King Charles to scrap age-old royal tradition at coronation to appeal to 'modern audience'

The King's coronation will be smaller and less expensive than Queen Elizabeth II's crowning ceremony in 1953, according to royal insiders

King Charles' drastic cost-cutting measures at 'modern' coronation ceremony revealed
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King Charles III will ditch many of the traditions of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation when he is officially crowned next year, according to royal insiders.

King Charles III's coronation next year will look drastically different from the crowning ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II, royal insiders have revealed. 

His Majesty reportedly plans to shorten the historic event following pressure on the Royal Family to scale back its expenditure in light of the UK's cost-of-living crisis. It's now understood that numerous rituals observed in his late mother's coronation will be scrapped to allow for a cheaper, shorter service. 

The rumored changes will reflect King Charles' vision for a 'slimmed down' monarchy, which will see the 73-year-old running a smaller operation from his new 'flat above the shop' at Buckingham Palace

King Charles III attends the Presentation of Addresses

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The last coronation to take place in the Royal Family dates back to 1953 when Princess Elizabeth was crowned Queen following the death of her father, King George VI. The televised ceremony featured a chain of extravagant customs, including a robe succession (in which Her Majesty changed her outfit multiple times) and a celebratory procession through the streets of London. 

"King Charles is unlikely to do the same,” a source told the Mail on Sunday, before adding that "the language will [also] be adapted so as to be understandable to a more modern audience." 

The furnishings inside the cathedral will also reflect the contemporary era, with standard seating to replace the velvet chairs that were specially made for Queen Elizabeth II's coronation. It's expected the event will be over within an hour, making it significantly shorter than Her Majesty's three-hour-long service. 


Queen Elizabeth's coronation in 1953 

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The date of King Charles III's coronation has yet to be confirmed by Buckingham Palace, but it's been widely speculated that June 3, 2023, has been scheduled for the special occasion. Like Queen Elizabeth II, His Majesty will be anointed at Westminster Abbey. Camilla, the Queen Consort, will also be crowned at the ceremony. 

Emma Dooney
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