But it was hard to look away; I couldn’t ignore what has now been lauded as the “most diverse” coronation in its 1000-year history
(read: Black people and other minorities were in attendance) and what is being praised as a sign of the King’s intention to “modernise the monarchy.”
At the coronation concert, Prince William reminded the crowd full of volunteers that “all faiths, all backgrounds, all communities” were to be supported in the King’s new role
. According to the nation’s news cycle, this inspired plan to represent multicultural Britain at the coronation went off “without a hitch” and even included a Lionel Richie performance at Windsor Castle to boot. Sure, throughout the weekend’s broadcasted events there were plenty of in-your-face symbols of multiculturalism: an all-Black gospel choir at Westminster Abbey
(check), revered Black broadcaster Trevor McDonald (check), more inoffensive Black British personalities (check), and someone’s uncle dressed head to toe in the Union Jack flag
. By the time the Coronation concert aired, you couldn’t escape the Black and brown faces — there was even afrobeats. Yet, all it did was prove that, when it comes to achieving diversity, all the monarchy really has to offer is tokenism and empty platitudes.