Coronation of King Charles III

Coronation King Charles III

As London prepares for the Coronation of King Charles III, the impact of the new monarch’s reign is as yet unknown, beyond changing the branding on postage stamps, but we do know about the causes he’s advocated previously.

And we’re getting a Bank Holiday.

The Queen and Charles with Buck House
The Coronation is taking place on Saturday the 6th of May, then a celebratory concert in Windsor on Sunday the 7th, followed by a national holiday on Monday the 8th.

Despite the separation of the Church & State in British society, the Coronation itself will see the King anointed as the head of both in a traditional ceremony steeped in religious symbolism.

Upon the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, having reigned for 70 years, the outpouring of grief and condolences consumed many for around two weeks until the grand state funeral, the like of which we’ll probably never see again in our lifetimes.

It’s a hard act to follow, somewhat like Emma Peel’s departure from The Avengers (yet on a grander scale), no-one can envy the tough job of being The Queen’s successor.

On a personal note, King Charles III has long been known for his love of comedy, particularly the classic British comedies of the 1950s and 60s, such as the Carry On films (he visited Sid James on the set of “Carry On Cabby” at Pinewood studios) and The Goons with Peter Sellers & Harry Secombe.

He has often been seen attending comedy events and has even been known to perform comedy himself on occasion, such as skit on Shakespeare with Dame Judi Dench.

As Prince Charles, he established the Prince’s trust to help young people realise their potential and has helped thousands get a foothold in the industry of their choosing or to set up their own small business.

An early advocate for natural farming, the demand for organic food has grown over recent years as supermarkets cater to consumer tastes.

Prince Charles visiting the set of Carry On Cabby with Sid James in his taxi
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Originally cautioning against single-use plastics in 1970, The Green King’s warnings are finally being heeded as the ocean becomes a dumping ground. It was a stance he was vilified for by the press (and the petrochemical industries who advertise their various brands in newspapers), who portrayed him as a loony tree-hugger who talked to plants, but his warnings have proved prescient.

As a constitutional monarch, King Charles III is expected to remain above politics and to serve as a symbol of national unity and continuity. Whilst many consider this to mean he won’t be able to speak his mind, this detachment from politics may make it easier for him to rise above the fray of short-term political goals and misinformation, to advocate behind-the-scenes with soft diplomacy as the country’s ultimate ambassador.

Not an easy tightrope to walk, given the dissent on every issue, heightened by social networks and various insincere media outlets, but, as much as the Monarchy may be anachronistic and undemocratic to some, it’s a unique position from which to exercise influence. Time may never tell.

In the meantime, we’ve got some pageantry, a concert, and a Bank Holiday to enjoy.

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Coronation King Charles III

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