The Coronation of the Emperor Carolus XIII Vasa (2023)

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Coroação de Carolus XIII Vasa

Coronation of Carolus XIII Vasa

A portrait by a Sarovian artist shows Carolus XIII accepting the Imperial State Crown.


9 March 2024


St. Constantine's Cathedral, Sarholm


  • King Carolus XIII
  • Heralds of the College of Arms
  • Selected Peers of the Empire
  • Members of the clergy
  • Civilian representatives from Sarovia's provinces
  • Delegates from the New Hanorian Empire

The Coronation of Carolus XIII Vasa as Royo eui do Sarovians y Imperad eui lan Comune Saroviana It took place on March 9, 2024 on a Saturday. Carolus XIII Vasa assumed the throne on December 1, 2023 upon the death of his grandfather, Constantine IX Vasa, whereby the HIM Government and the HIM Privy Council would recognize the death of Constantine IX Vasa, and that the successor would be Carolus XIII. The Ceremony was structured under the Stefanic service from Stefanic Church. Where, at the coronation, Carolus XIII, in the presence of Pope Innocent II, swore allegiance to the Stefanic Church, and, that he would act as Defender of the Faith.

Preparation[edit | edit source]

Mobilization of the Imperial Armed Forces[edit | edit source]

Imperial Sarovian Army and the Blue Guard performing the three cheers for the Royo y Imperad.

On the day of the coronation, around 36 members of the Imperial Sarovian Army were mobilized in the garden of Oxenstierna Palace, where, from there, they made a procession together with the carriage of the Royo y Imperad Carolus XIII, to St. Constantine's Cathedral (which would give about 3 miles). After arriving at the Cathedral, the Sarovian Soldiers together with the Blue Guard guarded the place outside. After the end of the coronation, the troops would march back to Parade Square (which would be 6 miles), where, upon arriving there, the monarch himself would meet the troops.

The Coronation[edit | edit source]

A coronation portrait of Carolus XIII in his Guards robes.

Within the revered and hallowed confines of St. Constantine's Cathedral, the atmosphere was laden with palpable anticipation and a sense of profound significance. As the towering spires of the cathedral pierced the heavens above, an air of reverence enveloped the sacred space, echoing with the whispers of centuries of devout supplication and solemn ceremony. Here, amidst the ethereal glow of candlelight casting dancing shadows upon ancient stone, Carolus XIII, the soon-to-be-crowned monarch, stood poised at the threshold of destiny. Surrounding him were not only the imposing marble pillars and intricate stained glass windows that adorned the cathedral's interior but also the esteemed clergy members, their vestments resplendent in the flickering light, exuding an aura of solemn authority. Alongside these venerable spiritual guides stood the distinguished leaders of the Imperial Sarovian Armed Forces, their proud bearing and polished regalia a testament to their unwavering commitment to duty and honor. Their presence, a symbol of the union between temporal and spiritual authority, underscored the profound significance of the moment about to unfold.

Carolus XIII taking the Sacred Oath in the presence of Pope Innocent II

Amidst this august assembly, foreign diplomats from the New Hanorian Empire added an air of international intrigue, their presence a reminder of the interconnectedness of nations and the diplomatic tapestry that wove them together. Their gaze, like that of all present, was fixed upon the focal point of the ceremony—the impending coronation of Carolus XIII. As the ceremonial proceedings commenced, a hush fell over the gathered throng, broken only by the solemn intonations of ancient liturgical hymns echoing through the sacred space. High above, the vaulted ceiling seemed to reverberate with the weight of history, bearing witness to the solemn rituals that had played out beneath its lofty arches for generations untold. And then, as if summoned by the collective will of all those present, Pope Innocent II, a figure of venerable authority and spiritual guidance, stepped forward to preside over the coronation ceremony. With measured solemnity, he raised the ornate crown aloft, its glittering jewels catching the flickering light in a dazzling display of regal splendor. With bated breath, the congregation watched as Carolus XIII approached the pontiff, his countenance a study in serene resolve. In that fleeting moment, as the crown was gently lowered upon his brow, the weight of centuries of tradition and destiny descended upon him, anointing him with the mantle of kingship.

And then, in a voice that resonated with unwavering conviction, Carolus XIII spoke the sacred oath, his words echoing through the hallowed halls of St. Constantine's Cathedral. In that solemn pledge, he vowed to uphold the faith of his forebears, to defend the sacred principles of the Stefanic Church, and to serve as the unwavering Defender of the Faith. In that timeless instant, amidst the timeless grandeur of St. Constantine's Cathedral, history was made anew, as Carolus XIII ascended to the throne, his destiny intertwined with that of his kingdom and his people for generations yet to come.