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King Charles: Why the Coronation is necessary

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Like many before him, King Charles’ coronation ceremony included a medieval oath, holy oil poured into a 12th-century spoon and a 700-year-old chair.

  • author, Lauren Potts
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The coronation of King Charles III on May 6 may be the occasion for the lavish royal pageantry that the English are famous for. But it’s a deeply religious event, steeped in centuries-old traditions that some may feel has no place in 2023. Does such an event have the same significance as before and does the king really care?

In a few weeks, millions of people across the UK will witness a rare event.

Although we are used to the pomp, gatherings and street parties that accompany royal celebrations and ceremonies, it has been 70 years since we saw a coronation. It’s a completely different event, full of curiosities: a medieval oath, holy oil poured into a 12th-century spoon and a stone on a 700-year-old chair that is said to have roared when it recognized the legitimate monarch.

Some experts liken the coronation to a wedding — but instead of a consort, the monarch marries the state. The 2,000 people attending King Charles’ coronation at Westminster Abbey will have to say whether they recognize him as king. He is then given a coronation ring and asked to take an oath.

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