The Ultimate Windsor Ceremonials: Coronations and Investitures

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Modern Monarchy book series (PSMM)


Coronations and investitures are revisited to reflect on how, politically and in terms of representation in the public life of the nation, the Windsors negotiated with political figures and the media to achieve a relevance and support for their continuing role. There was a will to make monarchy more accessible through such occasions, and questions are asked about how far this succeeded, and how important the monarchical role was perceived to be by the political elites of the day as well as by the media industry. The willingness of the Windsors to utilise advances in media technology in relation to such events, as part of their modernisation, is also considered. This chapter will ask how far public celebratory ceremonials were changed in ways that has made them particularly ‘Windsor’, and the extent to which it was the royal family that drove change.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Contemporary British History, King’s College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.School of LawPlymouth UniversityLondonUK
  3. 3.GodalmingUK

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