Coronation of the Harrovian Monarch
The coronation of the Harrovian monarch is an ancient ceremony that has much of its origins in the coronation of the legendary Pictish kings. Many of the rituals in the coronation are not Christian, but have Celtic pagan and Germanic pagan connotations, although the ceremony had been adapted into a Christian ceremony by the 10th Century AD. The coronation has several stages, and in fact as a whole, takes at least three days and two nights in total.
First Stage: Journey of the Sovereign to Kincardine Hill
The Sovereign's journey (north-eastwards)
The first stage of the coronation consists of the sovereign's journey from Roedean to Kincardine Hill, where the coronation is to take place. This is a solitary journey that takes the Sovereign through three counties: Fife, Atholl and Pictonshire. The Sovereign takes the journey alone on horseback, starting on the morning of the day before the coronation. The journey carries on overnight and into the next day as the Sovereign makes his or her way from the capital to the sacred site of the coronation of Harrovian kings and queens. For the journey, the Sovereign wears a simple hooded red robe, but otherwise is dressed for comfort and ease of ride rather than in any ceremonial garb at this stage. Upon nearing Kincardine, the Sovereign is met by members of the royal family, who then proceed to take the Sovereign aside to see that the Sovereign is washed, cleaned and prepared in the ceremonial dress for the formal coronation ceremony. The Sovereign then remounts and rides the last few kilometres to Kincardine Hill with those members of the royal family at her side.
Second Stage: Arrival of the Sovereign
A chorus of trumpets sound a fanfare to mark the arrival of the Sovereign at Kincardine Hill after her long journey from Roedean. All the Peers of the Realm, the Highland Chiefs, the Royal Family, important clergymen