In the year that the English monarchy was abolished, the Prince of Waless governor posed the poignant question: what was it that made kings different from their subjects? The answer to him was obvious, and the word that described it was ceremony. From crown wearing in the Middle Ages to the jubilees of modern times the English Monarchy has always used the rituals of majesty to command the affection and loyalty of its subjects. This important and original book is the first to examine properly the ceremonial world of an English sovereign. In an age when the king still healed the sick and took his meals in front of a crowd of spectators, a sovereigns ability to carry off this public role could be as important to his success as his command of the army or management of parliament.