Queen Elizabeth: The details of British monarchs’ coronation – Jewels, guests, what will happen to Camilla

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THE coronation of British monarch is one magnificent ceremony, unique in Europe, of which Mranones date back many centuries. The coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953 took over a year of preparation.

The coronation of the monarch does not take place immediately after the death of the predecessor of the throne, in order to observe a period of mourning and to give the opportunity to organize the ceremony.

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THE Elizabeth B, who became Queen on 6 February 1952, the day her father died, was crowned on June 2, 1953, that is 15 months later in front of over 8,000 guests at Westminster Abbey.

The new king, the 73-year-old Charlesis expected to favor “a quicker and shorter coronation,” according to Bob Morris, an expert on the British monarchy.

Coronation ceremony

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The ceremony takes place in Westminster Abbey. He is ordained by the Archbishop of Canterbury, a leading religious official of the Anglican Church and second in hierarchy after the British monarch.

The archbishop of Candebury first introduces the new monarch to those present, who they applaud with cheers.

Subsequently, the monarch takes the coronation oath (Coronation Oath Act), written in 1688: pledges to govern his people by Acts of Parliament, to administer law and justice “with mercy” and to “do all that is possible” to protect the Anglican Church and Protestantism.

Then follows the ritual of anointing with consecrated oil and the Archbishop of Canterbury blesses the monarch on King Edward’s throne, built in 1300 and used at every coronation since 1626.

The monarch then receives the royal symbols, a scepter and then the crown to be placed on the head of the new king by the archbishop of Canterbury. Members of the royal family pay their respects and partake of Holy Communion.

Coronation of the wife

Queen Elizabeth - Prince Philip

Unless otherwise decided, if the new monarch is male, his wife is proclaimed queen and crowned in a similar but simpler ceremony. In the case of CharlesCamilla’s wife cannot become a queen, but only a “royal wife”, as she is not the king’s first wife. In the event that a woman ascends the throne, her husband does not become king and does not receive the holy anointing.

The British Crown Jewels

The United Kingdom is the only monarchy in Europe that continues to use specific symbols in coronation ceremonies.

St Edward’s Crown, made in 1661 for the coronation of Charles II, is the crown traditionally used in the ceremony. Made of gold and silver, with rubies and sapphires, it weighs over two kilograms.

The imperial crown is placed at the end of the ceremony and for the royal procession. Consisting of 2,868 diamonds, it was made in 1937 for the coronation of King George VI. It is also worn by the monarch during the annual session to open Parliament.


In 1953, the coronation of Elizabeth II was attended by 8,251 guests, representing 181 countries and territories.

After the ceremony, a large procession took place through the streets of London. Although Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace are less than a mile apart, the procession route was extended to 7.2 kilometers in 1953 in order to allow as many people to watch as possible.

Source: News Beast

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