Saturday May 6, 2023 the eyes of the whole world will be on the Westminster Abbeyr, in London, when King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla are crowned.
Buckingham Palace reported that the coronation will feature a star-studded concert, a grand “national luncheon” and a volunteer promotion initiative, in addition to the traditional ceremony and parades. The festivities, which will last three dayswill be an opportunity “for people to come together in a celebration of a historic occasion,” explained the British Royal House.
Carlos, 74, became king after the death in September of his mother, Elizabeth II, at 96 years of age, 70 of them at the helm of the monarchy. Carlos II also assumed as head of state of the 14 countries of the British Commonwealth (Commonwealth), including Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
The coronation usually takes place a few months after the monarch takes office, as there is a period of national mourning and many details to adjust.
The coronation of Charles III, the first in the UK since 1953, will take place on Saturday May 6 in Westminster Abbey, where they have been held for 900 years. His wife Camila, 75, will also be crowned as consort.
The couple will arrive from the palace without other members of the royal family, in what is known as the “king’s procession”, and then return with a retinue, which is known as the “coronation procession”.
To close the first day, the members of royalty will greet the population from a balcony of Buckingham Palace, on whose esplanade thousands of people are expected to congregate.
A “special” concert
The next daya “special coronation concert” will be held at Windsor Castle, west London, broadcast live on the network BBCwhich will have the participation of “world music icons and contemporary stars”.
A “coronation choir” will also perform, made up of amateur singing groups from across the UK, from choirs of refugees, health workers and LGTBQ+ groups (lesbian, gay, trans, bisexual, ‘queer’ and others). as well as deaf people.
The main course will arrive at night, with a light show entitled “Light up the nation” that will fill emblematic places with colors, with projectors, lasers and drones.
Neighbors and communities will be invited to participate in “great coronation lunches”, as a “national act of celebration and friendship.” It is an idea coined by the Eden Project – of which the queen consort has been a patron since 2013 – and aims to encourage people to go out into the streets, gardens, parks and shared spaces to improve the spirit of community and support charities.
On Monday, The last day of the festivities (which this year will be a holiday), will be organized by charitable and religious groups, which “will highlight the positive impact of volunteering in the nation’s communities.” the big help pays tribute to King Charles’ decades of public service, encouraging people to volunteer and help their localities.
During the special service on Saturday, Carlos will take the coronation oath to “rule according to law, exercise justice with mercy – promises symbolized by the four swords of the coronation outfit (the Crown Jewels) – and maintain the Church of England,” according to the royal family’s website.
Carlos will be blessed and anointed with oil consecrated by the archbishop of canterbury and then he will receive the orb and sceptres, before it is finally placed on his head St Edward’s Crown.
The newspaper The Telegraph noted that the monarch requested Greek Orthodox music in tribute to his late father, the Duke of Edinburgh, and also commissioned Andrew Lloyd-Webber the composition of the Coronation Hymn, which is one of 12 new pieces of music personally selected by the King.
Additionally, Camilla will be the first queen consort to be crowned at Westminster Abbey in almost 100 years. The last queen consort crowned there was Queen Elizabeth (mother of Elizabeth II) during the coronation of King George VI in 1937.
Members of the royal family, the Prime Minister, representatives of the House of Representatives, heads of state and other royals from around the world were invited to the ceremony at Westminster Abbey.
It is not yet clear if Harry and Meghan will attend, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex; May 6th is the birthday of her first child, Archie. According to local press reports, the dukes would have made some requests, such as the inclusion of their children Archie and Lilibet in the ceremony, as well as a place for the whole family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
On the other hand, it has been reported that the coronation of King Carlos III will be shorter and less expensive than Queen Elizabeth II’s in 1953. sources of Telegraph They noted that the ceremony was designed “in accordance with Carlos’ vision of a smaller, more modern monarchy.” It is estimated that some 2,000 guests will attend the Abbey’s benches, while 8,251 people attended Elizabeth’s coronation. And the service has been reduced to 60 minutes, a third of the three hours that her coronation lasted in 1953.
The royal family confirmed that Carlos III will be crowned with the St Edward’s Crown, the same one that his mother had and which contains more than 444 colored precious stones, such as rubies, garnets, sapphires and tourmalines. Because she weighs 2.23 kilograms she is only worn at the exact moment of the coronation. It was created for King Carlos II in 1661.
Normally, this crown is displayed in the Tower of London along with other royal jewels and is only used for special occasions. Buckingham Palace reported that on December 4 the “historic centerpiece of the Crown Jewels has been removed from the Tower of London to allow pre-Coronation alteration work to begin.”
The king will also receive the coronation ring, also known as “england’s wedding ring”which is placed on the fourth finger of the monarch’s right hand.
Camilla will wear the Crown of Queen Mary, which has 2,200 diamonds and was first used by Charles’s great-grandmother, Maria, when she was crowned queen consort with her husband, King George V, in 1911. It will be the first time in recent history that a queen consort has used an existing crown instead of ordering a new one. In any case, this crown will be updated to create “a different impression from when it was worn by Queen Mary in 1911,” Buckingham Palace explained.
Queen Camilla’s dress
The newspaper the sun noted that Queen Camilla has chosen Bruce Oldfield, the late Princess Diana’s favorite couturier, to design the dress for the coronation. Although the British designer has not confirmed the deal, an “insider” told the sun: “Camilla has a very close friendship with Bruce Oldfield for many years, so in many ways she is the natural and obvious choice. Camilla trusts Bruce because he has recently provided her with dresses for many important occasions.
Oldfield designed numerous dresses for Lady Di in the 1980s.
The role of Camilla’s grandchildren
Various British media have speculated on the possibility of their participation in the coronation the five grandchildren from Camilla’s first marriage to retired officer Andrew Parker Bowles. The teenagers will apparently hold a canopy over her grandmother’s head while she is anointed with holy oil. Her children, Tom Parker Bowles and Laura Lopes, would also attend. By including these relatives, the royal couple would be showing that they belong to a mixed family, like most people around the world.
The official emblem of Carlos III
The new British monarch will have his own insignia, as well as bills and coins with his face will be issued. Unveiled on September 26 by Buckingham Palace, the new royal emblem shows the crown above two letters: an intertwined “C” with an “R” for Rex, which is Latin for King and is used to designate a monarch since the XII century. Inside the “R” appears a “III”. This “CRIII” It will replace the “ERIII” emblem of Queen Elizabeth, which is 70 years old, but it will be a gradual process.
(With information from AFP)
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