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King Charles III’s Coronation Ceremony Has an Essential Element That’s Hundreds of Years Old

King Charles III‘s upcoming coronation ceremony is rich in history. However, some elements have more historical significance than others. One element includes an ancient ingredient that is hundreds of years old and has been used at every coronation ceremony in the House of Windsor, including for Charles’ mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

King Charles III and the Imperial State Crown at the opening of Parliament | Alastair Grant/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Coronations symbolize the transfer of power from one monarch to another

Coronations are more symbolic than official. When one monarch dies, their heir immediately assumes the throne. Within days, the Accession Council gathers at St James’ Palace, London, England, to legally confirm that the change in monarchy has taken place.



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