How to Write Crowning of a Ruler Scene – WRITE THAT SCENE

How to Write Crowning of a Ruler Scene



Part One

  1. Who is being crowned and how significant is the crowning? What are they being crowned of?  

»A. Could be anything from a country to a game to an act. Does it make national news? Or is it some type of joke between friends?

I. Quick Overview of crowning ceremony:

– The Sovereign enters wearing the surcoat and the first Robe.
– Takes a seat on the chair of Estate with the most important people at each side. Then person (we’ll call them director for now) during the coronation calls for the Recognition of the new ruler.
-After the people acclaim the Sovereign, the Director administers an oath.
– Once the taking of the oath concludes, a book, important documents, etc, is presented to the Sovereign and it is either read from or signed.
– Afterward, the surcoat robe is removed, and the Sovereign proceeds to Throne, wearing the anointing gown.
– Their then enrobed in the other garments and robes.
– The Director, assisted by other important people, then presents the items to the Sovereign.
– Then people rejoice or shout of something. Soon after fireworks or cannons are fired.
– Homage is paid. If there is a Queen Consort, she is crowned in a very simple ceremony immediately before homage is paid.
-At some point all present sing the National Anthem.

II. If the crowning is for something less significant like a game or someone who is being made fun of (crown of fools) then you can decide how you want your coronation to be. Usually everything is made from scratch such as the crown and the oath can be a joke. Many things can be overlooked and not much order needs to happen.  

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»B. Does the ruler willingly go through with it? Is this a last minute thing or has it been planned for months??

I. You can emphasis the way they feel by what their wearing or their posture. If they didn’t care they may not wear the appropriate attire and slouch. If they cared, they probably would wear a variety of different robes and other garments during the course of the ceremony:

– a surcoat designed with the colors of the land– the regular dress during most of the ceremony, worn under all other robes.
– the first robe used at a coronation, worn on entry to the coronation and later at other ceremonies.
– Anointing gown – a simple and austere garment worn during the anointing.
– the first robe with which symbolizes the derivation of Royal authority from the people.
– the main robe worn during the ceremony and used during the Crowning.
– a scarf or gloves which accompanies the main robe.
– the robe worn at the conclusion of the ceremony, on exit from the coronation.

Several participants in the ceremony wear special costumes, uniforms or robes. For example, a cape designate their rank.
II. If it’s a last minute thing, then show how it’s a last minute thing. What are they lacking, how many people are there, how rushed is the ceremony. Do they even complete the ceremony? Is it easily interrupted?

III. It could have been planned for months, years, decades or even minutes. However, if the person being crowned or whoever is crowning, is not taking it seriously, then that can change the feel of the scene. Show how these people care… or do not care about the coronation.


Part Two

    1. Who comes to witness and are they thrilled about the ceremony? Who is there to present the crown to the new ruler?

»A. What are the facial expressions, the thoughts, the words, or the gestures being made among the crowd and those who are crowning the ruler?

I. Attendees may include:

-Citizens, Family and Friends
-Foreign and Commonwealth dignitaries, some of whom will participate in the ceremony directly.
-Many nobles and members of the aristocracy will attend (some will have special roles in the ceremony)
-The ceremony is attended by a wide range of politicians, including the High Minister and members of the Cabinet, the Leader of the opposition, all Governors, Heads of States and dependent nations.
II. Are people snickering, talking, yawning, getting up to use the restroom, couching, babies crying, sleeping, sneezing, mocking, fainting? OR does everyone make sure to be on their best behavior. You can easily write about how the man sitting in the front clearly needed to sneeze but the woman sitting next to him put a finger under his nose to prevent him from doing so. Or the mother who has a crying baby shoved a bottle quickly in their mouth to prevent them from interrupting the ceremony. How about someone who fell while walking up the steps, got back up and dusted themselves off like nothing happened… even though they limped the rest of the way. AND not one dared laugh or say a word because the crowning was far more important.

III.Who is the honorary person to crown the new ruler? Why were they chosen and what is their title? What are they doing at the time?  

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»B. Name the job description and a sentence or two about the background of the ruler and those who are crowning them.

