THE HOMAGE

THE PROMISE OF FEALTY

The Archbishop shall first ascend the steps of the Throne and kneel down before her Majesty, and the rest of the Bishops shall kneel in their places: and they shall do their Fealty together, for the shortening of the ceremony: and the Archbishop, placing his hands between the Queen's shall say:  

I, Geoffrey, Archbishop of Canterbury, [and so every one of the rest, I, N. Bishop of N., repeating the rest audibly after the Archbishop] will be faithful and true, and faith and truth will bear unto you, our Sovereign Lady, Queen of this Realm and Defender of the Faith, and unto your heirs and successors according to law. So help me God.  

Then shall the Archbishop kiss the Queen's right hand.  After which the Duke of Edinburgh shall ascend the steps of the Throne, and having taken off his coronet, shall kneel down before her Majesty, and placing his hands between the Queen's shall pronounce the words of Homage, saying:  

I, Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, do become your liege man of life and limb, and of earthly worship; and faith and truth will I bear unto you, to live and die, against all manner of folks.  So help me God.

  And arising, he shall touch the Crown upon her Majesty's head and kiss her Majesty's left cheek.