Anywhere you can dream is good, providing the place is obscure, and the horizon is vast.—Victor Hugo
Herewith a brief, speculative note about the coronation of King Charles of England, taking place on Saturday. I have the feeling it could be an eye-opener and therefore a fiasco.
Some time ago I happened to come across, I forget why, the video of the last English coronation in 1953. The accidental girl Queen, Elizabeth II, who was only made possible by the forced abdication of King Edward VIII in 1936.
My predisposition to a fiasco is based upon that BBC video. The 1953 spectacle was way, way over the top. See for yourself. Beyond reality and common sense. And not in a good, fairy-tale way. Rather, in a ludicrous way. I have nothing against monarchy.
Actually, I’m pro-monarchy. I’m just aghast and annoyed at the modern-day British monarchy and at what England has become. Which is something of a joke.
If the King Charles coronation ceremony should be as bizarre as that of 1953, it could spell the end. Charles is a true non-entity, an absolute figure-head with no purpose and, in sharp contrast to the un-coronated Edward VIII, he is not likable. His double-dealing treatment of Princess Diana can hardly be forgotten.
Will 2023 be like 1953? Loaded with grandiosity and antique madness? At this late date, pomp and circumstance make no sense. A simple coronation would be more dignified, in keeping with England’s greatly reduced status in the world and the disappearance of the British Empire.
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