>> I don't remember anyone giving the late Queen at her coronation this oath, aside from her husband of course. . In his recent memoir, The Duke of Kent, at the time of the Coronation only 17 or 18 years old, said his chief anxiety at Queen Elizabeth's Coronation was forgetting his lines. He and the other Royal Duke, the Duke of Gloucester, were seated with the Duke of Edinburgh and also gave the oath.
Thank you. I don't know if it is official but the upcoming ceremony is said to be considerably shortened from previous coronations. Do you think the oath might be scrapped entirely?
If the Duke of Sussex attends the Coronation, will he be required to vow "to become your liege man of life and limb, and of earthly worship; and faith and truth I will bear unto you, to live and die, against all manner of folk"?
I was also thinking about this question, but in a much more general way - meaning, what are the precedents and choices? So, the ceremonial and ritual of the coronation does not require the monarch to invite all and any immediate male family members to be either present in the Abbey or take any "oath of fealty" - that choice is purely at his discretion and decision. Perhaps past coronation ceremonies indicate who, in "normal" circumstances, might be expected to give the oath of fealty. Examples - going back as far as the coronation of Edward VII or George V? Or even earlier...But, noteworthy also, that George VI chose not to invite or require his elder brother the former Edward VIII to be either present or give any oath of fealty. I suspect there are other similar examples off "absences" of brothers or sons in the Abbey on coronation day. I will just add from an individual view, that if the new monarch truly wants to turn a page and start a new chapter for his own reign, that this might be a very good moment to do exactly that.
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