PETER HITCHINS: King Charles can cut the pomp all he likes – it will never be enough for our ruling radicals
Is the Coronation going to be a flop? It is impossible to be sure as we know so little about it, but far too many of the signs are bad. How can things go well when the official food for the occasion is a sort of vegetarian flan?
Will our new King be dedicating his life to God, as his mother did, or to Net Zero, as he seems to want to do? How Christian will the ceremony be? I am all for welcoming other faiths, but it is our Christian laws, customs, culture and civilisation which have drawn so many to come to live here. And I believe it is our Anglican settlement which creates the tolerant space in which other beliefs rightly flourish among us.
Few people realise that we are the last nation in the world to have such a ceremony. The other remaining kings and queens of Europe have low-key inaugurations, about as majestic as the induction of a new head teacher.
Ours is a ritual of memory, power, loyalty and acclaim, stretching back a thousand years into the very origins of Christian Europe. And if you read the order of service from the 1953 event, or watch the film of it, you will get a strong sense that the monarchy of the time was not ashamed to exist.
Is the Coronation going to be a flop? It is impossible to be sure as we know so little about it, but far too many of the signs are bad, writes Peter Hitchins
Each day there are more rumours of a less traditional Coronation
I am not sure this is true now. It was obvious that something had gone badly wrong at the funeral of the late Duke of Edinburgh, when the Queen’s Majesty was compelled by our Government of National Panic to sit alone with half her face concealed by a mask, which I must describe as ‘probably useless’.
When the Queen died last year, I was moved enough to queue for hours to see her lying-in-state. But I have never forgiven the authorities for the muffled, underpowered ceremonies surrounding her death. This was the most important death since that of Winston Churchill in 1965 – which was marked by a great triumph worthy of the Roman Empire and ending with crowds lining the railway tracks as he was carried home on a steam train to the heart of the countryside of the nation he saved.
Millions (including me) would have stood by the line had the Royal Train been used to carry the Queen back from Scotland to London, or from London to Windsor or (preferably) both. But no, she was hurried south in an aircraft and then driven in a boring motor car to Windsor, after a startlingly thin military parade. Were those in charge afraid of the past?
When the Queen died last year, I was moved enough to queue for hours to see her lying-in-state. But I have never forgiven the authorities for the muffled, underpowered ceremonies surrounding her death. Pictured: The late Queen’s funeral
The radicals who rule the country see all such moves as signs of weakness. And those who treasure a thousand years of majesty know that it will not last much longer if it carries on like this
Each day there are more rumours of a less traditional Coronation.
Well, I shall never be a Royal adviser. Charles long ago decided I was unacceptable and cancelled a meeting he had originally wanted to have with me, because his politically correct aides warned him against it. But if I had gone, I should have said to him, and say again now, that it is no use trying to please or placate the enemies of the Crown. Do what you like. Submit to taxes, embrace political correctness, wear a mask and sit alone at your own spouse’s low-key funeral, cut back on the pomp, sideline your embarrassing relatives. It will do no good.
The radicals who rule the country see all such moves as signs of weakness. And those who treasure a thousand years of majesty know that it will not last much longer if it carries on like this.
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