London, what a place to be at the weekend! As I watched the crowds arrive for the coronation of King Charles, I couldn’t help but feel excited to be a part of such a historic occasion. It got me thinking about the role of wine throughout history, particularly at events like these.
Did you know that at the coronation of King Richard II in 1377, he drank only water and didn’t touch a drop of wine? Talk about being abstemious!
Fast forward to Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953, and we see a return to more modest tastes. The wine served at her coronation banquet was a blend of wines from various countries, created especially for the occasion by Berry Bros. & Rudd, the oldest wine shop in the world, and one of my favourites.
As for what I expect King Charles III and his guests drank over the weekend, it’s hard to say for sure, but given the current trend towards sustainability and eco-friendliness, i’m guessing that he would have chosen a selection of modest wines. However, it’s still a momentous occasion, and I’m sure the wine served will be of the highest quality and fit for a king
But one thing is certain: the coronation of a monarch is a historic occasion, and the wine served plays a small but important role in marking the event. So as im sure we all did over the weekend let’s raise a glass to King Charles III and his long and prosperous reign!