The only time when a cat sat on Coronation chair in British royal history

May 05, 2023 06:06 PM IST

When Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in 1953, a black cat was found sleeping on the chair in the Coronation theatre. Read more about the cat here.

King Charles III will be crowned on May 6 at Westminster Abbey, London, in a grand ceremony conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Coronation will also see Queen Consort Camilla crowned alongside The King. As the Coronation of King Charles III is just one day away, let us take a moment to look back at a memorable incident that occurred during the Coronation of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

Representational image of a black cat.(Unsplash)
Representational image of a black cat.(Unsplash)

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Queen Elizabeth II was crowned on June 2, 1953, almost 70 years ago. On the day of the ceremony, a black cat named Matins was found sleeping on the chair in the Coronation theatre. The cat belonged to one of the Abbey clergy and regularly visited the Abbey during the coronation preparations of Queen Elizabeth II. Later Queen Elizabeth II was crowned and became Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

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The incident was shared on Instagram by Westminster Abbey with the caption, “Queen Elizabeth II wasn’t the only one who occupied the Coronation Chair on the day of her Coronation - a black cat made itself comfortable in the seat before her. Find out how….”

Watch the video below:

Since being shared a few hours ago, the video has raked up more than 25,700 views, and the numbers are still increasing. The share has also received a flurry of comments from netizens.

Check out the reactions below:

“This is the best story!! My black cat would definitely make himself at home on a new chair in his place,” posted an Instagram user. Another added, “If I fits, I sits.” “Wonderful story!” commented a third. A fourth wrote, “Everyone knows you can’t move a sleeping cat from a chair.”

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    Arfa Javaid is a journalist working with the Hindustan Times' Delhi team. She covers trending topics, human interest stories, and viral content online.

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