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Canadian PM: Catholic should be allowed to be monarch

October 14, 2011

Prime Minister Stephen Harper supports proposed reforms that would permit a Catholic to become king or queen of the United Kingdom, spokesman Andrew MacDougall said. The monarch of the United Kingdom is Canada’s head of state.

In 2008, Autumn Kelly, a Canadian Catholic, renounced her faith and converted to Anglicanism when she married Peter Phillips, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson. By doing so, she allowed him to remain eleventh in the line of succession.


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  • Posted by: Mike in Toronto - Oct. 14, 2011 7:40 PM ET USA

    Although the Queen is in fact the "monarch of the United Kingdom", she is not Canada's head of state in that role; she is s head of state as "Queen of Canada" (see