As the British Royal Family prepares for the upcoming coronation of King Charles III, it’s the perfect time to reflect on some of the most memorable moments throughout their history. From Queen Elizabeth II’s groundbreaking televised coronation to the modern changes King Charles III is implementing, the Royal Family continues to evolve and adapt to the times.
Queen Elizabeth II’s Televised Coronation
In 1953, Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation made history as the first to be televised, allowing millions around the world to witness the event. Her coronation dress, designed by Norman Hartnell, featured floral emblems representing her nine dominions, showcasing the global reach of the British monarchy.
King Charles III’s Modern Coronation
King Charles III aims to bring a more democratic flavor to his coronation, with a shorter event, fewer guests, and a greater focus on religion, cultural diversity, and community. Only 25 members each from the House of Lords and House of Commons will be invited, prioritizing Commonwealth and international heads of state, and religious, and community leaders. The guest list may be small, but it will demonstrate Charles’ and Britain’s global status.
Streamlining the Royal Family
King Charles III has been restructuring the British royal family by streamlining the team to just seven key members and doing away with traditional coronation robes for the upcoming big day. The royal family’s participation in the coronation will be streamlined to alleviate the burden on the state and highlight the institution’s commitment to hard work, diplomacy, and the environment.
King Charles III’s Human Touch
Charles is working to show a more human side of the monarchy and slim down its size to remain relevant in a modern, multi-cultural nation. He has sat on the floor with the congregation during a visit to a Sikh house of worship properly rolled his R’s while speaking German, and carries his own pen for signing emergencies. His personality shines through in small details, like his ever-changing pocket squares that add a dash of color to his conservative suits.
Prince Harry’s Attendance at the Coronation
Despite tensions within the family, Prince Harry will attend King Charles III’s coronation on May 6th. Harry and Meghan Markle have been raising their family in California since stepping down as working royals, and Harry has not seen his brother, Prince William, since the Queen’s funeral last September. Former royal butler Paul Burrell says there is no chance of reconciliation anytime soon, but Harry’s attendance at the coronation shows his willingness to maintain a connection with the family.