A Monarch In The Making: From Accession to Coronation


This official publication offers a detailed, accessible account of the ancient traditions and symbolism surrounding the accession and coronation of a new British monarch. His Majesty King Charles III ascended to the throne on 8 September 2022, following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-serving monarch. For most, this was the first change of reign in living memory. But what truly happens when one monarch succeeds another?

Charting this extraordinary period of transition, the book begins with the proclamation of the new reign across the United Kingdom and King Charles’s first address to the nation. It captures the sombre moments as Their Majesties led the nation’s mourning through to the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. It then follows the new reign marked by changes to coins, banknotes, cyphers, and stamps, the first State Visits at home and abroad, and the continuation of long-held royal traditions, such as the beloved Christmas Broadcast.

Discover what went on behind the scenes as the nation prepared for the Coronation, including the stories and symbolism behind the regalia, music, and rituals used during the ceremony. With stunning photography from the day, this book provides a lasting record of the making of a monarch and offers insights into how the Coronation reflected the new reign’s values – The King and Queen’s commitment to sustainability, inclusivity, and public service.


120 pages.

21 x 25 cm.

ISBN 978 1 909741 88 1

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