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How Much Did the Queen’s Coronation Cost?



Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in 1953, holding the royal sceptre (ensign of kingly power and justice) and the rod with the dove (symbolising equity and mercy). (Picture: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images/ Hulton Royals Collection)

It’s been revealed that, in the not-too-distant future, we’ll see the coronation of King Charles III take place.

Now confirmed to be taking place on Saturday, May 6, 2023, the historic event of national significance will be broadcast around the world, and likely to be viewed by hundreds of millions of people.

However, a royal source has claimed that the coronation will be ‘less expensive’ than the Queen’s amid the cost of living crisis.

‘The King is very aware of the struggles felt by modern Britons,’ says the source, ‘so will see his wishes carried through that although his coronation ceremony should stay right and true to the long held traditions of the past, it should also be representative of a monarchy in a modern world.’

Indeed, a lot has changed since the King’s mother, Queen Elizabeth II, was crowned in 1953.

But just how much did Her Majesty’s coronation cost?

How much did The Queen’s coronation cost?

The Queen’s iconic coronation, of which 2023 will be the 70th anniversary, cost £1.57 million.

The Queen after being crowned at Westminster Abbey (Picture: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

That’s around £46 million in today’s money.

The coronation took place at Westminster Abbey – where The Queen married Prince Philip several years earlier in 1947, and would eventually be given a state funeral.

It began at 11.15am on June, 2, 1953 – over a year after she became monarch.

Though a coronation had happened just 16 years earlier, for the Queen’s father King George VI, Elizabeth’s was particularly special, as it was the first coronation to ever be televised.

The three-hour ceremony was witnessed by 8,251 guests in person at the Abbey – including representatives for 129 countries – but watched by around 27 million in the UK on TV, out of a population of 36 million at the time, according to the Royal Family website.

The Queen leaving her coronation in 1953, in the Gold State Coach (Picture: Getty)

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The coronation was organised by The 16th Duke of Norfolk, and the service held by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

A grand affair, the 260-year-old Gold State Coach was used to transport the Queen to and from the Abbey, with some of the coronation’s cost reportedly devoted to repairs.

Much work was done to the Abbey to prepare in early 1953, according to its official website.

It notes ‘a 200-strong labour force… began building the ‘theatre’ (where the throne for the Homage is placed) under the lantern, tiered seating for 8,251 guests in the transepts and nave, the Royal Gallery, staircases, and the annexe outside the west entrance’.

Several crowns, that have been used for centuries, were also involved in the coronation.

St Edward’s Crown, which is used at the monarch’s coronation (Picture: JACK HILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Her Majesty wore the George VI State Diadem, a crown from 1820 encrusted with 1,333 diamonds and 169 pearls, on her way to the Abbey – but would be crowned with St Edward’s Crown.

Dating back to 1661, the crown is made of a solid gold base – and weighs a whopping 4lbs and 12oz.

St Edward’s Crown is also set with 444 precious and semi-precious gemstones, including amethysts, aquamarines, garnets, peridots, rubies, sapphires, spinels, tourmalines, topazes, and zircons.

The Queen’s coronation was the last time it was worn, and it won’t be worn again until King Charles III is crowned.

Her Majesty wore the slightly-less-heavy Imperial State Crown as she travelled back to Buckingham Palace from the Abbey, where she was greeted by crowds along The Mall.

Queen Elizabeth II wearing the Imperial State Crown and carrying the Orb (Picture: © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

The Queen’s coronation dress (Picture: Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Made with over 2000 precious stones – including 273 pearls, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds and 5 rubies – the Imperial State Crown has four of particular note: the Cullinan II diamond, St Edward’s Sapphire, the Black Prince’s Ruby, and the Stuart Sapphire

Also involved in the Queen’s coronation was the placement of the Coronation Ring, as well as the Orb and Sceptre.

Dress-wise, Her Majesty wore a white satin gown by British designed Norman Hartnell to her coronation, which featured embroidered emblems representing flowers from the UK and Commonwealth realms.

Ceremonial robes were also used in the coronation. Her Majesty was cloaked in the linen Colobium Sindonis, a cloth/gold robe called Dalmatic or Supertunica, and the Robe Royal.

The Queen was also crowned in St Edward’s Chair, which dates back to 1301. It is traditionally used for coronations and is permanently kept at Westminster Abbey.

