As the Coronation approaches, there’s no doubt it will be the big story of the next week across the media, and there will be many celebrations up and down the UK and overseas too.
We’re sure most of you know that it’s the first Coronation we have had in the UK for almost 70 years, and we are the only monarchy in Europe that still practices Coronations. There is therefore no doubt this will be an event of global significance and interest.
We thought we’d share ten things you may not know about the Coronation:
1. In 1953, 8,000 people attended the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, and despite King Charles III planning to host a more modest event, he is still inviting 2,000.
2. King Charles has also sent invitations to people working in the community and in the charity sector. In fact, more than 850 community and charity representatives from the UK have been invited. These include 450 British Empire Medal recipients and 400 young people representing charitable organisations, nominated by King Charles and Queen Camilla.
3. The ceremony will take place at 11am at Westminster Abbey in London and it’s not known how many people will line the streets to welcome the King & Queen as they attend the ceremony via a route of 1.3 miles.
4. This procession is much shorter than the late Queen’s which was five miles long and took two hours.
5. The King and Queen will travel in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach which the late Queen said was really uncomfortable.
6. During the ceremony the King will sit in quite an old wooden chair known as the Coronation Chair which dates from the year 1300.
7. The King will be anointed with holy oil on the hands, head and chest – so will the Queen.
8. The King’s Crown will be St Edward’s Crown which has been used for coronation since the 1300s. This crown is a replica of the original and was made in 1661 as the original was melted down during the Civil War. It has more than 240 precious stones.
9. The Queen’s Crown will be St Mary’s Crown which is silver and gold and has over 2,000 diamonds.
10. The official Coronation dish is, believe it or not, a quiche!
And on the theme of food, this iconic celebration can present a challenge for those who are living with allergies or food intolerance. Here are some recipes to help you face that challenge and enjoy the Coronation without fear….
British Flag Pancakes
1 x Creative Nature Pancake Mix
200ml Plant Milk
2 tbsp Apple cider Vinegar
Red Food Colouring
Blue Food Colouring
Fruit to top with
You will aslo need:
3 piping bags (you can use sandwich bags if you don’t have this many piping bags!)
- Mix the plant milk with the apple cider vinegar
- Open the pancake mix and add to the plant milk mix.
- Whisk together until the mixture starts to expand.
- Leave to sit for 5 minutes
- Separate the mix into 3 bowls.
- Add red food colouring to one bowl, blue colouring to another and leave one as it is.
- Transfer the different coloured pancake mixes to separate piping bags or sandwich bags. If you use sandwich bags you will need to make a very small hole at the lower corner for you to pipe through.
- Heat your pan.
- Use the plain mix to draw out the shape of the union jack in your pan. Then use the red and the blue mix to fill out the different parts as they should be.
- Cook on a medium to low heat to avoid burning the back. Lave until the pancake is cooked through. Do not flip. If the top of your pancake needs a little help cooking you can pop it under the grill to finish up.
- ENJOY your right Royal Breakfast!
Gluten Free Scones
2 Tbsp Creative Nature Maca Powder
350g GF Plain Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
85g Dairy Free Butter
3 tbsp Caster Sugar
175ml Plant Milk
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Jam and Plant based cream to serve.
- Add the flour, baking powder and maca powder to a bowl and mix well.
- Add the dairy free spread and use your fingers to rub the butter and flour mix together to form breadcrumbs.
- Add the caster sugar to the breadcrumb mix.
- Add the milk to the mix and stir in until it creates a sort of dough. Then use your hands to knead the dough into a proper ball. Leave to rest for 10 minutes
- Sprinkle some flour over your kitchen surface and roll the dough out to around 2cm thick.
- Use your cookie cutter to cut out as many as you can and place them onto a baking tray lined with baking paper.
- Cook for 10-15 minutes, or until they are golden brown.
- Once removed from the oven, leave to cool for a while and then add cream and Jam to taste!
1 x Creative Nature Brownie Mix
3 tbsp Milled Flaxseed
9 tbsp Cold Water
125g Dairy Free Spread
1 x 30g Bag of Magibles
You will also need a crown shaped cookie cutter.
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees fan
- In a small bowl mix both the flaxseed and cold water and mix until combined, leave to stand for about 10 minutes until gloopy.
- In a large mixing bowl empty the contents of the mix followed by the flaxseed egg, dairy free spread and cold water. Mix until well combined.
- Grease a 20cm x 20cm baking tin and pour the mixture in and place in the oven for around 20-25 minutes.
- Once cooked, remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack to cool.
- Once cooled use your cookie cutter to get as many crown shaped brownies (Crownies) as you can!
- Put your frosting into a piping bag and pipe to outline the crown shape. Add a little frosting rosette at the top of each spike and some more at the bottom to create the trim of the crown.
- Add a Magible to the middle spike of the crown et voila! You are finished!
We hope you all have a fabulous time celebrating the King’s Coronation on the 6th May!