His Majesty King Charles III to be patron of Church Army

We are delighted to announce that His Majesty King Charles III is to become patron to Church Army UK & Ireland, continuing many years of patronage by the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom. 

The announcement marks the first anniversary of Charles and Camilla’s coronation in May 2023. Church Army is one of more than a thousand charities to receive news of patronage this month.

His Majesty King Charles III

A committed Anglican

Addressing faith leaders in September 2022, King Charles said: “I am a committed Anglican Christian, and at my coronation I will take an oath relating to the settlement of the Church of England. At my accession, I have already solemnly given – as has every sovereign over the last 300 years – an oath which pledges to maintain and preserve the protestant faith in Scotland.” And at his Coronation he promised to “maintain the Laws of God and the true profession of the gospel.”

Significant decision

Responding to the news, Peter Rouch, CEO of Church Army says: ‘For many years Church Army UK & Ireland has been honoured by the patronage of the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom. The firm Christian faith of Queen Elizabeth II was an explicit dimension of her years of service, which I know was appreciated by many around the world. 

‘In the midst of many demands and in the context of a changing world this is a decision of some significance for us. I believe it reflects the breadth of impact of our mission, its benefit to society at large, and the centrality of the Christian faith in our continuing wellbeing across these islands. 

‘We are delighted to hear this news, and I invite you to join me in prayers for King Charles and Queen Camilla, for health, wisdom and fulfilment in all that they do in service that touches not only the UK but also the flourishing of those of other nations and allegiances.’


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