(from the Order of Service for the Coronation)
The Queen having returned to her Chair, (her Majesty having
already on Tuesday, the 4th day of November, 1952, in the presence
of the two Houses of Parliament, made and signed the Declaration
prescribed by Act of Parliament), the Archbishop standing before
her shall administer the Coronation Oath, first asking the Queen,
Madam, is your Majesty willing to take the Oath?
And the Queen answering,
I am willing.
The Archbishop shall minister these questions; and the Queen,
having a book in her hands, shall answer each question severally
Archbishop. Will you solemnly promise and swear to govern
the Peoples of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern
Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Union of South Africa,
Pakistan, and Ceylon, and of your Possessions and the other Territories
to any of them belonging or pertaining, according to their respective
laws and customs?
Queen. I solemnly promise so to do.
Archbishop. Will you to your power cause Law and Justice,
in Mercy, to be executed in all your judgements?
Queen. I will.
Archbishop. Will you to the utmost of your power maintain
the Laws of God and the true profession of the Gospel? Will you
to the utmost of your power maintain in the United Kingdom the
Protestant Reformed Religion established by law? Will you maintain
and preserve inviolably the settlement of the Church of England,
and the doctrine, worship, discipline, and government thereof,
as by law established in England? And will you preserve unto the
Bishops and Clergy of England, and to the Churches there committed
to their charge, all such rights and privileges, as by law do
or shall appertain to them or any of them?
Queen. All this I promise to do.
Then the Queen arising out of her Chair, supported as before,
the Sword of State being carried before her, shall go to the Altar,
and make her solemn Oath in the sight of all the people to observe
the premisses: laying her right hand upon the Holy Gospel in the
great Bible (which was before carried in the procession and is
now brought from the Altar by the Arch-bishop, and tendered to
her as she kneels upon the steps), and saying these words:
The things which I have here before promised, I will perform and
keep. So help me God.
Then the Queen shall kiss the Book and sign the Oath.
The Queen having thus taken her Oath shall return again to her
Chair, and the Bible shall be delivered to the Dean of Westminster.
(Source: The Official
Web Site of the British Monarchy)