Smaller, more modest and less expensive will be the coronation ceremony of King Charles, who could choose a date, a tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth and her 70 years on the throne.
King Charles III he wants a low-key coronation next spring that reflects the new era of the monarchy and could choose to hold it on the 70th anniversary of his mother’s coronation, according to reports.
The new monarch, who has spent the past 12 days leading the nation in mourning for the death of Queen Elizabeth II, is said to be considering holding the service on June 2 next year. “Operation Golden Globe”, which is the name given to Charles’ coronation planning, is already underway and the King is expected to use it as an opportunity to mark the new era.
Sources revealed that they expect that the ceremony will be “shorter, smaller and less expensive” from his mother’s coronation in 1953, although it will apparently also include a tribute to her life and work.
King Charles will want to show the public how his ‘scissored monarchy’ will work in the future, the British press says, as well as taking into account the ongoing cost of living crisis gripping the nation.
While the traditional aspects of the ceremony are expected to remain unchanged, it is believed the king will try to celebrate and ‘protect the diversity’ of the UK inviting members of different faiths, including Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus and Buddhists.
However, no plans are expected to be announced in the coming days after the King and his family flew to Balmoral for a period of private royal mourning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8. Since his death, Charles has attended many royal events as part of his role as king. He visited all four nations of the United Kingdom, hosting world leaders at Buckingham Palace and leading Monday’s memorial service and funeral.
Following the Queen’s death at Balmoral Castle earlier this month, Operation Golden Globe was sprung into action to help plan her son’s coronation. While late queen had to wait 16 months for her own coronation in 1953, Charles’s coronation is expected to take place in a much shorter time.
When Elizabeth was crowned Queen in June 1953, the ceremony was lavish as it was deemed necessary to boost morale for a nation starving after the war. It is believed to have cost €1.7 million at the time, which is around €51 million today.
The ceremony could be held on the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s own coronation. A summer coronation could be considered as the ideal choiceas members of the royal family are due to tour during the Easter holidays.
The Sun quoted a member of the royal family as saying that there was “no rush” to hold the ceremony and that “there are a lot of plans” still in place. But it could probably happen in May or June depending on what’s going on in the world, Charles’ aides said. “While the family remains in official royal mourning until next Monday, nothing will be finalized any time soon. But everyone knows that it must happen next year and May or June is the preferred time».
Like his mother, ibe crowned with the crown of St. Edward, the most iconic of the UK’s crown jewels. Next year, Charles will be 74 and royal wife Camilla will be close to 76. This will make him by far the oldest king to be crowned monarch. The previous oldest was William IV, who was crowned aged 64 in 1830 and reigned for seven years.