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King Charles 111 Coronation 👑 6th May 2023



The coronation of Charles III and his wife, Camilla, as king and queen of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms is scheduled to take place on Saturday, 6 May 2023, at Westminster Abbey. Charles acceded to the throne on 8 September 2022, upon the death of his mother, Elizabeth II.


Compared with previous coronations, the ceremony will undergo some alterations to represent multiple faiths, cultures, and communities across the United Kingdom, and will be shorter than Elizabeth II's coronation in 1953. The ceremony will begin with the anointing of Charles, symbolising his spiritual entry into kingship, and then his crowning and enthronement, representing his assumption of temporal powers and responsibilities. Camilla will be crowned in a shorter and simpler ceremony.


The royal family will then travel to Buckingham Palace in a state procession and appear on the balcony to celebrate the occasion.


In addition to the ceremony, the coronation will be marked by public celebrations. On 7th May, the 'Coronation Big Lunch' will take place, providing the public with the opportunity to mark the occasion with street parties. The 'Coronation Concert' will be held on the same day at Windsor Castle with representatives of the King and the Queen Consort's charities as well as members of the general public in attendance. On 8th May, the 'Big Help Out' initiative will take place to encourage community service and volunteering.



(NB. There is a lot of material here, probably enough to fill a couple of sessions.)

(NB. You could take screenshots for printing handouts or if you click on the first photo if you are broadcasting a slide show will open.)



Discussion


Ask members what they think of the Royal Family?

Are they more monarchist or republican?

Do they think Charles will make a good King at age 74?

What do they think about Queen Camilla?

Who will watch the 'Coronation Ceremony'?

Who will be celebrating with a 'Coronation Big Lunch' or street party?




Idioms


Ask members to complete these well known phrases together ...



The Crown JEWELS


Tower Of LONDON


Roll out the red CARPET


Drama QUEEN


Queen BEE


Pay a King's RANSOM


Battle ROYAL


A right Royal PAIN IN THE PROVERBIAL


Prince CHARMING


King of the WORLD ('Titanic' movie)


Build castles in the AIR


The emperor's new CLOTHES


On the porcelain THRONE


Prince and PAUPER


Princess and the PEA


Grand Old Duke Of YORK (How many men did he have?)


Blue BLOOD


Crowning GLORY


Jewel in the CROWN


Until Kingdom COME




Reminiscence



SONG BREAK. 'Buckingham Palace', Ann Stephens - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCdzGThASr8


Has anyone met a member of the Royal Family?

Or been at a royal occasion?




The King's Head



How much is a first class stamp these days?

T or F. The profile of the monarch on coins changes from left to right and right to left with every new King or Queen?





Name these famous people on the reverse of the current polymer Sterling notes?


Clues:


- "British Bulldog"

- 'Pride And Prejudice'

- 'The Fighting Temeraire'

- 'The Enigma Code'




His Wife



What was her previous name before marrying Charles on 9th May 2005?

Will (or should) she be 'Queen' or 'Queen Consort'?




His Ma



What was her full name?

How old was she when she became Queen?





His Family



Who was his Pa?

Who are his sister and brothers?





Line Of Succession



Name the people in the line of succession currently?





Their Mother & Grandmother



What was her maiden name?

When did she sadly die in Paris?





Some Royal Occasions



What date was the 'Coronation Of Queen Elizabeth 11'? & Where was she holidaying when she heard of the death of her father, King George V1?


What date was Prince Charles's 'Investiture' as 'Prince Of Wales'? & Which Welsh castle did it take place in?


Name these three Royal Weddings? What years were they in?


Name this Royal Funeral? Why is HM Queen Elizabeth sitting alone?



FACTOID. Charles' Investiture Crown was made with electro-magnetic plating, which was revolutionary for the time, and provided a modern twist to the historic occasion. However, difficulty crafting a metal orb centre-piece reportedly resulted in a ping-pong ball being used instead.




What date was HM Queen Elizabeth's funeral?

How far did people queue to pay their respects?

