From Richard III’s lavish wardrobe to Queen Victoria’s chaotic ceremony, coronations have a rich and fascinating history.

For some, a coronation is a once-in-a-lifetime public event; for the new king or queen, it is a display which can set the tone for their reign.

In this episode of On the Record released to mark the coronation of King Charles III, our specialists examine records from previous coronations and explore how traditions have formed and changed through the centuries.

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This podcast series is part of a season of events and commemorating the coronation of King Charles III on May 6th. Find out more at

Documents from The National Archives used in this episode: CAB 21/3731, WORK 21/19, E 42/549 

For more information about the records covered in this episode, take a look at our research guides to Royal Household and Wardrobe and Seals. For help navigating our catalogue, you can watch our top level tips on using Discovery. 

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