When Prince William and Kate Middleton walk down the aisle at Westminster Abbey on Friday, Britain’s unique and historic ties between church and state will be on full display.

Some here think — even hope — the royal wedding could also be the last powerful stroll for church and state in this increasingly secular country.

As the Dean of Westminster, the Very Rev. John Hall, and Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams prepare to conduct and solemnize the wedding of the century, both Christians and prominent and powerful nonbelievers are raising their voices and demanding the disestablishment the Church of England that has dominated religious life here for centuries.

In a special message issued for the royal nuptials, Williams underscored the historic ties between the church and state in England.

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