The Constitution Unit


Accession and Coronation

Crown Jewels
This project examines the ancient oaths which the new sovereign must swear to at accession and coronation: to be a true and faithful Protestant, to uphold the Presbyterian Church of Scotland, and the rights and privileges of the Church of England.

Our first report explores how they might be revised and updated, if there is political will and parliamentary time to do so.

Our second report is about the organisational arrangements: what is involved in the accession ceremonies and the coronation, how much the context has changed since 1952, and why the next coronation will need to be different from that in 1953.

The Constitution Unit answered a series of frequently asked questions about the accession and coronation. View the FAQ here >