On 23 April 1661, Charles II was crowned – almost a year after he was restored to the thrones of England, Scotland, and Ireland.
His coronation was not just a lavish ceremony but was also a deeply political event; it was a powerful moment for the king to demonstrate his authority and majesty to his subjects, allies, and enemies.
This talk will look at the preparations for the coronation, the ceremony itself, and retells how the lavish day unfolded for the king.
This talk will be presented by Dr Neil Johnston, Head of Early Modern Records
This event is part of Royalty on Record: Celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. In 2022, Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British monarch to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee after 70 years on the throne. To mark this momentous occasion, The National Archives is digitising records from our collections about Her Majesty’s life, coronation and reign as well as revealing interesting and intriguing tales from royal history. Find out more here.
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