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Paul Mescal Receives Apology From BBC After Broadcaster Makes Rather Awkward Blunder



Irish actor Paul Mescal has been called British…again (Picture: Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty Images)

His tweet clarifying his nationality may have been the most liked post in Ireland three years ago, but the BBC has had to apologise after getting a crucial fact about Oscar nominee Paul Mescal wrong.

Earlier this week the Irish actor was announced as one of the nominees for the upcoming Academy Awards.

The 26-year-old, who is from Maynooth, was given the nod for his leading role in indie flick Aftersun in the Actor in a Leading Role category.

In March, Paul will be going up against Austin Butler (Elvis), Brendan Fraser (The Whale), Bill Nighy (Living) and fellow Irishman Colin Farrell (The Banshees of Inisherin) in the prestigious category.

But when covering the nominations, the national broadcaster made a rather awkward error.

In text appearing on screen, the BBC reported: ‘2023 Oscar nominations: British actors Paul Mescal and Bill Nighy are nominated for leading role.’

The BBC has apologised for this mistake (Picture: eyeswideshut/ Twitter)

It has now apologised for the mistake, issuing a statement that read: ‘In text running across the screen we reported that Paul Mescal was one of two British actors who had been nominated for an Oscar for a leading role.’

‘The text should have said that Paul Mescal is Irish. We apologise for the mistake.’

When the mistake was made, plenty of people pointed it out and reminded the media outlet that Paul is very much Irish.

‘BBC news seems to not know Paul Mescal is IRISH,’ one person wrote.

Another added: ‘The BBC should know that Paul Mescal isn’t British.’

Plenty of people called out the BBC oversight (Picture: Twitter)

This person pointed out that Paul is very much Irish (Picture: Twitter)

Paul was one of several Irish Oscar nominees (Picture: Twitter)

It wasn’t the first time this has happened though.

Back in 2020, when Paul picked up an Emmy nomination for his breakthrough role in Normal People, outlets including The Guardian called him British.

It lead the actor to tweet ‘I’m Irish’, which ended up becoming the most-liked post in his home country that year.

Paul picked up an Oscar nomination for his starring role in Aftersun (Picture: A24 via AP)

The message quickly racked up over 130,000 likes as well as over 12,000 retweets and over 1,600 replies.

His Oscar nomination helped break a record for Ireland too, with the country securing 14 nominations in the upcoming awards ceremony.

Other actors to get nods included Barry Keoghan, Brendan Gleeson and Kerry Condon.

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When his nomination was announced Paul said it was ‘truly a special moment for everyone involved in Aftersun’.

‘To be recognised by the Academy is such an insane honour and I’m so utterly grateful.’

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How Many Legs Are in the Carabao Cup Semi-finals? All the Rules Explained



Only four teams remain in the competition (Picture: Michael Regan/Getty Images)

The Carabao Cup semi-finals continue tonight with Nottingham Forest welcoming Manchester United at the City Ground.

The winner of the tie will face either Newcastle United or Southampton in the final at Wembley on February 26.

With the regulations changing from one competition to another, here is your full lowdown of the rules in play across the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup 2023.

Are the Carabao Cup semi-finals played over two legs?

Yes, the Carabao Cup semi-finals will take place over two legs.

Newcastle beat Southampton 1-0 in the first leg of the first semi-final on Tuesday night, with the return leg scheduled for Tuesday, January 31 at 8pm.

Southampton and Newcastle played out an entertaining first leg (Picture: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Manchester United will host Nottingham Forest in the second leg of their semi-final on Wednesday, February 1 at 8pm.

VAR is in use for the first time in the Carabao Cup this season, having not featured in earlier rounds to ensure fairness across every tie.

Will extra-time and penalties be used in the Carabao Cup semi-finals?

If the score is level after the end of both legs then extra-time, and if required penalties, will be used to determine the winner.

This is the first time this season that matches finishing level in the Carabao Cup will head to extra-time, with ties previously proceeding straight to penalties in the event of a draw after 90 minutes.

The away goals rule will also not be in use for the two semi-finals.

The English Football League scrapped the rule ahead of the 2018/19, which up until that point only came into effect following the conclusion of extra-time.

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How many substitutes are allowed in the Carabao Cup?

Managers will be able to use up to five substitutes across three windows during the game (half-time not included).

An extra substitution is permitted in extra-time, whilst both teams can also use two concussion substitutes if required.

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