Bad Seeds singer Nick Cave was crowned King Henry III earlier this month.
The post-punk legend was invited to Westminster Abbey as part of the “elite Australians” group, and despite the reservations of some of his fans, he decided to accept the invitation.
In an interview with Channel 4 host Krishnan Guru-Murthy for the podcast Ways to Change the World, Cave said that he is not a royalist and is not actually a republican like many Australians, including Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, who leads the Australian delegation. .
“I went to the coronation out of pure curiosity and found the whole thing extremely interesting, to say the least,” Cave said. “Because I thought I would feel something when I went to the coronation, but I didn’t know I would feel them so extreme.
“They were conflicting emotions, you know. Sometimes I was extremely bored, other times I was totally blown away, overly impressed by the music – Father Zadok [by Handel] it was something from outer space – having some fun with what happened, getting angry with what happened, so he brought up a lot of different things.
Since guests at Westminster Abbey had to arrive long before the key actors of the day—Charles, Camilla and other members of the royal family—Cave said he found a place where he could sit alone by a wall to watch the coronation.
Two people came and sat on either side of him: a young Australian artist of Indigenous origin who was “incredibly contradictory” to be there, and a fierce monarchist Tory politician who explained to Cave in detail what each element was. It meant ceremony.
“It was an event that moved strangely and strangely in many different ways,” said Cave, a long-time resident in the UK’s south coast city of Brighton.
Cave announced that she would attend the coronation on her blog, Red Hand Files, where she chatted and answered questions with many of her fans around the world. Haber, “Why are you going to the king’s coronation?”
Cave replied: “I am not a monarchist, nor am I a royalist, nor am I an ardent republican for that matter; moreover, extraordinarily inquisitive about the world and the way it works, ideologically captured, more than likely the most important historical event in the United Kingdom of our time.” Nor am I so mean as to refuse an invitation that would be too much.
“Not just the most important, but also the weirdest, the weirdest.”