King Charles told to ‘tread carefully’ over Coronation culture war

King Charles’ coronation date leaves ‘room for change’ says expert

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King Charles III must “tread carefully” at his Coronation to avoid the ceremony being derailed by culture wars, a royal expert has said. Royal commentator Hannah Furness warned that the new monarch could be “blighted by a Coronation for the age of the culture wars”. But she said that King Charles will be well placed to manage this, writing in the Telegraph: “There are few people more capable of navigating it.

“His long-standing passions for once-outlandish causes that are now mainstream – the environment, single-use plastics, heritage crafts, interfaith dialogue – make him as well-placed as anyone to sense where to draw the line.

“And he, or rather his team, have already made a start.”

Speaking about the coronation, which is set to take place on May 6, a source told the Telegraph: “Everyone involved in planning this will be looking out for bear traps.

“They will be aware of what it all looks like. Anything with deep historical and religious significance will be incorporated, but nothing else is on or off the table.”

Another said the ceremony had “deliberately been kept quite unplanned to ensure it can best reflect the climate at the time at which it happens.”

They added: “There will be people in the Palace who are acutely aware of wanting to reflect tradition whilst being sensitive to the issues around today.

“The general culture of pomp and circumstance which surrounds a coronation will need to be in tune with the times.”

The Palace said the ceremony will be “rooted in long-standing traditions and pageantry” but will also “reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future”.

Earlier this week it was revealed that plans for the Queen Consort to wear a diamond-encrusted crown at the Coronation may be shelved as it could bring back “painful memories” of colonialism.

A spokesman for Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party said this week: “The Coronation of Camilla and the use of the crown jewel Koh-i-Noor brings back painful memories of the colonial past.

“Most Indians have very little memory of the oppressive past.

“Five to six generations of Indians suffered under multiple foreign rules for over five centuries.

“Recent occasions, like Queen Elizabeth II’s death, the coronation of the new Queen Camilla and the use of the Koh-i-noor does transport a few Indians back to the days of the British Empire in India.”

King Charles III is reportedly planning a smaller coronation ceremony, amid the national cost of living crisis.

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It also reflects his vision for a wider “slimmed down monarchy”.

The King has expressed a wish that his service is considered “good value”, sources told the Telegraph.

The service will reportedly be “far shorter” than Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, which went on for three hours, partly because of the new King’s age.

A Coronation Committee, made up of privy counsellors, will be appointed to arrange the ceremony.

Royal commentator Camilla Tominey said that Charles’ vision for a “slimmed-down monarchy” is an attempt to promote his image as a “frugal” monarch.

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