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Charles will be sorely tempted to overhaul the coronation. Here’s why he should resist

Know your country—and know your history

By Andrew Brown   September 2017

Another time, another country: a view on the last coronation in 1953. Photo: ROLLS PRESS/POPPERFOTO/GETTY IMAGES

The coronation ceremony is more than a piece of antique flummery. It is an enactment of the kind of nation we think we are. Getting the performance right is also the most important way the next king can secure legitimacy, something which is going to be especially important during the next transition, which could be—as Emily Andrews argues—uniquely risky for the monarchy. The public is not in love with the idea of King Charles…

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