May 31, 2023

King Charles and Queen Camilla moved into Clarence House in 2003

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King Charles and Queen Camilla chose to sleep at Clarence House prior to his historic coronation.

As is tradition, the state bed in the Palace of Westminster was prepared for the king on the evening before the coronation day. But the King, 74, and Queen, 75, chose to sleep in their old London abode rather than the Special Chamber of Parliament.

This tradition of the monarch sleeping in the state bed originated in 1066 when William the Conqueror slept in the Palace of Westminster before his coronation, according to Royal Central.

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Tim Graham/Getty Clarence House Photo Library

According to the BBC, the Palace of Westminster was the monarch’s primary residence for centuries, rather than the current Buckingham Palace. But the last monarch to sleep in the Palace of Westminster before his coronation was George IV in 1821.

Clarence House has long served as a residence for the King and Queen, who moved to the London property in 2003. Their Majesties will be staying at Buckingham Palace, one of the many residences King Charles inherited after Queen Elizabeth’s death last September.

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a tweet of Royal Central revealed where the King and Queen slept on Friday – and that they weren’t the only ones sleeping in the royal residence. Britain’s Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis was invited to stay at Clarence House the night before the coronation so that he could walk to Westminster Abbey and not break Shabbat.

Saturdays are the Jewish Sabbath and day of rest. In honor of Shabbat, Rabbi Mirvis refrained from using vehicles to travel to the coronation and also observed a “digital detox,” according to CNN. This means that he did not use a microphone during his part of the coronation ceremony.

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