On Tuesday 4 May 2023, Chris Elmore MP was invited to welcome the soon-to-be crowned King to the Palace of Westminster as the Member of Parliament for Ogmore. This marks the first of many events taking place across the UK for the coronation.
The event, which can trace its historical roots back centuries, forms a vital part of the coronation ceremony whereby the King is welcomed to Parliament by MPs and Peers to Westminster Hall.
Westminster Hall is the oldest building on the Parliamentary estate. What makes it such an astonishing building is not simply its great size and the magnificence of its roof, but its central role in British history. In and around the Hall, grew up the major institutions of the British state: Parliament, the law courts and various government offices.
Closely involved in the life of the nation since the 11th century, a journey through the Hall’s past is a journey through 900 fascinating years of our history.
There have been significant changes to the coronation celebrations over the years. Whereas once the “Kings Champion” would ride into Westminster Hall on horseback in a full suit of armour and challenge anyone to a duel who disagreed with the new monarchs claim to the throne, now the Duke of Dymoke simply attends the event with the King. The last time the hereditary peer rode into Parliament on horseback was for Queen Victoria’s coronation in 1838.
Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, said:
“I was honoured to meet the King on behalf of the people of Ogmore in the Palace of Westminster ahead of the coronation on Saturday. There are moments in our nations history where we just stand back and watch the full glory of our Armed Forces and emergency services doing us proud. The coronation will be one of those moments.
As we move into a new chapter of our country’s history, I know many will be reflecting on what has gone before, but more importantly what is to come. I truly believe our best years lay ahead of us and it is incumbent on all of us to pull together in the face of division and build that fresh start.
There will be many events taking place in our community and I wish everyone a successful weekend of celebrations. I won’t tempt fate by saying the weather forecast looks like it may hold because we all know what will happen! Instead, let’s just promise to welcome in this new Carolean age with a bang!”