Here is the Coronation photo where Charles and Camilla really looked happy -- they're on the balcony, it's over, they made it, and nobody stumbled, collapsed, or dropped the Crown Jewels.
The poem follows the story of a woman invited to attend a coronation and uses lines from Samuel Pepys diary, which described his encounter with the coronation of King Charles II, pointing to the historical significance of the occasion.
She’ll watch it again on the ten o’clock newsfrom the armchair throne in her living room:did the cameras notice her coral pink hator her best coat pinned with the hero’s medal she gotfor being herself? The invitation is proppedon the mantelpiece by the carriage clock.She adorned the day with ordinariness;she is blessed to have brought the extraordinary home.And now she’ll remember the house sparrowshe thought she’d seen in the abbey roofarcing from eave to eave, beyond and above.
The Trudeaus looked terrific:
What. A. Day.— The Prince and Princess of Wales (@KensingtonRoyal) May 6, 2023
Thank you to everyone who made it happen #Coronation pic.twitter.com/qaYFXSjjli
Images like this from the Coronation are helping Conservatives lose their minds again today. Gorgeous Justin and Sophie Trudeau represent Canada well on the world stage. Meanwhile, the creepy Poilievres couldn't attend. Neither can pass a security check.#IStandWithTrudeau 🍁 https://t.co/5Zq7nRB5tt— Skipjack Rabbit (@Elizabe82475682) May 6, 2023
Mary Simon tweeted this photo of Canadian delegation members:
The Canadian delegation 🇨🇦 arriving at the #Coronation of Canada’s king, King Charles III.— Canadian Crown 🇨🇦 (@Canadian_Crown) May 6, 2023
The delegation is led by flag bearer & Canadian astronaut Jeremy Hansen, followed by Governor General Simon & Whit Fraser, & Prime Minister Trudeau & Sophie Trudeau. #cdnpoli #cdncrown pic.twitter.com/5pXearDEO1
And here's a fascinating thread about the Governor-General Simon's dress:
Canada and the United Kingdom share a long-standing and deep-rooted partnership.#GGSimon was pleased to meet with members of the Canadian delegation who are representing our country at the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III. pic.twitter.com/0ceeaAvDy0— Governor General of Canada (@GGCanada) May 5, 2023
Beatrice Deer is a singer-songwriter who was born in Quaqtaq, Nunavik (Quebec). She has been sewing since the age of 13. By the time she turned 15, she was making clothing for herself and for family members. pic.twitter.com/FZzScmq2ML— Governor General of Canada (@GGCanada) May 6, 2023
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrive at Westminster Abbey to lead The King’s #Coronation Procession to Buckingham Palace. 👑🐴🇨🇦#cdnpoli #cdncrown #RCMP pic.twitter.com/AmuFTPbiWj— Canadian Crown 🇨🇦 (@Canadian_Crown) May 6, 2023
Our animals at London Zoo are joining in with the #CoronationBigLunch! 🥬 Are you? @edencommunities #Coronation #BankHolidayWeekend pic.twitter.com/hfzEiq2R1v— London Zoo (@zsllondonzoo) May 6, 2023
In The Guardian, journalist Rachel Cooke writes a column that summed up the whole coronation experience - It was ludicrous but also magnificent: the coronation stirred every emotion:
Villagers on Vanuatu’s Tanna island held up a photo of King Charles III to commemorate his #coronation and gave speeches. #KingCharles #KingCharlesCoronation https://t.co/GSRDdjajqV pic.twitter.com/Lhif0aoYM8— The Caribbean Prince (@Freedom16356531) May 7, 2023
...A drum horse called Apollo would not behave, skittering sideways determinedly. But in the diamond jubilee state coach – this one comes with both suspension and air conditioning – the queen’s hands were folded calmly in her lap. In their white ermine capes, cosy together on their quilted bench, their majesties looked like a couple of elderly polar bears on tour. Their hard-won, second-chance coupledom had never been to me more gently touching, every bit as much a symbol of 21st-century Britain as the sound of a gospel choir, or a Hindu prime minister reading from the Epistle to the Colossians...At the abbey, there was too much to take in. An embarrassment of colour and pomp and crazy jewellery. It was huge and hideous, exquisite and sacred, all at once. My dear, the outfits!... I confess to tearfulness when Charles, now in a plain linen shirt, knelt before the altar; and later on, as he put his arms into his gold robe, there was something so tender in the manner of the churchmen who dressed him. The king’s studied helplessness was peculiarly moving; in that moment, he had an invalid quality, a feeling that he was moving beyond something – though what that something might be, precisely, I cannot say. His face was almost plangent. He left the smiles to Camilla, and in so doing, made the moment when his son kissed him a fully sentimental one, his quiet “Thank you, William” his only real display of emotion. By now, I think I was – perhaps we were all – a bit agog....The archbishop spoke of the king being “set apart” for the service of his people, and the coronation makes this manifest. You can feel it happening. Already, we think of him differently; he used to be plain Charles, a vessel for moaning and waiting and a certain kind of purposelessness. Henceforth, however, we may ourselves be saying, as we did with the queen before him, that while we are not royalists or anything like it, we have time for the king....He’s in context now. The past and the future, history woven through him. Even the most ardent republican must find it astonishing,...
If we did not have the monarchy, then what?
Do we wish to be Republic like the USA?
Australia has struggled with the problem for years and have not come up with a solution that the majority likes!!
Perhaps; better the devil you know ?
A Trumpian republic; shudder!!!!
Yes, I'm fine with keeping the monarchy as is.
I want our governor general and senate to keep on being mostly ceremonial and mostly lacking in any actual power or responsibility -- certainly not the kind of Senate that bedevils the US. If we ever changed it, any new leader or body we created to replace the monarchy would undoubtedly insist on having some actual power or responsibility for something.
This is, by the way, also why I support the continuation of our FPTP system with the Commons -- not perfect, but its also the devil we know too....
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