I. You can name your people however you see fit, it is your scene. However, to give you an idea, the Archbishop crowns the ruler in England. Maybe you would have a high official from the military, a church, or the previous successor crown the new ruler. However, whoever has the responsibility is usually either same rank as the ruler, a little below the ruler in rank or above the ruler in rank. . 
II. What has the new ruler down to deserve respect? What has got them to where they are now and how have they prepared for this moment?


Part Three

    1. What happens during the ceremony and what items are used?

»A. Anything go wrong while the person is being crowned? Is there something lost or does the ruler have a change of heart about being crowned?

I. Could be weather, a war, a random death in the audience, someone important saying “The are not to be crowned yet!”, people in the crowd booing, a riot or mob, a prank, takes too long to finish coronation, too many mistakes and mishaps, etc.

II. Does the character have a change of heart about being crowned? Why? Do they state it? Do they run away or have a speech? Do they feel they want to be more than a King or Queen and something else? Do they love someone and cannot be with them if they are ruler? Do they refuse to rule unless their mate can rule with them? 
III. Does both the people and the ruler feel it’s not best to have a queen or king or to choose someone else to rule? If so, how does that go down? What happens next? Do they randomly pick someone from the crowd? Do they already have an idea about who they want to be crowned? Do they want a democracy instead?  

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»B. If everything is peachy, then move on with the ceremony. What items are used to complete and “make whole” the new ruler? Any rituals or last minute documents needed to be signed?

I. Sword,Crown Jewels are delivered: the Orb, a ring representing the “marriage” between him or her and the nation. The Sceptre(s). As the Sovereign holds the two sceptres, the Director places the crown on his or her head.
II. What performances takes place? Any praying, dancing, sayings, hand shaking, humming, or silences that take place? Parades? Bands? Singers? Food? Or perhaps, make up your own unique ritual that happens during the ceremony.


Part Four

    1. Who challenges the crown, if anyone? Is there a threat upon the new ruler? What does the ruler promise for the future?

»A. How sustainable is their new rule? Do they have the power and protection to fight against anything??

I. Is there an enemy that’s waiting for the coronation to finish so they can attack? Is there poison on the crown? Is the enemy wanting the person to be crowned because they know they would fail? If the person doesn’t do well for their country what will happen? Would they be dethroned? Attack of the kingdom? People will starve? How crucial is the coronation? What bad would happen if it didn’t take place at the particular time?

II. Could the threat be handled now? Or later? Does someone threatened them while the crown is placed on the ruler’s head, and is then arrested? How serious is that threat being taken? Does the coronation have to be stopped because of it?  

»B. If there is no threat, then go on with the speech. What does the ruler say? How do they give hope and inspiration to their new people?

I. They could promise more wealth, land, jobs, less taxes, better health, a new beginning? For some law to be broken or restored? For some barrier to be tear down or put up again? For a long life? TO be prosperous? You can write a QUICK speech. This will help the reader know what is the purpose of this ruler and details about the people and land they will govern. Example:

From the giant pearly white gates of our far north to the rapid waters in the east, Our founding fathers have created a land for all people. And I shall continue to build upon that.

Notice how I talked about the land and the people. The reader can pick up on that and see that the country may be somewhat wealthy because of the pearly gates and the far north waters. How the person being crowned isn’t the first ruler of the country and how they are determined to do good and more than their successors.


Part Five

    1. How is the completion of the crowning received? How do both the ruler and witnesses react? Is anything missing?

»A. What makes the crowning memorable? Does the ruler ponder about what if’s? Is this the choice the are proud to have made? What lies ahead?

I. How do people in other countries react and how do the rulers? Are gifts given/sent? Is everything made in heaven at this moment? What doesn’t belong in the scene but is in it anyway? Such as:

-One person not clapping in cheering in the crowd and the new ruler notices.
-An item is replaced with a replica and the ruler is wearing it for the coronation but doesn’t realize it… yet.
-Ruler has an upset stomach or pain but needs to tolerate it for a little longer?
-The weather not agreeing with the happy crowd. Possibly thunderstorms and heavy rain.


II. What makes it memorable? Are they the youngest to be crowned? The only woman or man to be crowned? The first? The last? Someone who took over the land? The shortest? Tallest? Did the 40 day of straight rain stop specifically on this special day? Did a peace agreement happen between two lands?
III. End this scene with what lies ahead. What do both the ruler, their people, and nearby countries have to look forward to? Even if it’s not so grand.



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