Charles III must accept the withdrawal of the title in Canada shortly before the coronation

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From: Annemarie Goebel

Canada removes crucial parts of King Charles’ title shortly before his coronation, as does Australia, apparently to accommodate modernization.

Ottawa – Across the Commonwealth, the call for republicanism is growing louder. Barbados was the last country to depose the Queen as head of state 18 months ago, thus leaving the Commonwealth of Nations. Now Canada are following Australia to decide the title King Charles III (74) to adjust. And that’s only two weeks until the coronation.

Part of Charles III’s official title, “Defender of the Faith”, is lost

Similar to Australia, Canada is a member of the Commonwealth and retains King Charles III. further as ceremonial head of state. However, a recent change to the law introduced by the ruling Liberal Party led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (51) in the Canadian Parliament means the British monarch will now have an updated title. The phrase “Defender of the Faith” is no longer included in the official address.

The bill also removed the mention of the United Kingdom in its official royal title in Canada. Was the late Queen (96, † 2022) known in Canada as “Queen Elizabeth II, by the grace of God from the United KingdomCanada and her other realms and territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith‘, King Charles loses the parts ‘Defender of the Faith’ and ‘of the United Kingdom’. Its simpler title is therefore: “Charles III, by the grace of God, King of Canada and of its other realms and territories, Head of the Commonwealth”.

Australia remains a monarchy

Hundreds of opponents of the monarchy demonstrated in Australia to draw attention to the effects of British colonialism. Former colonies which have deposed the British monarch as head of state may remain members of the Commonwealth.

In a referendum in 1999, Australians voted nearly 55% to retain the monarchy. At the time, the fact that supporters of the republic were divided on whether Australia should keep its parliamentary system of government or introduce a presidential system modeled on that of the United States played into the hands of the royal family. British.

The title change is intended to reflect the idea of ​​”modernization”.

Annie Cullinan, director of communications for the King’s Privy Council in Canada, believes the decision is a necessary change to show the modernization of the monarch’s role in the 21st century: “As we prepare for the coronation of the new monarch, a decision has been taken have come together to modernize the title to bring Canada in line with other Commonwealth countries, including Australia,” she told Canadian broadcaster CBC.

Queen Elizabeth II and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had a very warm relationship.  King Charles III faces the collapse of the Commonwealth (photomontage).
Queen Elizabeth II and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had a very warm relationship. King Charles III faces the collapse of the Commonwealth (photomontage). © Matt Dunham/dpa & Stefan Rousseau/dpa

Australia had already removed ‘Defender of the Faith’ and references to the UK from Charles’ title following the Queen’s death in September 2022. Canada’s decision to also change the official form of the King’s address comes amid renewed calls for republicanism across the Commonwealth. Charles’ updated title isn’t the only change visible from the reign of Elizabeth II. In February, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) announced that the new Monarch will not appear on the Australian $5 note like Elizabeth II. Sources used:

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