Dress-code, rituals, guests … How King Charles III is about to revolutionize his coronation

Prince Edward, King Charles III and his son, Prince William in front of St George’s Chapel. (United Kingdom, September 19, 2022.) POOL / REUTERS

the Sunday post has revealed, on 8 October, all the details of the king’s coronation, which will take place on 3 June 2023. The new ruler of the United Kingdom has chosen to break with his predecessors.

After Queen Elizabeth II’s death on 8 September, her eldest son, Prince Charles, succeeded her on the throne, becoming King Charles III. If the heir has since been officially proclaimed ruler of his country, during a ceremony at St. James’s Palace in London, the latter will not be crowned until June 3, 2023. Since the coronation is a joyful event, it cannot, for the English, which will take place in a period of mourning, which usually extends for a year after the death of a monarch. Meanwhile, the Sunday post revealed, this Saturday, October 8, the first details on the future ceremony. Charles III, who wants to blow a wind of modernity on the new monarchy, thus broke with the previous coronations.

Rituals that take time

At the beginning, his ceremony was supposed to last a little over an hour, compared to four according to tradition. If we have already witnessed the impatience of King Charles III – the episode of the pen made people smile beyond the borders of the country – the latter therefore wishes, without much surprise, to strip his coronation of “dark and time-consuming rituals. “. ”, Adding too much heaviness to the ceremony. This did the same inside Westminster Abbey as his mother and grandfather before him.

On video, when King Charles III loses his temper due to … a pen

Duration divided and guests too. Nearly 8,000 people typically attend the monarch’s coronation in the UK. But on 3 June the workforce will have to decrease by 6000. Indeed, again according to the Sunday postthe late queen’s son wanted to settle among his guests, excluding many nobles and parliamentarians, reaching a total of only 2000 guests.

The dress code should also be lightened. Gorgeous formal dresses will be replaced by more modest costumes. “The king removed much of what constituted the coronation, acknowledging that the world has evolved in seventy years,” a source told the media.. Elizabeth II was crowned with great fanfare in Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1952, nearly a year after the death of her father, King George VI.

Coins

Another small revolution within the monarchy: the new coins bearing the king’s effigy. the Sunday post thus he reports that once again Charles III would like to break with a millenary tradition, consisting in inscribing the name of the sovereign in Latin on the picaillons. For this new era, the coins will be minted with the inscription: “Charles III DG REX FD”. “The first name ‘Charles’ was adopted on the sovereign’s coin, to emphasize that it is accessible and close to a modern audience,” justified a source to the media.

Coins flanked by the effigy of Charles III. Abaca

On his coronation day, next June, King Charles III will still be transported to Westminster Abbey in his mother’s sumptuous carriage, the last symbol of all-golden splendor, dating back to 1762.

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