One of the more obscure byways of law and religion.
The Coronation of HM King Charles III will take place on Saturday 6 May. The Cabinet Office has announced that “In line with His Majesty’s wish for the event to be rooted in tradition but reflective of today, and in accordance with Government advice” it has created a Coronation Claims Office to consider claims to perform a historic or ceremonial role at the Coronation. It replaces the Court of Claims, which fulfilled a similar role for HM Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation in 1953.
When looking at claims, the Coronation Claims Office will consider matters including whether or not the role or service was performed in 1953, what the basis is for it to be performed now and the claimant’s connection to those who previously performed the role or service.
Officials from the Coronation Claims Office will consult with ecclesiastical experts from Lambeth Palace and ceremonial experts from the Royal Household when considering claims.
All claims must be submitted in writing to the Coronation Claims Office by 5.30 pm on Friday 3 February 2023.
See also Victoria Ward, Daily Telegraph, King Charles keeps 700-year-old tradition as he issues call for Coronation claims.