The politician who went viral for carrying swords at King Charles' coronation stated she took painkillers earlier than the strenuous job

  • British politician Penny Mordaunt performed a key function in King Charles’ coronation on Could 6. 
  • Her duties comprised of carrying swords all through the ceremony, which lasted over an hour.
  • Talking on the BBC’s “Political Pondering” podcast, she revealed she took painkillers to organize.

The British politician tasked with dealing with conventional swords at King Charles’ coronation stated she took painkillers to cope with the sheer pressure of holding them up for over an hour.  

Penny Mordaunt, 50, was heart stage at Charles and Queen Camilla’s coronation on Saturday. The primary coronation within the UK in 70 years, the royal occasion noticed roughly 2,200 particular visitors collect at Westminster Abbey to witness Charles formally start his reign whereas thousands and thousands watched the historic second unfold on TV. 

Though Charles’ coronation was way more condensed than that of his predecessor, Queen Elizabeth II, the ceremony nonetheless lasted for properly over an hour. Mordaunt, a consultant of the Conservative Social gathering, took on the function of Lord President of the Privy Council, which concerned her carrying two swords all through the coronation.

Penny Mordaunt and King Charles III at his coronation at Westminster Abbey on May 6, 2023 in London, England

Penny Mordaunt and King Charles III at his coronation at Westminster Abbey on Could 6, 2023 in London, England

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She arrived at Westminster Abbey holding the Sword of Property earlier than swapping it out for the Jewelled Sword of Providing.

In accordance with iNews, the primary sword weighs roughly 3.6 kilograms, or roughly 8 kilos, and is 1.2 meters lengthy. It was made within the seventeenth century for King Charles II and continues to be used for the opening of State Parliament within the UK, as iNews reported.

In the meantime, the Jewelled Sword of Providing is encrusted with diamonds, rubies, and incorporates a gold hilt — a design advised by King George IV within the nineteenth century, in keeping with the Royal Assortment Belief.

Reflecting on the duty throughout a latest look on the BBC’s “Political Pondering” podcast, Mordaunt stated she ready for her function by taking ache medicines.

“I did take a few painkillers earlier than simply to ensure I used to be going to be all proper,” she informed the podcast’s host Nick Robinson, including that she’d not skilled in any other case and had not been within the gymnasium for six months previous to the royal occasion. 

In an effort to preserve her blood circulation, Mordaunt — who was the primary girl to be take up the traditional job, because the BBC famous — stated she relied on tips she picked up throughout her navy coaching comparable to “wriggling” her toes. She additionally stated having “an excellent breakfast” and “comfy sneakers” was useful. 

Earlier than the coronation, Mordaunt joked that she had been getting ready to hold the swords by doing “press-ups” in an interview on “The Red Box Politics Podcast.”

Whereas many coronation watchers on the large day praised Mordaunt for her capacity to carry the swords with out faltering, some social media customers took the chance to poke enjoyable at her sword-wielding stamina.  

One social-media person edited a photograph of her holding the sword for a kebab. In the meantime, others joked that she deserved to be in the Olympics for holding the swords for so long as she did.


However Mordaunt did not appear fazed by the memes — in actual fact, she was a fan.

“I used to be reunited with my telephone and located I had turn out to be a meme,” Mordaunt informed the BBC. “I say properly completed to the Nice British public.”