May 8th is a historically significant day here in the UK; the day when the coronation of King Charles III will take place at Westminster Abbey. This is the first British coronation that anyone under the age of 70 will have seen and there will be many celebrations taking place over the long weekend.
We have written some brand new worksheets about King Charles III at three different levels, perfect for a wide range of ages and abilities. We have also written some worksheets about coronation ceremonies to explain what they are for, what happens and of course some interesting and amusing anecdotes about previous ones. Did you know that every monarch since 1626 has sat in the same chair during their coronation ceremony? Or that the St Edward’s Crown that King Charles III will wear was originally made for King Charles II’s coronation, to replace the medieval crown said to have belonged to St Edward the Confessor that the Parliamentarians sold or melted after the Civil War?
Before photography and filming were invented, coronation ceremonies were carefully recorded in drawings and paintings. There are wonderful drawings of the long processions from both Queen Victoria’s and King George IV’s coronations. We have drawn a typical coronation procession that can be coloured in, complete with horses, carriages and of course the new King and Queen.