WIN a Copy of The Throne – 1,000 Years of British Coronations

The Throne - 1,000 Years of British Coronations
The Throne - 1,000 Years of British Coronations


In all, thirty-nine coronations have been held in Westminster Abbey, beginning with King Harold II on 6 January 1066. Only two monarchs – Edward V and Edward VIII – were uncrowned, and a further twenty or so Scottish monarchs were crowned, usually at either Scone Abbey or Holyrood Abbey.

In The Throne, published by The History Press, author Ian Lloyd turns his inimitable, quick-witted style to these key events in British Royal history, providing fascinating anecdotes and interesting facts: from William the Conqueror’s Christmas Day crowning, when jubilant shouts were mistaken by his guards as an assassination attempt, to the dual coronation of King William and Queen Mary in 1689. From the pared-back ‘Half Crown-ation’ of King William IV to the televised spectacle of Queen Elizabeth II’s 1953 ceremony.

Lloyd also introduces key elements of the service, such as the Coronation Chair made for King Edward I and the famously uncomfortable Gold State Coach, as well as changes in the Crown Jewels over the centuries. This is a bright, accessible celebration of British culture and the ultimate pomp of royalty.

Ian Lloyd has spent twenty years as a full-time writer and photographer, specialising in the British Royal Family. He has had two books in the Sunday Times bestseller list and is the Royal Correspondent for The Sunday Post and a regular Royal pundit on Sky News, BBC News and BBC Radio 5 Live.

To celebrate this very enjoyable and enlightening release, Royal Life magazine has 5 copies to give away to our lucky readers.

For your chance to win a copy of The Throne – 1,000 Years of British Coronations, just answer this simple question.

Edward V (the boy king) was never crowned because he was presumed murdered in the Tower of London. Why was Edward VIII uncrowned?

A: He died in an accident
B: He abdicated
C: He was overthrown

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