An Invitation to a Coronation
We have a date!
The Coronation of King Charles III will take place on May 6th, 2023 and for such a historic occasion for King Charles as well as Camilla, Queen Consort, the excitement for the festivities is being somewhat overshadowed by the pending attendance of Prince Harry and Meghan.
What is a Coronation you ask? Well, since the last Royal Coronation was some seventy years ago, you’d be forgiven for not knowing!
Coronations of the Monarch of the United Kingdom have been thought to have been part of history going back almost 1000 years but the last Coronation of Elizabeth II as the Queen of the United Kingdom was back in 1953. It was the first ever to be televised and millions around the world watched the kind and warm hearted 25-year-old, Elizabeth II, be crowned Queen.
This historic Coronation will take place at Westminster Abbey and see King Charles III and Camilla Queen Consort crowned, then blessed and anointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, with a grand procession to follow and that special balcony moment, where we see the family members of the Royal Family come together at Buckingham Palace.
So why are we hearing reports that Prince Harry and Meghan are yet to rsvp to such an important and historic event? What could possibly be the hold-up? Well, the date of the coronation does happen to fall on the same day as Prince Harry and Meghan’s son, Prince Archies fourth birthday, but for such an event, you couldn’t blame others for thinking it is less likely something to do with birthday cakes and balloons and more likely to do with tensions with the royal family since stepping down as working royals in 2020. Not to mention the feelings left behind by the several interviews that followed, a Netflix Series and release of Prince Harrys memoir, Spare, earlier this year. Many Royal Fans remain hopeful that despite leading different lives and all the ups and downs over the past few years, Prince William and Prince Harry can unite again and repair their relationship and we can only remain optimistic their attendance at the King’s Coronation would be a wonderful start.
Back to the celebrations…Traditionally coronations are held a year or more after a Queen or King is acceded to the throne to allow a respectful amount of time for mourning, so perhaps it was a little surprising that the date of the King’s Coronation will be held just eight months after the Queen’s passing, which makes it no surprise to hear of reports that suggest some big celebrity names may have had to turn down the event, due to lack of notice or scheduling clashes.
Whilst only rumors at this stage, there are speculations of our favorite Aussie Sisters Kylie and Dannii Minogue, Lionel Ritchie, and Olly Murs being some of the names that might be performing in the Coronation Concert on Sunday 7th May, so our fingers are crossed for that lineup, as well as many more!