King Charles’ coronation day leaves ‘room for change’ says expert
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Royal sources have previously stated in the past that King Charles’s crowning was “deliberately been kept quite unplanned to ensure it can best reflect the climate at the time at which it happens”. Buckingham Palace has also not confirmed the members of the coronation committee yet, but Telegraph sources have reported that the new Prince of Wales will ensure the upcoming coronation will not feature any “archaic”, “feudal” and “imperial” elements.
King Charles’s coronation is set to be held next year on Saturday, May 6, eight months after the death of Queen Elizabeth, who died last month on September 8.
The birthday of Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, the son of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, also falls on the same day, and it is currently unknown if the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will attend the ceremony.
When announcing the date of the ceremony, Buckingham Palace said: “The coronation will reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future while being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry.”
King Charles III will be crowned alongside his wife Queen Consort Camilla at Westminster Abby, following the tradition of other Queen Consorts, as Queen Mother Elizabeth was the last woman to hold the title when she was crowned in 1937.
It has been reported that the new Queen will unlikely take an active role in planning the ceremony unlike the last consort, Prince Philip, who helped plan the 1953 coronation of Queen Elizabeth.
Prince William will be the first heir of over three generations to be an adult during a monarch’s crowning, as King Charles was four years old when Queen Elizabeth was crowned, while Her Majesty was 11 years old when her father George VI had his coronation.
It is expected that Prince Williams will have an advisory position on the coronation committee, and will likely take part in the ceremony alongside his wife Kate Middleton, however, it has not yet been confirmed by Buckingham Palace.
The Telegraph has reported that discussions are currently being held to ensure how the ceremony can be modernised and shortened.
Any planning for the coronation will be informed by constitutional experts, including the University College London’s Constitution Unit which is set to publish a paper on their recommendations for the ceremony.
The report will suggest the crowning be “royal wedding-sized” with guests likely to be only 2,000 compared to the 8,000 people who attended the ceremony of Queen Elizabeth in 1953.
Dr Bob Harris, part of the Constitution Unit, writes: “The UK no longer has the capacity to mount anything like this spectacle, nor should it do so in straitened times.
“The next coronation will inevitably be smaller.”
The paper also states that the recent Brexit and Scottish Independence referendums in the last few years will add pressures on the monarchy to be a symbol of national unity.
The coronation ceremony will have to balance showcasing Britain as a union while also reducing any Imperial associations, in order to acknowledge that the country is no longer a “truly international power”.
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A royal source has said: “It’s a balancing act between the desire to make sure it has tradition, ceremony, pomp and pageantry, but reflecting that we are in a slightly different age from the last coronation in 1953.”
Other modern elements likely to be seen in the ceremony is that the event will only be one or two hours, while Queen Elizabeth’s coronation was four hours long.
The velvet chairs that were made for Queen Elizabeth’s crowning will also likely to replaces with simpler seats, and peers will wear suits rather than the traditional coronation robes.
The Government has also said a bank holiday was currently “under consideration” while another source stated it was “likely but not guaranteed”.
Another source reported by the Daily Mail said the ceremony will include the same core features of traditional coronations but will also recognise the “spirits of our times” and is likely to be “smaller and simpler”.
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