The Coronation
of English and British
Kings and Queens

Beginning with the coronation of James I in 1603 there have been sixteen English-language coronations of English, or from 1714 British, monarchs. Before that, upto and including the coronation of Elizabeth I, the service had been conducted in Latin.

This site will provide the texts of the services for all sixteen English-language coronations, showing the (mostly minor) revisions made each time, and the occasional quite major variation. Throughout all this time the heart of the rite has remained unchanged, and indeed the coronation of James I is essentially a straight translation from the Latin of the mediaeval rite, the Liber Regalis, together with the use of the Communion Service from the Book of Common Prayer, instead of the Latin Mass.

Currently we provide the order of service for the two most recent coronations, that of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, and that of her parents King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1937.

The first version of this page was published online on 11 April 1994.

Ownership

I do not claim any original ownership in this text. However, I did take some trouble to obtain, retype and format it. As a courtesy I ask you not to redistribute this text without my agreement. In particular this text should not be sold in any form whatsoever.

Some of this material may be considered copyright (or the equivalent) in some countries. Anyone wishing to reproduce this text should establish whether this is the case and seek appropriate permission. As the copyright owner of this particular re-typing, my permission is also necessary.

Sources

Since the Coronation of King George II and Queen Caroline in 1727, the official Order of Service has been printed by the Royal Printer, and published in advance of the service, and in each case these texts have been used here.

These post-1727 texts follow very closely the texts published after many of the preceding coronations, and which themelves were based on the manuscript editions that were actually used at the coronations. The same forms of words in both speech and rubric occur throughout the series, each coronation being based on the text of its predecessor, back to the last major revision (or recension) made in 1689 for the joint coronation of King William III and Queen Mary II.

For the coronations of James I and Charles I, scholarly editions of the manuscripts made in the 19th century have been followed.


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