This Week in History

The Crowning of the Locksmith King: June 11, 1775

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Louis XVI in coronation robes

The coronation of Louis XVI in June of 1775 was an event charged with medieval splendor. Entering the city of Reims where French kings had been crowned for over 1,000 years, Louis (riding in a ceremonial coach, accompanied by nobles, escorted by royal troops) heard the jubilant cries of the common people — cries that only grew louder as he passed through the city streets to the cathedral. Entering the cathedral, and formally greeted by the archbishop of Reims, Louis heard the Te Deum, sung in thanksgiving to God for the gift of a king.