A title conferred on Henry VIII by Pope Leo X in 1521. It was recognized by Parliament as an official title of the English monarch in 1544, and has been borne by all subsequent sovereigns.
- What France didn't have was a Defender of the Faith; it didn't have a Henry.
- For instance the ceremony surrounding the opening of parliament involves the Defender of the Faith but does that really influence the democracy itself?
- The king continued to have only one title everywhere - ‘of Great Britain, Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the Seas, King, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India’.
Translation of Latin Fidei Defensor.
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