This year we all get to witness a little bit of history with the Coronation of Charles III & Camilla, but what does it all mean, and does anyone know what is going to happen?
We did a bit of research into the coronation and what would happen, mainly because we had no idea, and we thought we would share it with you!
The efforts for the royals to become more relatable have been led by Charles III’s commitment to sustainable fashion, international nature protection and encouraging voice in responsible British trade. With over 17 charities under his organisation, Charles III takes after his father in the pursuit of supporting environmental development and industry growth.
With one of the longest reigns in History, Queen Elizabeth was on the throne long before many of us were born, so a coronation ceremony is a new and exciting thing for us to witness. Many of our family members have watched Charles III grow up, marry, have children and become a royal leader, so this event is the next step in watching this regal journey.
What is a coronation?
Even though it isn’t legally required for Charles III to be officially recognised as King, the coronation offers a ceremonial event that is both symbolic and religious.
As monarch of the British Empire, Charles III will also be head of the Church of England so transferring the title and responsibilities in this way gives a definitive start date.
What happens at a coronation?
There are several stages to the coronation service. Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla have requested changes to the coronation, but there are some traditional aspects that will remain the same. This will continue his path of becoming relatable and socially aware the Royals are slimming down the festivities, taking into consideration the modern times.
The coronation procession will still be a main feature of the day but will be much smaller than the 16,000 participant procession that his mother had. The King’s more modest procession will travel to Westminster Abbey and then a larger coronation procession including other members of the Royal Family will return to Buckingham Palace.
From the BBC news website, we found a breakdown of what should happen in the ceremony itself
The recognition: While standing beside the 700-year-old Coronation Chair, the monarch is presented to those gathered in the Abbey by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The congregation shouts "God Save the King!" and trumpets sound
The oath: The sovereign swears to uphold the law and the Church of England
The anointing: The King's ceremonial robe is removed and he sits in the Coronation Chair. A gold cloth is held over the chair to conceal the King from view. The Archbishop of Canterbury anoints the King's hands, breast and head with holy oil made according to a secret recipe, but known to contain ambergris, orange flowers, roses, jasmine and cinnamon. The oil created for Charles will not contain any ingredients derived from animals
The investiture: The sovereign is presented with items including the Royal Orb, representing religious and moral authority; the Sceptre, representing power; and the Sovereign's Sceptre, a rod of gold topped with a white enamelled dove, a symbol of justice and mercy. Finally, the Archbishop places St Edward's Crown on the King's head
The enthronement and homage: The King leaves the Coronation Chair and moves to the throne. Peers kneel before the monarch to pay homage
Following this, the Queen Consort will have her ceremony to mirror The King’s. Such a traditional ceremony and what a wonderful way to welcome a new reign by sounding trumpets and joyous shouting.
We are so excited to witness this amazing point in history. Traditional ceremonies, new traditions made and a modern, more thrifty monarchy with a real understanding of the worries and struggles of the times.
There will be sandwiches, cakes, Pimms and a great BBQ while we celebrate with our TMF family and friends.
To celebrate this joyous event, we have launched a new Royal Plaque to celebrate the coronation and compliment the Jubilee and Commemorative plaques we designed for Elizabeth II. Adorned with the new Royal Crest, our Coronation plaque comes in a stunning blue to match his wonderful dapper style. Hand cast in aluminium this plaque will add a touch of elegance to any wall, inside or out.