A very spiritual ceremony will take place at Westminster Abbey, during which the future monarch of the United Kingdom and his wife, Camilla, will be crowned.
In addition to a gilded and air-conditioned horse-drawn carriage, a range of antique crown jewels, and a brand-new emoji for social media to offer a modern touch, the details for the great Coronation ceremony of King Charles III and Queen Camilla next month were announced by Buckingham Palace in London on Monday. The event will take place in one month.
On May 6, the 74-year-old king, who ascended to the throne of the United Kingdom following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, in September of the previous year, will be solemnly crowned in a solemn religious ceremony that will take place at Westminster Abbey in London.
It will be a 70-year gap since this royal ritual was last seen in action for the late Queen in 1953, and the ceremony that will take place the following month will feature many of the same aspects, but it will also include some modern-day accents chosen by Charles.
According to a statement released by the palace, “On the morning of the 6th of May, Their Majesties will travel from Buckingham Palace in The King’s Procession to Westminster Abbey in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach.”
“Created for Queen Elizabeth II to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Her late Majesty’s reign in 2012, the coach has only ever conveyed the Sovereign, occasionally accompanied by the consort or a visiting Head of State,” it stated. “Created for Queen Elizabeth II to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Her late Majesty’s reign in 2012”
According to what was written, “the gilded crown that sits atop the Diamond Jubilee State Coach was carved from oak from HMS Victory,” and “the interior of the coach is inlaid with samples of woods, metals, and other materials from buildings and places with specific connections to Britain and its history.”
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On the morning of the Coronation, Their Majesties will travel from Buckingham Palace in The King’s Procession to Westminster Abbey in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach – which was created in 2012 for Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.[2/6] pic.twitter.com/ploIh3s4Ea
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This horse-drawn carriage, which is one of two that will be included in the two-way parade, is by far the more pleasant of the two due to the inclusion of air conditioning and shock absorbers in its design. On the shorter ride back from the Abbey to the palace, the less luxurious royal vehicle known as the Gold State Coach will be utilised.
“The coach, which was last seen during the pageant of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee in June 2022, was commissioned in 1760 and was first used by King George III, to travel to the State Opening of Parliament in 1762,” the palace said. “The coach was last seen during the Pageant of the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in June 2022.”
Since the coronation of William IV in 1831, the vehicle has been used for every subsequent coronation. It was stated that eight Windsor Grey horses would be used to pull the coach, and that the vehicle’s weight of four tonnes would need it to move at a snail’s pace.
After they have returned to the palace, the newly crowned King and Queen will be presented with a Royal Salute by the members of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth Armed Forces who were on parade earlier that day.
As a form of homage from the Armed Forces, the Royal Salute will be followed by three cheers from the gathering military men.
The Coronation Regalia, which is the heart of the Crown Jewels and which is kept in the Tower of London for public exhibition at all other times, is also being prepared for the great event. The Coronation Regalia is a group of religious and secular artefacts that signify the duties and obligations of the monarch, and they are now being displayed at the Tower of London.
“The Regalia has played a vital part in Coronation Services for hundreds of years, and in order to maintain the tradition, it will be used at Westminster Abbey on the 6th of May. According to the statement made by the palace, “the Regalia are held in trust by the monarch on behalf of the nation because they are part of the Royal Collection.”
Maces are ceremonial emblems of power that are carried before the Sovereign at ceremonies such as the State Opening of Parliament. These two maces, which date back to between 1660 and 1695 and are constructed of silver gilded over oak, have been in use since 1660.
The Sword of State, which is a symbol of royal authority and consists of a steel blade with a silver-gilt hilt and a wooden sheath that is coated in velvet, is also carried before the Sovereign on official occasions.
During the Coronation Procession at Westminster Abbey, three additional swords will be used: the Sword of Temporal Justice, which represents the monarch’s role as Head of the Armed Forces; the Sword of Spiritual Justice, which represents the monarch’s role as Defender of the Faith; and the Sword of Mercy or Curtana, which has a blunted tip and represents the Sovereign’s mercy.
According to the palace, the swords were used for the first time at the coronation of King Charles I in 1626, and the palace also disclosed that the steel blades date back to the 16th century.
The gold and silver It was stated that the Coronation Spoon, which has been used during royal coronations since 1349, is the oldest artefact still in use today.
The Sovereign’s Ring, on the other hand, is crafted out of a sapphire and features a ruby cross that is encrusted in diamonds. The Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross will be used to symbolise the Sovereign’s temporal power, while the Sovereign’s Sceptre with Dove will be used to represent the Sovereign’s spiritual function. The enamelled dove with outspread wings on the Sovereign’s Sceptre with Dove will represent the Holy Ghost. In addition, two Sovereign’s Sceptres will be utilised.
The ruby that is set in gold and serves as the Queen Consort’s Ring was first created for the coronation of King William IV and Queen Adelaide in 1831. It now belongs to Camilla.
On the other hand, the new emoji that was released by the palace to commemorate the Coronation is modelled after the St. Edward’s Crown, which will serve as the crown for the newly crowned King. This emoji will display on Twitter whenever the hashtags #Coronation or #CoronationWeekend are used.
It was reported over the weekend that among the 2,000 guests that would be present at the Abbey will be 850 individuals who have been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM). These individuals will also represent charitable and community organisations.
Manju Malhi, who is of Indian heritage and was awarded the BEM for her work with a senior citizens organisation in the United Kingdom, will be among the group of people who have been particularly invited by the royal couple. Also included in this group will be royalty from across the world and heads of state.