King Charles gets a lot less credit than the man deserves
For all the criticism, his coronation was an impressive display of the diversity he upholds
Saturday’s coronation often seemed like an endless ceremony for a man who performs a largely ceremonial role. Ordinarily a natty dresser in double-breasted suits who was fit enough to play polo till he was 57, King Charles’ embroidered robes were so voluminous that by the end of the service at Westminster Abbey, two clergy were clutching him by the arm to ensure he didn’t trip. One was reminded of Mahatma Gandhi’s response to reporters in the 1930s who wondered if he was under-dressed in his dhoti and shawl for a meeting with George V. The king, Gandhi memorably joked, was wearing enough for both.