If I even watch the coronation it will only be because as a lover of history I might enjoy watching an old tradition. That’s it. They could do the ceremony on a kitten and I would be just as interested. Wait, no that would be more interesting. Kitten coronation pls.
(Sorry, I will have to escalate this.)
One thing in that article being a Saturday
The greeting will not be audible for most watching outside Westminster Abbey because the Chief Rabbi will be observing the Jewish Shabbat which prohibits the use of electricity, including microphones.
But what about all the other electrics like the camera and lighting. Is there a set distance from electrical items before its fine?
I’m more of a liberal republican but will watch it for the history. I also like the music and liturgy of cathedral services (especially when using the King James Version), even though I’m an atheist.
I certainly wouldn’t swear allegiance to any living person, let alone a monarch who no longer has the power to protect and serve.
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I’d sooner swear allegiance to next door’s cat (and I hate cats) than some aristocratic leech.
I think the whole coronation thing is just going to cement my view that the UK (despite the government’s talk of Britcoin and world leading technology) really wants to be seen as an insignificant Ruritanian backwater stuck out on the edge of Europe.
During a naturalisation ceremony (what one has to attend to obtain British Citizenship), you are given the option - you either swear or pledge allegiance (which is the non-religious way to do it), but you have to recite one or the other.
I’ve always been intrigued that people born here never had to do that, so I am quite liking the fact you all have to do this now
Not to go off on too much of a tangent but I’ve always found it quite strange that swearing an oath is seen as the religious way considering the bible says not to do it (which is why Quakers affirm rather than swear)
I’m pretty certain I’d fail the citizenship test if I had to take it. Couldn’t list my kings and queens for toffee, for one.
As for the swearing, ignoring the headline and reading the article, it appears to be a non-event. It implies people are being asked to swear for the first time, but really those present have always been asked to swear. It’s just been opened up to be more inclusive of those watching on TV. So while I do think it’s archaic and unnecessary and I won’t be doing so myself, given it’s always been a part of the tradition after all, seems a bit of a non-issue.