Sunday, January 17, 1999 Published at 05:06 GMT
Charles 'plans coronation overhaul'
Prince Charles in Swaziland: His coronation could be radical
The coronation of Prince Charles is being planned as a multi-faith ceremony, it has been reported.
A consultation group on church-state relations, which has been meeting in Sheffield for almost a year, has on its agenda a plan for a coronation involving leaders of non-Christian faiths, says the report.
But senior Church of England sources said the group is a private one, with no official standing.
The former Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend David Jenkins, a member of the group, said that the next reign should begin not with a coronation, but with a secular ceremony involving contributions from all faiths.
Church sources said this was his personal view and that there are at the moment no official plans of any kind to draw up a new coronation service.
BBC correspondent Alex Kirby says it is clear that there will be some changes when the next monarch is crowned, but it is far from clear what sort of changes they will be.
The Prince of Wales has made clear he wants to be the "defender of faith" rather than "defender of the faith".