EDITORIAL – It’s coronation time – let’s all take the Oath of Allegiance

King Charles, official photo.

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

THE CORONATION of King Charles III on Saturday morning doesn’t have people nearly as excited as they were when his mother was crowned in 1953.

I remember that one well as a kid in grade school, where we put together scrapbooks of the event as a class project. When the big day arrived, we had to get our news from the radio, since TV hadn’t yet arrived in our small town.

I doubt I’ll watch Saturday’s celebration either because getting up in the middle of the night doesn’t appeal to me. I happen to be a Royals fan but I’ll make due with re-runs.

Still, all this negativity around Charles’ coronation is a bit silly. It seems people don’t want to have fun anymore. They get all grumpy about it as if all the pomp and pageantry of Charles’ and Camilla’s coronation is some sort of insult to their personal principles.

They should lighten up. The monarchy has some good things going for it: a lot of positive stuff for charities and international relations and bringing people together.

Sure, like any family, they’ve had their problems. It’s just as well that Meghan is staying home and Harry won’t have much to do at the big event but, let’s admit, shall we — the squabbles and scandals make for great reading.

For those who are all in a huff over the Oath of Allegiance, well, OK, don’t take it if you don’t want to. If it bothers you to say, “I swear that I will pay true allegiance to Your Majesty, and to your heirs and successors according to law. So Help me God,” that’s fine.

I’m not even a Christian but if the opportunity presents itself I’ll not hesitate in taking that Oath. In the old days, say 400 years ago, you darn well better mean that “true allegiance” part or you were in big trouble. Nowadays, it’s just being polite.

I’m Mel Rothenburger, the Armchair Mayor.

Mel Rothenburger is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a recipient of the Jack Webster Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. He has served as mayor of Kamloops, school board chair and TNRD director, and is a retired daily newspaper editor. He can be reached at

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4 Comments on EDITORIAL – It’s coronation time – let’s all take the Oath of Allegiance

  1. Richard Carlson // May 4, 2023 at 8:53 PM // Reply

    The monarchy does have some entertainment value, and apparently we do need some one to cut ribbons and make speeches. But, no, I will not pledge allegiance to Charles or an monarch. Words, particularly pledges mean something, in fact pledges are our bond, and to treat a pledge frivolously is a disservice to our society and to us as individuals. Such a pledge would be insincere or foolish. The coronation will be a wonderful costume party and fun for some. There is some social value in ceremonies, but there is in fact no reality to kings and queens now or in our future.

  2. Ya … no.

    I probably wont watch. If I’m not going to set my alarm clock to watch a European F1 race (my chosen spectator sport) … I’m not about to do the same for this.


    I ‘m not an anti-monarchist, I’m not a anti Royal family type, and certainly don’t have some anti pageantry doctrine going on … its just that at the end of the day … I just don’t care.

    This thing is, I have no sense of connection to Charley. I don’t really care if Camilla is called a Queen’ or a ‘Consort Queen’ or whatever … I just don’t care about any of it at all.

    If England want to bask in the coronation of it all … thats up to them, but it just has no connection to me. There is no feeling or need to maintain the presence of royalty … that kinda just ended with the passing of Elisabeth.

    At the end of the day, I think it was more about her than the position … and Charles just cant and will never replace that in the emotional space. If William and his younger approach to the idea of the Monarchy was happening, I might be more interested.

    At the end of the day, we have an old guy as our new head of state … and that matters, as for getting rid of that in Canada is a very, very big headache, so for now its fine … but that the thing … its just fine … not a big deal.

    I just dont care.

  3. Hear ye, hear ye

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