Thanks Merlin. First, I quite agree that both the religious and the secular can be side by side at these events.
Next, you identify the sacramental function of the coronation which is a once only experience. I understand that.
The world is a far more secular place now than in the 1950s and the spiritual elevation of a person could be nigh impossible to explain to many people today.
I fear the next coronation will be viewed and presented by the media as an occasion only of pomp and ceremony devoid of religious meaning. Maybe that is too harsh.
Finally, when you mention the Commonwealth I am never sure what you mean to refer to.
You surely do not mean the Commonwealth of 54 independent states - for which the coronation has no relevance, in my view of course.
As the Queen is head of state in only 16 realms of those 54 states the the coronation would be of some relevance to the realms.
If you mean the Commonwealth to be the United Kingdom, then I understand the remarks you have made.
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