King Charles III’s Coronation: 10 amazing changing Traditions

Britain’s King Charles III departs Westminster Abbey after his coronation ceremony in London Saturday, May 6, 2023. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

King Charles III of the United Kingdom was crowned King of the United Kingdom in the first coronation in Britain since 1953, as well as the first to be telecast in color and streamed live on the Internet, glamsquad reports 


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In addition, a significant member of the royal family, the monarch’s son, was not asked to join the Royal family in the front row in Westminster Abbey or on the Royal balcony.

Britain’s King Charles III departs Westminster Abbey after his coronation ceremony in London Saturday, May 6, 2023. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

The ceremony, whose main climax was when Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, put the solid gold St Edward’s Crown on the king’s head to transfer authority over the United Kingdom and its territories, was a departure from precedent in several ways.

Though there were screams of “God Save the King” from within and outside Westminster Abbey, as well as the typical ceremonial gun salutes, there were several alterations to the almost 1000-year-old tradition of a British monarch being crowned at Westminster Abbey, 39 of whom have been crowned there since 1066.

Other alterations include the following:

More participation from officiating authorities and service participants. In the coronation service, there was a greater inclusion of female bishops and other women, persons of color, and representatives of other faiths. Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis (Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom), Ven Bogoda Seelawimala Nayaka Thera (Buddhism’s Chief Sangha Nayaka in the United Kingdom), and Aliya Azam (education and interfaith coordinator of the Al Khoei Foundation) were among those present. During the initial stages of the coronation service, King Charles was presented to the North, West, South, and East of Westminster Abbey, with the Archbishop of Canterbury giving the first declaration and Baroness Amos, Lady Angiolini, and Christopher Finney doing the other three.


For the first time, women carried the 17th-century Sword of the State inside the Abbey and gave it to the new ruler. Petty Officer Amy Taylor, who was chosen to represent service personnel as a tribute to King Charles’ military service, carried it into the Abbey. The sword was then placed in King Charles’ right hand, clipped into his girdle, and unclipped before being offered to the Dean, who laid it on the altar. Later, the sword was redeemed by a woman, Lord President of the Privy Council MP Penny Mordaunt, who placed the redemption money on an alms dish carried by the Dean by pulling the sword from its scabbard and presenting it to the crowned King.


The Celtic languages of the United Kingdom – Welsh, Scottish Gaelic, and Irish Gaelic – were extensively included in the service. For the first time, the liturgy of the service was delivered in Welsh, Scottish Gaelic, and Irish Gaelic.
Choristers took part in the ritual for the first time. A Greek chorus intoned a psalm in respect to Charles’ late father, Prince Philip, who was born on the Greek island of Corfu.


The coronation themes were chosen with care to reflect the King’s interest in biodiversity and sustainability, while the smaller congregation at the coronation service was chosen with care to reflect the diversity of British society, with ordinary members of the public sitting alongside heads of state and foreign royalty.


The length of the service was reduced to roughly two hours, according to Buckingham Palace insiders, in order to “reflect the monarch’s role today and look forward while remaining rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry.”
The monarchy was a radical break from the norm. Charles is 74 years old and the oldest person to be crowned a British monarch.


The royal princes and peers did not openly pledge fealty to the newly-crowned King, therefore the homage was a little unusual. Only Prince William, Prince of Wales, knelt to pay homage at King Charles’ coronation, saying, “I, William, Prince of Wales, pledge my loyalty to you and faith and truth I will bear unto you, as your liege man of life and limb.” So please, God, help me.” He served as the royal family’s representative. There was also a contentious “homage of the people,” in which anyone who desired to repeat, “I swear that I will pay true allegiance to Your Majesty, and your heirs and successors according to law,” was able to do so. So please, God, help me.”


There is also a distinction between the oaths sworn by King Charles and those sworn by his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. In contrast to Queen Elizabeth’s oath, King Charles III promised to “govern the Peoples of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, your other Realms and Territories.” This new oath is intended to symbolize the British monarchy’s dwindling dominion.

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