The coronation of King Charles III and his wife, Queen Consort Camilla, is scheduled to take place on May 6th at Westminster Abbey in London. The ceremony is expected to be attended by over a hundred heads of state, along with various members of royalty from around the world. Although a president of the United States has never attended a British royal coronation, first lady Jill Biden will be present for the event. This article provides little-known facts about the King and the Queen Consort, as well as the history of coronations.
The Coronation Ceremony
Westminster Abbey has been the location of every British coronation since 1066. The St. Edward’s Crown, made of solid gold and weighing 4 pounds and 12 ounces, will be placed on King Charles III’s head during the service. It has been used in every British coronation since King Charles II. Queen Consort Camilla will wear Queen Mary’s Crown, featuring diamonds from Queen Elizabeth II’s personal jewelry collection. It is the first time since the 18th century that a consort’s crown has been reused.
Facts about King Charles III
King Charles III became heir apparent at the age of three years old in 1952. He became the longest-serving Prince of Wales in 2017. He was the first heir to see his mother crowned as Sovereign. At 16 years old, The King took his first official Royal duty in June 1965, attending a student garden party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. In 2011, the Masai in Tanzania gave the King the title of ‘Keeper of the Cows’ to recognize his work as a farmer. A frog was named after him in 2013, called Hyloscirtus Princecherlesi or Prince Charles Magnificent Tree Frog.
History of Coronations
Before Westminster Abbey was built, coronations were carried out in places like Bath, Oxford, and Canterbury. The first photograph of a coronation was taken during George V’s coronation by Sir Benjamin Stone, an MP and amateur photographer. Coronation Chicken was invented for the guests who were to be entertained following Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation. The food had to be prepared in advance and transported, so it needed to be easily reheated.
The coronation of King Charles III is an important event in British history and tradition, with over a hundred heads of state expected to attend.
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