How old was she when she died?

How long was her reign?





Name these objects?

What is the most valuable diamond in the world, also featured as part of this collection?





FACTOID. 'The Stone of Scone', also known as the 'Stone of Destiny', is an oblong block of red sandstone that has been used for centuries in the coronation of the monarchs of Scotland. It will be re-inserted into the 'Coronation Throne' in Westminster Abbey for King Charles 111 Coronation on 6th May.




This lovely video was broadcast as part of the Queen's Jubilee celebration.


What sandwich does he keep in his hat and she keep in her handbag?





Some Former Kings & Queens



Name the King and Queen who led us through the Second World War? (1936 - 1952)

Name the former Royal couple? (He abdicated in 1936)

Name the King from 1910 - 1936?

Name the King from 1901 - 1910?

Name the former Queen & what was her husband's name? (1837-1901)





Who is playing the Queen in this comedy clip?





Name the six wives of Henry V111?


(The rhyme is below)





SONG BREAK. 'I'm Henry V111, I Am', Herman's Hermits - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1GS6gu1FgY


(FACTOID. Said at the time to be "the fastest-selling song in history")



King Henry VIII,

To six wives he was wedded.


One died, one survived,

Two divorced, two beheaded.


Boleyn and Howard lost their heads,

Anne of Cleves he would not bed,


Jane Seymour gave him a son -

but died before the week was done,


Aragon he did divorce,

Which just left Katherine Parr, of course!





Other Historic Kings & Queens Of England


​Which king, in the sixth century, had a round table where he and his knights met?


What was his sword called?


Which king tried to prove a point about the power of kings by pushing back the sea in Southampton circa 1016?


What did he vow to never wear again after the waves washed over him?


​Which king was killed in the Norman attack at the Battle of Hastings on October 14th, 1066?


Which historic tapestry depicts his death?


​Which king visited Sherwood Forest in 1194 and may have met Robin Hood?


Who is pictured here playing him?


​Which king who had great success against France in the 'Hundred Years War' (reign 1413-1422) did William Shakespeare write about?


Who is pictured here playing him?


​Which king's remains (reign 1483-1485) were found under a car park in Leicester in 2012?


​Which queen (reign 1558-1603) was known as 'The Virgin Queen', because she produced no heir?


Was there any relationship between her and our late queen?


​On 5th November 1605 which king were Catholic conspirators of the 'Gunpowder Plot' including Guido Fawkes trying to assassinate?


Which King hid in an oak tree after the Battle Of Worcester in 1651, before fleeing to France until his restoration to the throne in 1660? ​(Hence many pubs are called 'The Royal Oak'.)


​Which King's horse did Emily Dickinson throw herself under in the 1913 Derby?


What as a Suffragette was she fighting for?




Royal Residences



Name the boat?

Name the Royal residence? Which English county is it in?

Name the castle? Which year was part of it destroyed by fire? (The Queen called this year her "Annus Horribilis")

Name the Scottish Castle?

Name the main London residence? What road does it sit at the end of?

Name this royal residence where William and Kate live?





Which flag flies when the King is at home?




This statue of Princess Diana was unveiled in the gardens of Kensington Palace on 1st July 2021. Where is her final resting place?





When and why did Harry and Meghan leave the royal family?

What is the name of his new memoir?





Royal Honours



What occasion is this?




What do these initials of the 'Queen's Honours' stand for?


- MBE

- OBE

- CBE

- DBE (or KBE)




On which two occasions does the Queen send cards for (if requested)?





Name these Knights Of The British Empire?


Clues:


- "You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!"

- "Hannibal The Cannibal"

- "Rocket Man"

- A 'Rolling Stone'

- One of the 'Fab Four'

- Gandalf





Name these Dames Of The British Empire?


Clues:


- 'Great British Bake Off'

- 'Mary Poppins'

- 'Dynasty'

- "Twiggy"

- "Mrs Overall"

- 'Downton Abbey'






Other Royal Duties



What is this political occasion?

