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King's Coronation experts in the media

Academics from King's are sharing their expertise in the media, discussing the Coronation of King Charles III, explaining the meaning behind the many traditions and what we can expect to see beyond the ceremony.

Dr George Gross, Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Theology and Religious Studies appeared in the The Telegraph, the Express and Daily Mail answering questions about who will attend the Coronation this year.

Dr George Gross and Dr David Crankshaw, Lecturer in the History of Early Modern Christianity lead the British Coronations Project, c.973 - present and have written a piece for The Conversation on the coronation oath. Dr Gross has discussed the project on NPR.

Dr Gross was also quoted on whether tradition will dictate the ceremony on MSN and he was interviewed by the Express on Prince William's role at the ceremony.

coronation chair

Dr Gross was interviewed by the BBC about the significance of the extremely fragile Coronation chair which has been restored for the occasion. He is also quoted in The Telegraph, Tatler, Yahoo! UK and Ireland and MSN.

'In recent Coronations the high-backed gothic chair has been left uncovered, but he says in the Tudor and Stuart eras it would have been covered by a lavish cloth of gold.' The Coronation has a strong religious element, and Dr Gross highlights the sense of the ancient chair having acquired its own sacred status - as a "deeply mystical relic" - which was seen as "emitting a form of spiritual radioactivity".– The BBC quotes Dr George Gross

Dr George Gross commented on the reduced role of the Gold State Coach for the Coronation in The Sunday Telegraph (print), The Daily Telegraph, MSN, Yahoo! UK and Ireland, Yahoo! News USA and in publications in France and Spain.

Additionally, he appeared in the Daily Express and MSN in an article focussing on King Charles' involvement in the planning of the Coronation.

royal robes

Dr Gross was interviewed by The Telegraph (also in Closer, Yahoo! France) as the King's sacred Coronation robes are revealed.

The Monarch will appear in a number of symbolic garments including the Colobium Sindonis to the Imperial Robe.

Dr David Crankshaw, Lecturer in the History of Early Modern Christianity commented in the Daily Star around the Coronation displaying the 'values and aspirations' of the royal family. Dr Crankshaw also spoke with RTVE (Spain's largest national broadcaster) about the broader history behind the Coronation ceremony.

Dr Gross has also been featured on CBC and Ukranian 1+1 and in The Financial Times and AP News talking about the attributes of coronation and old but new traditions. 

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Research Professor at King’s Centre for British Politics and Government, explained the reaction British society could have to King Charles’ Coronation in The New York Times, The International New York Times, the Financial Times, The Boston Globe, Khaleej Times and on Times Radio. Professor Bogdanor was also quoted about how the Commonwealth will be represented at the Coronation in the Daily Express.

Professor David Edgerton, Professor of History, explained the factors that will make Charles’ nation less influential than the UK Queen Elizabeth reigned over in the Huffington Post UK.

Dr Nigel Fletcher, a Teaching Fellow in Politics and Contemporary History, gave an interview to CBS, discussing how King Charles III's role will change.

Dr Michelle Clement, Lecturer at The Strand Group, King's Policy Institute, and researcher in residence at No.10 Downing Street, was a guest on 'The Rundown' PoliticsHome podcast, talking about the monarch and their prime ministers.

George CNN

On the day of the Coronation itself, Dr George Gross gave live commentary as the day's events unfolded. Dr Gross was at Buckingham Palace to speak with CNN. He was also interviewed by BBC Radio 5 Live at Westminster Abbey, and shared expertise with France24. Dr Joan Redmond, Lecturer in Early Modern British History featured on RTÉ News, reflecting on British-Irish relations and history around the Coronation.

A special programme aired on BBC One the day after the Coronation, looking at the tradition of holding British street parties to mark royal celebrations. Dr George Gross shared his expertise, explaining the history behind the tradition and how people have celebrated Coronations this way for many centuries.

In this story

David Crankshaw

David Crankshaw

Lecturer in the History of Early Modern Christianity

George Gross

George Gross

Visiting Research Fellow

Vernon Bogdanor

Vernon Bogdanor

Research Professor at the Centre for British Politics and Government

Nigel  Fletcher

Nigel Fletcher

Teaching Fellow in Politics and Contemporary History

Michelle Clement

Michelle Clement


David Edgerton

David Edgerton

Hans Rausing Professor of the History of Science and Technology and Professor of Modern British History

Joan Redmond

Joan Redmond

Senior Lecturer in Early Modern British History

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