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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Coronation

The basic English coronation service was devised by St Dunstan for the coronation of King Edgar in 973.

Edward V (abducted) and Edward VIII (abdicated) were the only English monarchs who never had coronations.

Charles II of England wore stilettos to his Coronation.

The coronation of Napoleon as Emperor of the French took place on Sunday December 2, 1804 at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (see below). It was was a sacred ceremony held in the great cathedral in the presence of the Pope Pius VII. Napoleon was vested in a long white satin tunic embroidered in gold thread and Josephine similarly wore a white satin empire style dress embroidered in gold thread.


In 1821 George IV excluded his unpopular wife Queen Caroline from his coronation.

As Queen Victoria was being crowned on June 28, 1838, the Archbishop of Canterbury forced the Coronation Ring on to the wrong finger. She didn't complain, but had to ice her bruised finger later.

An emergency royal appendectomy led to the postponement of Edward VII’s coronation in 1901.

The Stone of Scone, traditional coronation stone of British monarchs, was taken from Westminster Abbey by Scottish nationalist students on Christmas Day 1850. It later turned up in Scotland three and a half months later.


The first outside broadcast on UK television was the Coronation of George VI in 1937.

Queen Elizabeth II of Britain was crowned in Westminster Abbey, 16 months after the death of her father, King George VI in 1953. It was the first coronation to be televised and millions watched worldwide.

Coronation Chicken was first made for the coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953.

 A “coronation spoon” has been used at every English coronation since 1349 to anoint the monarch with a secret mixture of oils.

Only one of the 17 wives of Emperor Bokassa of the Central African Republic was allowed to attend his lavish coronation in 1977.

Source Daily Express

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