Carnelian, I’m not an athiest so don’t share your opinions on religion but I can see that there comes a point when tradition might be viewed as archaic and antiquated.
Thanks Yogi, I've liked your reply. Although an atheist, I respect that people have faith and that while a faith in a god or gods cannot be proven false, the idea of elevating a mortal political figure such as a monarch as above God as the C of E does seems a nationalist and political perversion of Christianity and incredibly oppressive ....
However, I'm not stupid nor strident enough to assert that people of the C of E faith really do think the Queen has an elevated status in their god's plan. They just see it as a harmless tradition and a continuity of part of our nation's culture.
I appreciate that in the modern UK those who define themselves as C of E, don't see the monarch in the spiritually elevated way Henry VIII intended so it's really the principle of the thing.
I doubt the Queen nor anyone in the royal family really sees themselves elevated as closer to God than their 'subjects'.
So that considered, I think a conversion to the C of E is rather unnecessary and backward. Today, no one really agrees with the premise of the C of E having the monarch elevated over the Christian God, even the Queen (probably).