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King Charles III has a rainy coronation day like his mother

Some people say that rain on a wedding day is good luck – but what about a coronation day? Well, rain for it Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II 1953 and during the rains The coronation of his son, King Charles III.

According to the weather record for June 2, 1953, the morning began with clouds and “a shower or two” that grew heavy. According to the UK Met Office, cloudy weather continued throughout the day and it was cold in June.

British royal Elizabeth II, wearing the Imperial State Crown, and her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, are seen through the window of the gold state coach as they return to Buckingham Palace during the coronation procession in London, England, 2nd June 1953. The coronation took place at Westminster Abbey.

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As journalist Ellen Castello wrote for Historic UK: “The only problem on the actual day was the typical British weather…it poured with rain!”

During the coronation of King Charles III on May 6, a tent was erected at the entrance to Westminster Abbey to protect guests from the rain. The weather was 57 degrees Fahrenheit and rain, which was expected to continue into the afternoon.


Britain’s King Charles III rides the Diamond Jubilee State Coach during the ‘King’s Procession’, a two kilometer journey to Westminster Abbey in central London, May 6, 2023, ahead of his coronation.

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The two coronations have some other similarities. Both kings assumed the role after their parents’ deaths, but their coronations took place months later. Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation did not take place for more than a year after the death of her father, King George VI, in 1952. King Charles III is being crowned almost eight months after his mother’s death.

At 74, King Charles III is the oldest person to hold the crown of a British monarch. Queen Elizabeth II was not the youngest, but she was only 25 years old when she became king. He was also from Britain Longest reigning king – and one of the world’s longest-serving monarchs – reigned for more than 70 years until his death last year at the age of 96.

Coronation of Elizabeth II

A high-angle view of spectators, some sheltered under umbrellas, watching the coronation of Elizabeth II from opposite Westminster Abbey in Westminster, London, England, 2nd June 1953.

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Crowds near Trafalgar Square open their umbrellas to take shelter from the rain ahead of the coronation of Britain’s King Charles III and Britain’s Queen Consort Camilla, in central London on May 6, 2023.

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Both were crowned in Westminster Abbey, as is customary. But there were some differences. Charles’ wife Camilla will be crowned with him. he was Initially given the title Queen’s consort, but referred to as Queen on coronation invitations. Charles’ father, Prince Philip, was not crowned with Queen Elizabeth in 1953. But he was by his wife’s side most of the important days.

Charles’ event is smaller than his mother’s – with about 2,000 guests, compared to her 8,000. The regalia they will wear will be different, as will Charles’ swearing-in and the procession route back to Buckingham Palace.

But once back at the palace, senior members of the royal family will gather on the balcony for their signature photo op, just as Queen Elizabeth II did on her coronation day.

Coronation of King Charles III

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