King Charles tells religious leaders at Buckingham Palace: 'I will protect the space for faith'

King Charles today affirmed his commitment to his role as a religious leader, saying his work must include 'protecting the space for faith itself'. The newly crowned

Monarch, who as King is now the head of the Church of England, also said it was his 'duty to protect the diversity of our country'. He made the comments during a reception

with 30 religious leaders from various faiths at Bucking Palace on Friday.   During the reception, he said he valued differences which people live by, adding: 'I have always

thought of Britain as a "community of communities". 'That has led me to understand that the Sovereign has an additional duty - less formally recognised but to be no less

diligently discharged. 'It is the duty to protect the diversity of our country, including by protecting the space for faith itself and its practise through the religions,

cultures, traditions and beliefs to which our hearts and minds direct us as individuals.' The King told the reception in the Bow Room at Buckingham Palace how much their

words of condolence meant to him after the death of his mother the Queen last week. He added: 'I also wanted, before all of you today, to confirm my determination to carry

out my responsibilities as Sovereign of all communities around this country and the Commonwealth and in a way which reflects the world in which we now live.' Charles said

his own Christian beliefs 'have love at their very heart' and that they 'bound' him to respect those following other religious paths. He said: 'As a member of the Church of

England, my Christian beliefs have love at their very heart.