At which Royal event does the Queen's horse ride each year?

Where does the Queen lay a wreath of poppies each year & on what date?

What time is the 'King's Christmas Broadcast'?

Name the occasion?

Name the knight and his royal association?





FACTOID. Daniel Craig was rolling around on the floor with the Corgis at one point during the making of this film clip!


As James Bond 007 is 'defender of Queen and country', you might want to look at the 'James Bond Quiz' here - https://www.simondementia.co.uk/single-post/james-bond-music-picture-quiz




Other Massively Positive Contributions



How many nations are in 'The Commonwealth'?

For which award do you have to undertake an expedition?

Which fund provides support to young people to help them find employment?

Which games did Harry establish for injured servicemen and women?

Which prize did William and David Attenborough establish to help save the planet?




Prince Philip's Gaffes



Some of these are culturally insensitive and politically incorrect, so you might want to exclude them?





Some Other Places Associated With Royalty


Carols are broadcast from here every Christmas Eve?

Many royal services have been held here over the years?

This is named after Queen Victoria's husband?

This is named after our late Queen?




Royal Animals



What dogs did our late Queen love?

Which bird does the British monarch own?

What other animals did our late Queen love?

Name this snake?

Name this King of the jungle?

Name this hive leader?

Name this dog?

Name this bird & what does it protect?




Royal Food & Drink


Name the sponge cake?

Name the curry dish?

What was our late Queen's favourite tipple?

What is the new 'Coronation Quiche' filling?


What dish fit for a king would you make?




FACTOID. This piece of Charles & Diana's wedding cake sold recently at auction for £1,850.

(Anyone fancy eating it?)





Some Other 'Royal' Movies



Name the movies +


Who starred in the first movie?

Who starred in the second movie & what was it about?

Who starred in the third movie & what is Siam called these days?

(Trick question) Who starred in this movie & what are her royal connections?

Who starred in this movie?

Who is he holding in his hand?

Name the two characters?

Name the actor?

Name the actors & how many times did they marry?

Name the movie & the actor? ("Infamy, infamy, they've all got it in for me!")




Some 'Royal' TV Associations



Name the street and the character?

Name the pub and the TV soap opera?

Name the TV sitcom & name the characters?

Name the weatherman?

Name the one off TV charity fundraiser sponsored by the royals?

Name the TV reality show and Diana's former butler?

Name the TV sitcom and the actors?




Some Other Famous Charles



Clues:


- 'Oliver Twist'

- 'The Beagle'

- Silent movies

- French statesman

- Body builder

- Actor

- 'Peanuts'

- 'Rolling Stone'

- 'Carry On'

- "Hello, my darlings!"

- TV detective show





SONG. 'She', Charles Aznavour -


Who covered this song in the 1999 movie 'Notting Hill'?





Some Right Royal Music To Wave Flags With










And Then There Are These








FACTOIDS. HM Queen Elizabeth actually did enjoy dancing to ABBA's 'Dancing Queen'. She once said “I always try to dance when this song comes on, because I am the Queen, and I like to dance.”


Did you know Elvis turned down an invitation to meet HM Queen Elizabeth? Indeed, he reportedly turned down the opportunity to perform at the 1962 'Royal Variety Show', which would have seen him meet Her Majesty The Queen. This was because his manager feared not being allowed back into the USA if he left. So Elvis did in fact 'Return To Sender'. Oops!





And Finally







Practical Activities



You could make bunting ... Or colour in outlines of King Charles Coronation ... Or make crowns. There are lots of guides and templates on the internet.




Or you could enjoy a garden party?


Ask members to list items they would wish to include?







AND NOW FOR SOME ANSWERS



True. The direction in which the head faces should alternate between the coinage of successive monarchs.


