Though Queen Elizabeth has become one of the most beloved monarchs to ever take the British throne, there will be a day in the future when someone else will have to succeed her. Her eldest son, Prince Charles, is next in line for the throne and after him will be his eldest son, Prince William.
If the day shall ever come when William, 36, takes the throne, then we can expect his wife, Kate Middleton, also 36, to have a private ceremony when she becomes Queen Consort. And, according to the royal family’s official website, Kate’s coronation ceremony won’t be too extravagant as to not upsage her husband becoming King.
“A Queen Consort is crowned with the King, in a similar but simpler ceremony,” the site explained, adding that this rule will remain in effect “unless decided otherwise” and has been a royal tradition for decades.
When Kate’s coronation does take place, the Duchess of Cambridge should expect her ceremony to be much different than Queen Elizabeth’s 1953 event. The Queen’s coronation was televised and watched by 27 million people in London alone and tons more around the world. “I’ve seen one coronation, and been the recipient in the other, which is pretty remarkable,” the Queen previously said in the royal documentary, The Coronation. “It is sort of a pageant of chivalry and old-fashioned way of doing things really.”
In honor of the 65th anniversary of her coronation, Queen Elizabeth, 92, also recalled the overwhelming moment when she had to read her speech during the ceremony. “You can’t look down to read the speech, you have to take the speech up. Because if you did, your neck would break and it [the crown] would fall off,” she revealed before she jokingly pointed out, “There are some disadvantages to crowns, but otherwise they are quite important things.” We can’t wait for William and Kate’s coronation ceremonies one day!
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