The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III will take place on Saturday 6th May 2023. Below our Chariman, John Risdon shares how Churston Ferrers has been represented in the crowning of our Kings and Queens of the realm.
Since the coronation of King Charles II in 1660, The Lord of the Manor of Churston Ferrers, together with his Lady, would swear his Act of Allegiance to the Sovereign at Westminster Abbey and have the honour of carrying one of a pair of golden spurs in procession at the Coronation.
Richard Francis Roger Yarde-Buller (4th Baron Lord Churston) pictured here outside Churston Court, in 1953, would fulfil this great honour at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on 2nd June 1953.
Sadly, the 5th Baron Churston, John Francis Yarde-Buller died recently on 16th February 2023. At the time of writing it is not known if the 6th Baron Churston, Benjamin Francis Yarde-Buller, will continue the tradition at Westminster Abbey on 6th May.
– John Risdon, Chairman