Winston Churchill, Jane Austen, J.M.W. Turner & Alan Turing


Camilla Parker-Bowles


Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor / 25


Prince Philip, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew & Prince Edward


Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Prince Harry, Prince Archie & Princess Lilibet (Which was HM Queen Elizabeth's nickname)


Lady Diana Spencer / August 31st 1997 (aged 36)



What date was the 'Coronation Of Queen Elizabeth 11'? & Where was she holidaying when she heard of the death of her father, King George V1? - 2nd June 1953 / 'Treetops' in Kenya


What date was Prince Charles's 'Investiture' as 'Prince Of Wales'? & Which Welsh castle did it take place in? - 1st July 1969 / Caernarvon Castle


Name these three Royal Weddings? What years were they in? - Prince Charles & Lady Diana Spencer 29th July 1981, Prince William & Kate Middleton 29th April 2011 & Prince Harry & Meghan Markle 19th May 2018


Name this Royal Funeral? Why is HM Queen Elizabeth sitting alone? - Prince Philip 19th September 2022


What date was HM Queen Elizabeth's funeral? - 19th September 2022

How far did people queue to pay their respects? - 10 miles / 24 hours

How old was she when she died? - 96

How long was her reign? - 70 years and 214 days


Name these objects? - 'The Crown Jewels' / Including the Orb, Sceptre & Crown

What is the most valuable diamond in the world, also featured as part of this collection? - Cullinan I alone is estimated to be 530 carats and worth a staggering £40.9 million.


What sandwich does he keep in his hat and she keep in her handbag? - Marmalade



Name the King and Queen who led us through the Second World War? (1936 - 1952) - King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (The Queen Mother)


Name the former Royal couple? (He abdicated in 1936) - King Edward V111 & Mrs Simpson


Name the King from 1910 - 1936? - George V & Queen Mary


Name the King from 1901 - 1910? - Edward V11 & Queen Alexandra


Name the former Queen & what was her husband's name? (1837-1901) - Queen Victoria & Prince Albert



Who is playing the Queen in this comedy clip? - Harry Enfield



Name the six wives of Henry V111? - Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard & Katherine Parr




​Which king, in the sixth century, had a round table where he and his knights met? - King Arthur

What was his sword called? - Excalibur


Which king tried to prove a point about the power of kings by pushing back the sea in Southampton circa 1016? - King Canute

What did he vow to never wear again after the waves washed over him? - His crown


​Which king was killed in the Norman attack at the Battle of Hastings on October 14th, 1066? - Harold

Which historic tapestry depicts his death? - Bayeux Tapestry


​Which king visited Sherwood Forest in 1194 and may have met Robin Hood? - Richard The Lionheart

Who is pictured here playing him? - Sean Connery (In 'Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves', 1991


​Which king who had great success against France in the 'Hundred Years War' (reign 1413-1422) did William Shakespeare write about? - King Henry V

Who is pictured here playing him? - Kenneth Branagh (In 'Henry V', 1989)


​Which king's remains (reign 1483-1485) were found under a car park in Leicester in 2012? - Richard 111


​Which queen (reign 1558-1603) was known as 'The Virgin Queen', because she produced no heir? - Queen Elizabeth 1

Was there any relationship between her and our late queen? - HM Queen Elizabeth 11 was related to Elizabeth I via Henry VII's sister, Queen Margaret of Scotland


​On 5th November 1605 which king were Catholic conspirators of the 'Gunpowder Plot' including Guido Fawkes trying to assassinate? - James I of England

Which King hid in an oak tree after the Battle Of Worcester in 1651, before fleeing to France until his restoration to the throne in 1660? ​(Hence many pubs are called 'The Royal Oak'.) - Charles 11


​Which King's horse did Emily Dickinson throw herself under in the 1913 Derby? - George V

What as a Suffragette was she fighting for? - Votes for women



Name the boat? - 'Britannia'


Name the Royal residence? Which English county is it in? - 'Sandringham' / Norfolk


Name the castle? Which year was part of it destroyed by fire? (The Queen called this year her "Annus Horribilis") - 'Windsor'


Name the Scottish Castle? - 'Balmoral'


Name the main London residence? What road does it sit at the end of? - 'Buckingham Palace' / The Mall