Coronation of George VI in 1937: the last time a queen consort and a king were crowned together
The last time a queen consort was crowned alongside a king was at the coronation of George VI in 1937.
The king had acceded to the throne the previous year upon the abdication of his brother, Edward VIII. A coronation date of May 12, 1937 had already been put in place for Edward but when he stepped down to marry Wallis Simpson, the new king kept the same date.
A major change was needed, however – to crown her queen consort at her side. As Edward was unmarried, the original plans did not call for a queen to be crowned.
The king had acceded to the throne the previous year upon the abdication of his brother, Edward VIII. A coronation date of May 12, 1937 had already been set for Edward but when he stepped down to marry Wallis Simpson, the new king kept the same date
At the coronation, which was not televised, the king was consecrated and crowned, then peers paid their respects before a shorter and simpler ceremony for the coronation of his wife.
The two were seen sitting side by side at Westminster Abbey and later appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with their daughters, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, both wearing small crowns.
It is the coronation of King George VI that will now provide the plan for Charles and Camilla.
When Elizabeth II was crowned in 1953, Prince Philip – as a male consort – had no right to be crowned.
Instead, he knelt down and pledged to be his “lifeline and bodily integrity man.”
It was only later, in 1957, that the Queen used Letters Patent to change her husband’s title from Prince Philip of Greece to “the titular style and dignity of a Prince of the United Kingdom of Great Britain”. Britain and Northern Ireland”.