The Archbishop of Canterbury will call a ‘choir of millions’ to recite an oath of loyalty to the British monarchy
Next week’s coronation of King Charles III will feature an invitation for all Britons to pledge allegiance to the new monarch and his descendants in what organizers have touted as a “chorus of millions.”
The ceremony has been revised to include a “tribute of the people” rather than the traditional “peer tribute” in which the dukes pledge allegiance to the sovereign, according to plans announced by the Church of England on Saturday.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will appeal to “all people of good will” in the United Kingdom and its territories – those attending the ceremony at Westminster Abbey and those watching on television or on the internet – to recite the following vows: “I swear that I will pay true allegiance to Your Majesty and your heirs and successors according to law, so help me God.” The Archbishop will then proclaim, “God save the king” and asks everyone to answer: “God save King Charles. Long live King Charles. May the king live forever.
The public engagement is among several modifications to a ceremony with ancient traditions, some dating back almost half a millennium. “Our hope is at that time, when the Archbishop invites people to join them, that people wherever they are, if they are watching alone at home, watching TV, will say it out loud this feeling of a great cry around the nation and the whole world of support for the king”, said a Lambeth Palace spokesperson.
Among other changes to the traditional ceremony, the coronation will feature female clergy playing prominent roles and leaders of other religions presenting the king with regalia for the events, including his robe, ring and gifts. wristbands. A hymn will be sung in Welsh, Scottish Gaelic and Irish Gaelic. The service will celebrate tradition while adding “new elements that reflect the diversity of our contemporary society”, said the archbishop.
However, King Charles III will take the traditional oaths, including a pledge to maintain “Reformed Protestant Religion”. The Archbishop will preface the oath by saying that the Church of England will seek to foster an environment where “people of all faiths and creeds can live freely.”
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