In the coming year, King Charles III. be crowned, that much is already certain. Now the first details about the event are becoming known, which, however, could be significantly smaller than originally planned for financial reasons.
Smaller, shorter, cheaper and faster? First details on the coronation of King Charles III. leaked out at Westminster Abbey. Accordingly, he and the palace are planning a significantly reduced ceremony next spring.
As the "Daily Mail" reports of the so-called "Operation Golden Orb", it could take place on the 70th anniversary of the coronation of his recently deceased mother, Queen Elizabeth II, on June 2, 2023. While the monarch was preparing for her own coronation had to wait a full 16 months in 1953, the coronation of Charles will take place after a much shorter period of time.
Sources have also revealed that the ceremony will be "shorter, smaller and less expensive" than his mother's coronation, although it will also include a celebration of a lifetime. The service is intended to reflect the "slimmed down" monarchy he has redesigned and would also take into account the ongoing cost of living crisis in Britain.
When Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in June 1953, the lavish ceremony was a much-needed morale boost for a nation devastated by war. It is believed to have cost £1.57million at the time, which is around £45million today.
The traditional aspects of the ceremony are expected to remain unchanged. In addition, the king, who is also the head of the Church of England, is said to be trying to celebrate the diversity of the United Kingdom. Members of different faiths, including Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus and Buddhists, are to be invited to the service in the London Abbey.
With the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8th at Balmoral Castle, her firstborn, Prince Charles, became the new king after her 70-year reign. At the same time, "Operation Golden Orb" went into action. After the state funeral and burial on Monday, the royal family withdrew as part of a period of mourning until next Monday.