There are few if any concepts more alien to Brexit and its adherents than multiculturalism and that is likely to make for an interesting relationship between King Charles and Liz Truss.
When the Queen turned 80 in 2006, I wrote a piece for the Spectator that was – as its then editor Matthew d’Ancona can attest – impeccably sourced. I disclosed that the then Prince Charles wanted, after his coronation in Westminster Abbey, conducted as a Christian ceremony, a separate interdenominational ceremony at Westminster Hall in the Palace of Westminster. He was determined to make it clear that he was going to represent people of all religions. It was envisaged that this event would be held at a date some time after the formal coronation.
King Charles had told his biographer Jonathan Dimbleby in the 1994 television documentary Charles: The Private Man, The Public Role, that he wished to be seen as a “defender of faith” rather than “defender of the faith”, the form of words used since the time of Henry VIII.
Truss has, meanwhile, made it clear that her government intends to take an even harder line than Boris Johnson’s on immigration.