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Tuesday, 7 February 2012

8 February 2012 - 60th Anniversary of the Monarch's Scottish Oath

Text of the the oath sworn by the new monarch at the Accession Council on 8 February 1952 as required by the Acts of Union of 1707.

‘I, Elizabeth the Second (sic) by the Grace of God of Great Britain, Ireland and the British dominions beyond the seas, Queen, Defender of the Faith, do faithfully promise and swear that I shall inviolably maintain and preserve the Settlement of the True Protestant Religion as established by the laws of Scotland in prosecution of the Claim of Right and particularly an Act entituled an Act for the Securing the Protestant Religion and Presbyterian Church Government and by the Acts passed in both Kingdoms for the Union of the two Kingdoms, together with the Government, Worship, Discipline, Rights and Privileges of the Church of Scotland’. (National Archives of Scotland 1952 37(3) 496/4 Scottish Home Department 11 February. Certified copy).
Is this not a manifestation of religious sectarianism at the highest level of Scottish society that requires removal by appropriate amendments of the Acts of Union?