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Old 09-19-2017, 10:37 PM
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In Spain it is well known that Queen Sofia is a deeply religious person. Queen Letizia on the other hand is not and has instead been described as an atheist - who as part of her royal role does attend church services at the expected occasions.
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Old 09-19-2017, 10:55 PM
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From the Dutch royals we know that as Queen, now Princess Beatrix, did attend services in the Kloosterkerk in The Hague but we have almost or never seen a picture of that. King Willem-Alexander and his family use the village church in Wassenaar but we have almost or never seen a picture of that. From King Willem-Alexander is known that his "confirmation class" of almost 35 years ago still regularly meets together to discuss the Bible, religion and related subjects together with the reverend minister of the royal family (who married him, who buried his father, etc.).
It isn't Willem-Alexander's confirmation class that is still meeting (monthly), but a group of 12 friends (from his time as a student at Leiden University). The others that professed their faith (which is a more literal translation of the Dutch reformed terminology) on March 23 1997 in the Kloosterkerk didn't know that the Prince of Orange would be among them until the day before (as I've been told by the wife of one of the others). The current king was confirmed at the age of 29. As it traditionally was more or less expected at the age of 18, it is clear that it was his own decision and not something he did just to meet the expectations (which, however, doesn't mean that he is a regular churchgoer).

I don't think we've heard about his brothers or cousins professing their faith - which might have happened, but within the Nederlands Hervormde Kerk (and now Protestant Church of the Netherlands) it is not a requirement for having your children christened, so we can't deduce it from that either.
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Is Princess Tatiana of Greece a member of the Greek Orthodox church?

The Princess was born in Caracas, Venezuela which is predominately Catholic and wondered if she converted upon marriage.
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Old 11-02-2017, 05:22 PM
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Yes, I think I remember reading at the time of the wedding that Tatiana converted to Orthodoxy, as did her sister-in-law the former Marie Chantal Miller.

The Orthodox religion is much less relaxed than the Roman Catholic Church about performing mixed marriages(marriages between people of different faiths).

According to her memoirs, Queen Noor(the former Lisa Halaby)came from an Episcopalian background but did not attend church and if I remember correctly had never even been christened. Therefore it was not as difficult for her to embrace Islam when she married King Hussein as it might have been otherwise.
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King George III of England's religious faith and practice existed holistically. Church on Sunday was meant to be part of a piety that permeated his thoughts, feelings, and actions throughout the week.

King Henry II of England frequently missed church services. When he did attend church, he spent his time sketching and chatting with his courtiers.
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The practice of one's faith is between you and your God. We don't know how often the members of the BRF attend church because there are Chapels and Chaplains all over the different palaces etc. I was surprised that Meghan chose to be baptised into the Anglican faith as she was Episcopalian. But perhaps it was only nominally so. But still it was a choice she didn't have to make.
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The practice of one's faith is between you and your God. We don't know how often the members of the BRF attend church because there are Chapels and Chaplains all over the different palaces etc. I was surprised that Meghan chose to be baptised into the Anglican faith as she was Episcopalian. But perhaps it was only nominally so. But still it was a choice she didn't have to make.
Meghan wasn't a member of an Episcopalian church as she was never baptized. And if the Episcopalian church indeed was her background (something that hasn't been confirmed), being baptized in the Anglican church was the most logical thing uo do as the Church of England and the Episcopalian church are all part of the Anglican community.
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The point I was somewhat clumsily trying to make was that there was no requirement for Meghan to do anything at all. I thought it spoke volumes that she made that choice to spend the time with the Archbishop in preparation classes for both her Baptism and Confirmation.

It seems to me more like a choice of faith rather than the prevalent attitude of just "getting the baby done" and having a big Christening event as both her baptism and confirmation were done privately with only Harry and her future Mother and Father-in-law as witnesses.
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The point I was somewhat clumsily trying to make was that there was no requirement for Meghan to do anything at all. I thought it spoke volumes that she made that choice to spend the time with the Archbishop in preparation classes for both her Baptism and Confirmation.

It seems to me more like a choice of faith rather than the prevalent attitude of just "getting the baby done" and having a big Christening event as both her baptism and confirmation were done privately with only Harry and her future Mother and Father-in-law as witnesses.
Thanks for the clarification. Your previous message suggested to me that you thought that there was a huge difference between the Episcopalian church and the Anglican church and that, therefore, it was really strange that she decided to become a formal member of the Church of England by baptism and confirmation. While both the American Episcopalian church and the CoE are part of the same Anglican community.

Nonetheless, while it might not have been a formal requirement for Meghan to join the CoE, I am sure it was expected of her as she wished to marry one of the more senior royals (a son of the future king) - just like it was expected of Catherine that she was confirmed before marrying William.
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