The Coronation of the King is coming, and we have been urged to pledge allegiance, which if you didn’t read the the Mail et al, you might not be aware of.
The long weekend is expected to cost British taxpayers at least £100 million.
However, millions of people watching the Coronation will be asked to swear an oath to King Charles this Saturday
People watching the ceremony will be invited to say the words: “I swear that I will pay true allegiance to Your Majesty, and to your heirs and successors according to law – so help me God.”
The Coronation oath in full reads: “I swear that I will pay true allegiance to Your Majesty, and to your heirs and successors according to law. So help me God.”
This will be followed by a fanfare, and Mr Welby will then say: “God Save The King”, with all asked to respond: “God Save King Charles. Long Live King Charles. May The King live forever.”
Graham Smith, a spokesman for anti-monarchy group Republic, said: “In a democracy it is the head of state who should be swearing allegiance to the people, not the other way around.”
The Archbishop of Canterbury will be the one to invite the public to take part in a “great cry around the nation and around the world of support for the King”.
As Zoe Williams writes in the Guardian: “No, I’m sorry, this is ridiculous. What does “true allegiance” even entail? How would it differ from false allegiance? According to which law? I mean, sure, I’m happy not to murder you or steal your stuff, if those are the kinds of laws you are talking about.”
Or a real Count?!
This is just jaw-dropping…