King Charles III breaks with tradition: friendly monarchs are allowed to come to the coronation
King Charles III breaks with tradition
Friendly monarchs are allowed to attend the coronation
Charles reportedly invites royals from around the world to his coronation. In doing so, he breaks with a custom that has existed for centuries.
King Charles III (74) will apparently invite other monarchs to his coronation on May 6th. According to a British media report, the 74-year-old breaks with an old tradition. For centuries it was customary for no other kings or queens to be present at the coronation of a British monarch. The reason: The sacred ceremony should be an “intimate exchange between the monarch and his people in the presence of God”, as reported by the Daily Mail.
Fewer guests, more international royals
Charles III reportedly wants to modernize the coronation ceremony and has therefore decided to deviate from this tradition. The British monarch reportedly plans to invite kings and rulers from all over the world. An anonymous source told The Mail on Sunday that the protocol was being revised in the name of diplomacy. Another insider told the newspaper: “One can assume that the guest list for the coronation is more like that of a royal wedding than the coronation 70 years ago.”
“Save the date” messages are said to be going to the Scandinavian royal families this week, including the King of Jordan, Abdullah II (61). The official invitations are to follow in April.
In 1953, 8,000 guests were invited to the coronation of Charles’ mother, Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022), who died in September. There will now only be 2,000 people on her successor’s guest list. The coronation ceremony will take place on May 6th in London’s Westminster Abbey. On the day there will also be a carriage procession and the traditional appearance of the royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. A music concert and light show is scheduled at Windsor Castle on Sunday 7 May. On May 8th, the British will have an additional public holiday with events in honor of people who do voluntary work.