July 22, 2024

US Response to Charles III’s Coronation: A Mix of Indifference, Curiosity, and Reflection on American Heritage

King Charles III after being crowned at Westminster Abbey in London on May 6, 2023 | Odd Andersen/AFP via Getty Images
Britain's King Charles III wearing the Imperial state Crown carrying the Sovereign's Orb and Sceptre leaves Westminster Abbey after the Coronation Ceremonies in central London on May 6, 2023. - The set-piece coronation is the first in Britain in 70 years, and only the second in history to be televised. Charles will be the 40th reigning monarch to be crowned at the central London church since King William I in 1066. Outside the UK, he is also king of 14 other Commonwealth countries, including Australia, Canada and New Zealand. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP) (Photo by ODD ANDERSEN/AFP via Getty Images)

The coronation of Charles III on Saturday as the United Kingdom’s new monarch has sparked varied reactions among Americans on social media, with some expressing indifference, others celebrating the event for its historical and traditional significance, and still others reflecting on America’s own heritage.

Shortly after the coronation, Twitter users shared their thoughts on the event. Some, like @PoelockJoe and @1981_elisabeth, were indifferent about the ceremony, stating that it wasn’t a big deal or that it didn’t involve the US. Others, like @MericasPlumber1, appreciated the event for its traditional value and the celebration of a nation’s customs.

Several users, such as @dbyrd000 and @Texas_Doge, were quick to remind their followers of America’s revolutionary past, which separated the nation from British rule and the monarchy. They pointed out that Americans fought for independence in 1776, and since then, have had no interest in being subject to a king.

Some users, like @MCCali56 and @Nerdy_Yarn_Lady, acknowledged the fascination many Americans have with the idea of royalty, likening it to fairy tales and fantasy lives. They suggested that while Americans may be intrigued by the concept of kings, queens, and princes, they ultimately prefer their own democratic system.

Others, like @ck07712 and @JohnPopPop1, pointed out the irony of the taxation issue that sparked the American Revolution, comparing it to the taxes Americans pay today.

Overall, it seems that Americans have diverse opinions on the coronation of Charles III, with some seeing it as a moment of tradition and history, while others view it as an event that has little relevance to their lives today.

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