Vivat Rex Carolus!

But was this Coronation a beginning, or an end?

Tony Atkinson
5 min readMay 7, 2023
Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

“God save the King!” They shouted. “Long live the King! May the King live forever!”

The last won’t happen, anyhow. Truth be told, not that much chance of the second, either. Charles III is 74, ten years older than I, and even should he prove as long-lived as his parents did, he has perhaps twenty or twenty-five years left in him. Granted, his grandmother lived to be 100 — a testament to the preservative powers of gin and Dubonnet, some have said — but that case was different. For all the constant reminders that a Coronation is a ‘once in a lifetime event’ I know that, barring disaster, my children and grandchildren will live to see William and Kate crowned, even if I don’t.

So we have to ask ourselves why a man, at an age where most people are have been retired for several years already, bothered at all? A man who has commanded a Naval vessel, visited more countries than some folk have ever heard of, has had more than his share of family problems, helped, through untiring charity work and advocacy, hundreds if not thousands of people, who is wealthier than most, should take on, in late life, one of the more difficult roles the world offers.

One may speak of a sense of duty, of course, and that is part of it.

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Tony Atkinson

Snapper-up of unconsidered trifles, walker of paths less travelled by. Writer of fanfiction. Player of games. argonaut57@gmail.com