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Old 10-31-2016, 05:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Nawth Chucka View Post
His reign begins immediately on his mother's death. The coronation is for everyone else to see that he's King and for any other heads of state that care to show their recognition of his accession. It doesn't make him King, divine right/tradition does that.
Tradition made effective by the "powers that be" - at that point, first the Privy Council (i.e., senior politicians) and then Members of Parliament making a new oath of allegiance, with the official proclamation in between. But as noted above, there have been cases where one or other of those processes was interrupted or ignored by substantive acts of power. Hard to imagine that happening with a now mostly ornamental monarchy, but not theoretically impossible.

Coronation adds a religious sanction to the new reign: and being a big public ceremony, takes a lot of preparation and organisation (imagine the complications of planning a wedding to satisfy the most distant cousins of both families and most of the population of the town, and multiply that by 100). I suppose technically, one could see the period between accession and coronation as probationary - which was one reason why the question of Edward VIII's marriage had to be settled quickly.