For the first time in seventy years, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Commonwealth has a new monarch, King Charles III. While the focus of the world’s media was on the ceremony and pageantry of Charles’ coronation, with millions glued to televisions as Charles and Camilla become our latest heads of state, we should also reflect that much has changed in that time.
It’s stating the obvious of course, but our society and world is completely different to what it was in 1953 when Elizabeth II took the throne. Some people say that things were simpler then, but perhaps today the range of information at our disposal suggests that things are never as simple as they seem. We live in a digital age, an ideal that was a mere figment of science fiction in the 1950s, and an age of globalisation, but despite the great tech and wealth we have we are still struggling with social ills, conflict and inequality, and are now living in a climate crisis that will shape our world for future generations.
It’s clear that Charles at least recognises these challenges. A traditionalist maybe, but throughout his time as Prince of Wales he worked hard to fight for environmental causes and is genuinely open and understanding of the deep diversity that binds us all and the need to protect and look after those who are disadvantaged and disenfranchised by modern society.
It’s not an easy job, and the fault lines that exist within the Royals seem deeper than ever, but everyone at London Law Collective wishes him well as he embarks on a new chapter in his life.
For those who celebrated, we hope you had a great time, and for those who took more of a back seat, with only one eye on the television, we hope you enjoyed having some reflective time.
From a personal London Law Collective perspective, we wanted to share some of our experiences. Our client, Mehool Sanghrajka MBE was present at the Coronation ceremony itself, representing the Institute of Jainology and Jain community.
Meanwhile our co-Founder, Joanna Farquharson was at the Windsor Castle Coronation concert, invited further to her work for West London Welcome, a community centre run for and with refugees, migrants and people seeking asylum; a charity that Charles, as Prince of Wales, visited in 2022.