Buckingham Palace has unveiled the first details of the coronation of the new king, Charles III. And if the guest list is actively being prepared, Prince Harry may well be persona non grata. Everything will depend on his forthcoming book. Explanations.
[Updated October 17, 2022 at 6:23 p.m.] The coronation is organized. the roi Charles III , who left his previous title of Prince of Wales to his eldest son William, will officially be crowned in a few months. Buckingham Palace has unveiled the first details. Appointment is given in the spring of 2023. While a first controversy broke out because of Camilla, it is the turn of the prince Harry to be in the sights.
Note the date in your diaries: the coronation of King Charles III will take place on May 6, 2023 . Eight months after the death of the Queen Elizabeth II - which occurred on September 8, 2022 when she was aged 96 - the religious ceremony will be led as tradition dictates by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. Since the Norman Conquest in 1066, the ceremony has almost always been led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, details AFP. ' The coronation will reflect the role of the monarch today and look to the future, while being rooted in the long tradition and pomp of the monarchy ', Buckingham Palace said in a statement. Charles III, currently 73, will be ' anointed, blessed and consecrated 'by the spiritual head of the Church of England, of which the monarch is supreme governor .
This is at Westminster Abbey, London, where the event will take place . Charles III will be accompanied by the rest of the royal family, including his wife Queen Consort Camilla - a title obtained thanks to the late Elizabeth II, who had demanded it for her before her death - during a ceremony ' future-oriented ', said Buckingham Palace. The coronations of British monarchs have taken place for 900 years at Westminster Abbey, recalls AFP.
As a reminder, Elizabeth II was crowned on June 2, 1953, after becoming queen on February 6, 1952 following the death of her father George VI. For the first time, the ceremony - which had lasted more than three hours, in front of 8,251 guests massed in the Abbey - had been broadcast on television and watched by 27 million Britons, for 36 million inhabitants at the time . His funeral was seen last September by around 4 billion viewers around the world.
While the royal family is regularly singled out for its cost, which is very low among the British (£1.29 or around €1.50 per inhabitant each year!), King Charles III intends not to have the madness of greatness for his coronation. Thus, the ex-husband of the deceased Diana wants a shorter, smaller, less expensive ceremony than her mother's.
King Charles III has a personal fortune estimated in millions but, in total, it is the life of a billionaire that he leads. ' As the new monarch, King Charles III becomes the owner of institutions that manage assets estimated at $42 billion, including some of the world's most famous royal palaces and the crown jewels “, specifies the specialized site Forbes .
The capacity of the Abbey today is only about 2,000 people. , which corresponds to the number of people, including heads of state and members of royal families, who attended the state funeral of Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19. Logically many heads already seen at the queen's funeral will be there again. Charles III will normally be surrounded by his clan starting with his sons Princes William and Harry.
But are we sure of Harry's presence? Indeed, the latter has already given an explosive interview to Oprah Winfrey for CBS but obviously he still has things to say. ' It's one thing Harry attacks Charles, he can take it upon himself, but if Harry forces him to choose, vis-a-vis what he's going to say about Camilla in his book, I have no doubt that he will choose to line up behind Camilla “, explained a source to the Daily Beast , raising the possibility that Charles will not invite his son if his second wife is criticized in Harry's book... The prince has signed a $20 million deal with publishing house Penguin Random House for a book expected in 2023 .
Note that Queen Consort Camilla will also be crowned during the ceremony, the preparations for which are known as Operation Golden Orb .
The sovereign will take the coronation oath. Because Coronation Oath Act, written in 1688, it undertakes in particular to ' Do everything possible 'to preserve the Anglican Church and the Protestant religion. Charles III will be installed in King Edward's Chair, a wooden throne made in 1300 and used at every coronation since 1626. The King then receive anointing and blessing of the archbishop. Charles III will finally receive his royal attributes, in particular a scepter, then the crown , laid on his head by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
While she too must be crowned queen consort, Camilla is already the subject of controversy because of her future crown on her head. Indeed, it was expected that she wears the crown of the late Elizabeth II on which is inlaid a luxurious diamond called Koh-i-Noor, of one weight of 108.93 carats. A diamond that will be seven centuries old and originated in India. It was given to Queen Victoria who became Empress of India in 1837.” In 1852, under the supervision of Prince Consort Albert, it was oval cut by Voorzanger from 186 carats to its current weight of 108 carats to enhance its brilliance, then mounted on a tiara with over two thousand other diamonds. In 1937, the stone was installed on the crown of the new Queen Elizabeth. Successive governments of India periodically demand the return of the stone, claiming rightful ownership “, relates the site Diamant gems .
A source close to King Charles III confirmed to Mail Online that the question around this crown was problematic, suggesting that Camilla will have to find another one. ' Times have changed and His Majesty the King is more sensitive to all his issues, as are his advisers. There is a certain tension around all these cases, particularly with regard to India “, said the source.Source journaldesfemmes.fr