moment. As the official photo of King Charles, Camilla Queen Consort, and the Prince and Princess of Wales shows - it's straight to work for the British monarchy.

One of the many hats worn by King Charles is the head of the Church of England and the London Gazette (opens in new tab)reports that long-existing prayers for the Royal Family were changed by Royal Warrant on September 17, 2022.

The important and notable alterations were registered by King Charles at the Court at Saint James’s and are submitted under the listing, “In the first Year of Our Reign.”

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales reads the Queen's speech

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The Royal Warrant reads, “That in every prayer for or referring to Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and contained in any form of service authorized for use in the Church of England instead of the word ‘Queen’ the word ‘King’, instead of the word ‘Elizabeth’ the word ‘Charles’ and instead of the words ‘Sovereign Lady’ the words ‘Sovereign Lord’ be inserted."

These edits will also include reference to Camilla, the Queen Consort. “That in every prayer for the Royal Family contained in any form of service authorized for use in the Church of England, instead of the words ‘Philip Duke of Edinburgh, Charles Prince of Wales,’ the words ‘Camilla the Queen Consort, William Prince of Wales, the Princess of Wales’ be inserted."

All pronouns ‘She’ and ‘Her’ will be made as will, "by those alterations be rendered necessary.”

Buckingham Palace have yet to confirm when King Charles' coronation ceremony will be it's expected that the ceremony will take place in the spring or summer of 2023. Although King Charles III will break royal tradition with the coronation ceremony - some old habits die hard. King Charles III's coronation ceremony could feature £3.5 billion worth of jewels, which sounds very regal to us!

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