5 May 2023

Like many young Brits, I won't be watching the coronation

| Lizzie Waymouth
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King Charles with some old women having tea

Support for the monarchy is still strong among older people, but the new King may struggle to win over the younger generation. Photo: King Charles III Facebook.

Millions of people in the UK and around the world will be tuning in to watch the King’s coronation on Saturday, but I won’t be one of them.

Like a growing number of young British people, I’m not remotely interested in the royal family, and the elaborate display of wealth feels jarring when many of us are struggling more than ever.

I accept it’s a significant historic occasion, but it just doesn’t appeal to me. I’ve let two royal weddings, two jubilees and a funeral go by over the past decade or so without watching the coverage, and I don’t feel like I’ve missed out on much. And I didn’t get any further than one episode of The Crown.

It’s not just me losing interest.

A YouGov survey suggest most younger people in the UK probably won’t be watching the coronation with more than half of under-50s not very likely or not at all likely to tune in.

It also says a lot that several big names turned down the opportunity to perform over the coronation weekend, with some citing scheduling issues but others declining to comment on why they couldn’t make it.

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It hasn’t been confirmed, but the coronation is expected to cost the taxpayer as much as £100 million. While The Times called King Charles “famously frugal” and said the event would be “slimmed down” with fewer guests and a shorter ceremony, I can’t help thinking more effort could have been made to show this so-called frugality at a time when more and more people are struggling to keep up with rising living costs.

Understandably, the lavish event will bring some benefit to the UK economy by drawing in tourists from around the world. Still, London hotel occupancy rates – so far – are only about 67 per cent for the coronation weekend.

But there are plenty of other events bringing people to the UK. Liverpool hotels have an occupancy rate of 82 per cent for the Eurovision final just a week later, for example – another event partly funded by the taxpayer and one that is likely to see a much bigger turnout of young people.

Some sections of the UK media were shocked to discover that £10 million in British income tax will go towards hosting Eurovision (along with some BBC funding and funds from the local Merseyside council), with a GB News headline asking, “Why are we paying for this bull****!?” (to quote a furious Twitter user).

At the same time, that outlet remains in full support of a certain other event happening a week earlier with a much bigger budget. This doesn’t make much sense to me, to be honest.

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Eurovision aside, public support for the monarchy is lower than ever in the UK, according to a poll conducted a few days ago by the National Centre for Social Research. A record low of 29 per cent of people surveyed earlier this year said they saw the monarchy as ‘very important’. This figure was even lower among those aged 18 to 34, at only 12 per cent.

While there isn’t overwhelming support for a republic just yet – just over half of respondents were either very or quite in favour of the monarchy, it seems like the tide is turning and there’s the possibility that our new King won’t be able to rely on the public’s support in the future. This is especially true if the big events that previously drew people in can’t capture our interest anymore.

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I just saw a placard that said: Isn’t this a bit silly? Seems to sum it all up for me at least.

So your argument boils down to, ”I’m not watching the coronation because poor people exist”. Makes sense…..

She is hoping her argument makes cents for the poor.

I watched it. Could have been cut by an hour, but I have RESPECT for that Penny Mordaunt carrying the sword. Didn’t move an inch until required. She was wearing heels as well. She was fantastic

I’m a Brit but nota young one and I also won’t be watching it. What a waste of time and space.

“I will have nothing to do with the king.” However i’ll write a lengthy article on the-riotact about it instead to show how much it doesn’t affect my life.

Like many young brits i’m sure they are just passing off what their teachers/parents/television have told them as their own ideas.

With big ears having a linage like this, why would you watch?


“Prince Philip reportedly said: “In the event that I am reincarnated, I would like to return as a deadly virus, to contribute something to solving overpopulation.””

Yep…caring and sharing…..makes you wonder what a bad day might look like, if thats a “joke”?

Wont be watching , despite having a soft spot for the royals.

Apple….tree…..see above…… Charles is known it appears for his fair stridently green views.


Don’t worry, its not just young people who are asking “why?” I can’t believe there is still any support for a head of state drawn chosen based on an hereditary right to rule. To me, Charlie is the epitome of mediocrity. Surely there has to be a better way. And as for the solemn vow he is about to take……. well, we know how much both he and his mrs honoured their previous separate solemn vows made in churches. Why should we expect him to take this one any more seriously.

Capital Retro8:58 am 06 May 23

Are you an Australian citizen, Lizzie?

@Capital Retro
Do you actually have a point to make, CR?

Are you suggesting it’s a requirement of all Australian citizens to watch the coronation?

I’ll be watching the AFL instead, which for those south of the Murray is much more Australian than the coronation – especially as the soon to be crowned King of Australia isn’t an Australian citizen.

Capital Retro5:40 pm 06 May 23

You can’t help yourself can you, JS.

@Capital Retro
Yes, CR, you are right. When you post nonsense I just can’t seem to let it ride.

Is it though? Might want to read up on the history of AFL. You might be surprised.

Capital Retro10:28 am 07 May 23

In the absence of a reply Lizzie, I will assume you are a stateless person so you should be grateful that you have ended up in Australia where you can bag the monarchy. Lucky you didn’t land in Russia.

You probably voted for that clown Elbo too.

@Raphael 88
I’m originally from SA, so I know very well the history of Aussie Rules.
I’m not surprised that to keep cricketers fit during the winter, on August 7 1858, Melbourne Grammar began a ‘football’ contest against Scotch College that took three Saturdays to be concluded.
And I’m not surprised to know that the rules that formed the basis of what has become today’s game were written in Bryant’s Pub in East Melbourne in May 1859.
I’m also not surprised that current AFL clubs, Melbourne (1858) and Geelong (1859), are among the oldest continuous sporting clubs in the world.
So surprise me.

So do you actually have something relevant and/or sensible to contribute?

@Capital Retro
“I will assume you are a stateless person …”
I know technology is not one of your strong suits, CR. However, if it’s that important for you to know her “pedigree”, her name at the top of the article is a hyperlink (hopefully I don’t have to explain that term to you) – click on it and you’ll actually get the facts.

Capital Retro8:57 pm 07 May 23

I did that before I made my initial post. She says she grew up in the UK and some of the the Schengen countries before joining her Australian partner here. That doesn’t mean she is an Australian citizen but even you would have known that.

Why can’t she confirm it herself?

@Capital Retro
“ That doesn’t mean she is an Australian citizen …”
Exactly, CR … which brings me to my original question – Are you suggesting it’s a requirement of all Australian citizens to watch the coronation? Especially as the now crowned King of Australia isn’t an Australian citizen.

Stephen Saunders7:39 am 06 May 23

Not to worry, Lizzie, they can always move the Palace to Australia.

We’ve barely recovered, from our PM grovelling over the Royal Bereavement. And there he goes again, grovelling over the Royal Coronation. It’s Howard not Hawke that he’s channelling.

@Stephen Saunders
Given Australia is a constitutional monarchy, surely it’s appropriate for the leader of our democratically elected government to represent the Parliament, and attend the investiture of Australia’s new monarch?

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