As the leader of the monarchy, King Charles III, 74, has a responsibility to perform his royal duties effectively and efficiently, and that means taking steps to ensure his health and well-being for the day of his coronation.
The solemn ceremony will follow the protocol of Operation Golden Orb, including traditions and important historical milestones.
King Charles’s demands for the day before his coronation
Charles III has made a sharp decision regarding his participation in royal duties close to his coronation, The Mirror newspaper reported. The monarch has informed his aides that he will not participate in any royal duties after 6:00 pm on May 5 in order to rest and ensure he will be in the best possible shape for the historic ceremony.
On the eve of the big event, King Charles will host a reception and dinner for members of the Commonwealth at Buckingham Palace. However, according to the aforementioned tabloid, he will retire early from the reception to rest and prepare for the next day.
This decision has been harshly criticized by some, the Telegraph newspaper reported that “there are some logistical challenges caused by the King. He doesn’t want to do anything in the evening in case he gets tired, so there will be no party.”
Queen Elizabeth, at the time, participated in a dinner without complaint a day before her coronation, leading some to wonder if King Charles’ decision is excessive. However, taking care of his health and taking the necessary time to rest and prepare for such an important day should be respected.
When is the coronation of King Charles?
The coronation of King Charles III of England will take place at Westminster Abbey on Saturday, May 6, 2023. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will officiate at a service where the king will take the Coronation Oath, be anointed with consecrated oil, receive the orb and scepters, and have the glittering Crown of St. Edward placed on his head.
Charles III and Camilla will arrive from the Palace in an event known as the “King’s Procession”. As a curious fact, Charles has been in charge of personally choosing the 12 pieces that will be interpreted during the ceremony.
Undoubtedly, the coronation is considered one of the most important events for British royalty in many years, so it is understandable that the King of England wants to be in the best possible shape for the occasion.