King Edward VIII was King for 11 months, having never been crowned before he abdicated.
King George VI was King for “only” 6 months before he was crowned.
Queen Elizabeth II was Queen for a solid 16 months before she was crowned.*
Why such long gaps? I get that there should customarily be a period of mourning for the previous monarch - say, six months. But why even beyond the period of mourning for the previous monarch?
Also, I was too lazy to look at the ascensions/coronations of monarchs previous to Edward VIII - does the tradition precede Edward’s lineage?
And a further question: 'twixt being notified of their predecessor’s death and the decision on a regnal name, how long does the monarch have?**
*The Crown suggests that Elizabeth II and Winston Churchill struck a deal in that she would delay her coronation so that he could hold on to power.
**The Crown suggested that it was a matter of hours, if not less. She’s in Africa, being notified of her father’s death; cut to, she’s on the plane home, and she and her adviser are discussing her name.