King Charles has more experience ‘with real people’ says Walker
The new sovereign has been rumoured to be planning a pared-down coronation when compared to the one held for his late mother Queen Elizabeth II in June 1953. A cheaper ceremony held after what is shaping to be a difficult winter for many Britons due to the rising costs of utility bills and the cost of living crisis would be a “brave” statement made by King Charles III, according to a royal commentator.
Expert Jonathan Sacerdoti told Express.co.uk: “It would certainly be interesting to see if King Charles, somehow, wants to give the appearance to have a less lavish coronation.
“That would be a very brave and important statement of intent for recognising that royalty lives in quite a different environment than the rest of us and an acknowledgement of the troubles that many regular people are experiencing in their lives at the moment.
“I don’t think it’s a given that that is the case, but there may be certain decisions made that do try to reflect that.”
Earlier this month, a source claimed the new King is “very aware” of the “struggles” people in the UK are experiencing.
King Charles’s coronation will likely take place next spring
King Charles and Camilla are expected to be crowned together
They told the Daily Mirror: “The King is very aware of the struggles felt by modern Britons so will see his wishes carried through that although his coronation ceremony should stay right and true to the long held traditions of the past, it should also be representative of a monarchy in a modern world.”
Similarly, the Telegraph reported Charles’s ceremony “will be shorter, sooner, smaller, less expensive and more representative of different community groups and faiths”.
The number of guests, the publication added, could be limited to 2,000, with priority given to Commonwealth leaders and a diversity of religions.
This move would be in line with the King’s pledge to reflect the multicultural reality of modern Britain and protect the diversity of the country.
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The Queen’s coronation took place on June 2 1953
During a meeting held with faith leaders in the Bow Room at Buckingham Palace a few days after the death of the Queen, Charles said: “I have always thought of Britain as a ‘community of communities‘ [and] that has led me to understand that the sovereign has an additional duty – less formally recognised but to be no less diligently discharged.
“It is the duty to protect the diversity of our country, including by protecting the space for faith itself and its practise through the religions, cultures, traditions and beliefs to which our hearts and minds direct us as individuals.
“This diversity is not just enshrined in the laws of our country, it is enjoined by my own faith.”
He later said: “The beliefs that flourish in, and contribute to, our richly diverse society differ.
King Charles acceded to the throne following the death of the Queen earlier this month
The Imperial State Crown will likely feature in the next coronation
“They, and our society, can only thrive through a clear collective commitment to those vital principles of freedom of conscience, generosity of spirit and care for others which are, to me, the essence of our nationhood.
“I am determined, as King, to preserve and promote those principles.”
King Charles III acceded to the throne following the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II on September 8.
During the coronation, the next major royal event expected within months, he will be anointed King by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the most senior cleric in the Church of England.
The line of succession to the throne
It is widely expected Camilla, the Queen Consort, will be crowned next to him.
While the Palace has yet to release an official timeframe for this historic event, the coronation will likely take place within a few months, between the spring or early summer of 2023.
Charles could even pay tribute to his late mother by choosing to be crowned on the 70th anniversary of her coronation, falling on June 2 next year.
The Queen’s coronation cost a total of £1.57million – the equivalent of £46m today.
Prince William is now the heir to the throne
While Charles’s may be less lavish, it will likely feature jewels worth several million, including the Imperial State Crown, the estimated value of which is £2.5 billion
Charles’s historic accession, the first in seven decades, has already triggered a number of changes in Britain and within the Firm.
The line of succession to the throne was reshaped accordingly, with Prince William now the heir to the throne followed by Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Over the next few years, coins and banknotes bearing the portrait of the new King will enter circulation, as will Royal Mail stamps.
On September 27, the Court Post Office located inside Buckingham Palace issued the first letters franked with the new cypher of the King, which includes his name’s initial, “R” for the Latin word for king and the Roman number III.