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The evolution of the accession and coronation oaths
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This chapter examines the evolution and development of the accession and coronation oaths of the monarchs of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and then variously 'Ireland' and 'Northern Ireland'. It raises some issues about their continuing relevance in the twenty-first century and the need publicly and fundamentally to reassess them and evaluate their continuing suitability for the contemporary era. The coronation oaths are required by the Coronation Oath Act of 1688, the Act of Settlement of 1701 and the Accession Declaration Act of 1910. Unlike the declaration of Protestant faith, another early requirement for action by a new monarch, the oath for 'the security of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland' required by the Acts of Union of 1706-1707 has remained unchanged. The religions of the non-Christian populations in the dominions, India and the colonies were not of such a great concern.

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Monarchy, religion and the state

Civil religion in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and the Commonwealth

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