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Re: Speculating about the Coronation
Damien, I am currently watching a video of Queen Elizabeth's coronation. I am 50 minutes in and I have only seen the CoE clergy, peers and peeresses and the aristocracy in various roles. Given we are living in a different world, in both the UK and the "other realms", it will be interesting to see what changes are made to make the monarchy still seem relevant. I agree with you that the Queen Consort will be crowned but will the detachable Koh-i-Noor diamond still be part of the Queen Consort's crown?
To be honest William, I daresay this discussion is moot. I feel sure Charles will want to have Camilla crowned by his side. He would see it as the ultimate validation in the eyes of the public some of whom are still a bit sceptical of her because of her role in the breakup of his previous marriage.
It will be interesting then to see what he means by modernising the ancient ceremony. I feel it will have to do with some tinkering with the coronation oath and maybe some other cosmetic changes.
I'm actually fine with either scenario. Make it more inline with gender equality and make the husband's of a Queen Regnant a King Consort or just stop crowning Consorts period.
Philip wasn't a King Consort which is why he was never crowned. I do understand that it's basically a double standard. That's how it evolved.
So where do we go from here? Stop crowing the wife of a King Regnant or start making the husband of a Queen Regnant a King Consort and crown him during the coronation ceremony?
Why not continue to crown our queens consort and also crown any future kings consort, which is what we ought to have with the succession law being absolute primogeniture now?
That's certainly one way to tackle it in the interests of modern gender equality. Another way would be simply to stop crowning consorts at all. After all, they have no constitutional role other than to support their spouses and they have already promised to do that at their wedding service.
Camilla could simply sit near the king and wear a nice, jewelled tiara while her husband is being crowned (and some think even that is now an anachronism but at least her husband is becoming lifelong Head of State and has more serious matters to promise).
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