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Hundreds of steps every day: This is how Charles and Camilla rehearse for the coronation


To ensure that there are no mishaps at the coronation, the palace spares no expense or effort. The coronation stage is now being specially recreated for King Charles and Camilla.

To ensure that there are no mishaps at the coronation, the palace spares no expense or effort.

The coronation stage is now being specially recreated for King Charles and Camilla.

London – The coronation on May 6th is approaching and preparations in London are in full swing.

Nothing should be left to chance at the ceremony.

Before the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II (96, † 2022) on June 2, 1953, Westminster Abbey was completely closed for weeks so that rehearsals and set-up could take place in peace.

King Charles III wants that.

(74) now apparently to be avoided at all costs.

Charles and Camilla practice at Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey remains open to visitors

A palace insider told the

Daily Mail

that King Charles was "not interested in closing the abbey to deprive the public of space or deprive the abbey of income." So those in charge came up with something very special: In the ballroom of the Buckingham Palace an identical replica of the Coronation Stage is being built, effectively a miniature version of Westminster Abbey.

King Charles III

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King Charles III

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"It's a big undertaking.

The builders are currently working on it.

It will be an exact replica of the raised stage or 'theater' that will be built at the abbey when the king and queen are crowned," says a source of the covert operation called the Golden Orb ), which is intended to ensure that no mishaps happen that day.

"There are many steps and many people who take part in it."

For King Charles and King Consort Camilla (75) it is now climbing stairs, climbing stairs, climbing stairs.

Coronation of British monarchs

The coronation of the British monarchs traditionally takes place in Westminster Abbey in London.

In the solemn ceremony, the Archbishop of Canterbury inaugurates the Queen or King.

Parts of the service are the taking of the oath by the monarch, the presentation of the Bible and the crown jewels, the anointing and finally the coronation with the St. Edward's crown.

"A feat of endurance": King Charles and Camilla practice climbing stairs

The steps of the replica should have exactly the same dimensions so that there are no missteps on the day of the coronation.

Complicating matters in the truest sense of the word are the crowns and robes Charles and Camilla will be wearing during the ceremony.

"In her mid-70s and weighed down by crowns and heavy robes, it will be a feat of perseverance.

So it's crucial that the staircase doesn't come as a surprise during the day

," the palace insider said, according to the

Daily Mail


Incidentally, Queen Elizabeth II is said to have practiced in the ballroom of Buckingham Palace in 1953 – with a bed sheet over her shoulders.


Queen Elizabeth II (right) also had to climb numerous steps at her coronation in 1953.

Camilla and Charles (left) can now recreate the stairs to the stage in Buckingham Palace.


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In contrast to Queen Elizabeth, King Charles and his wife Camilla have to be considerate of each other, their steps have to be perfectly coordinated during the double coronation.

Once the Buckingham Palace replica of Westminster Abbey is complete, the two can rehearse for the ceremony so that nothing goes wrong on their big day.

In preparation, Charles is also supposed to watch footage of his mother's coronation 70 years ago, when he was only four years old.

The monarch will then also be supported by his grandchildren at the superlative event, George, Charlotte and Louis will also play a role in the coronation.

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List of rubrics: © IMAGO/i Images/UIG

Source: merkur

All news articles on 2023-03-22

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