Nick Cave took to his newsletter, The Red Hand Files, to defend the fact that he will be attending the coronation of King Charles III and the queen consort, Camilla. Commenters asked “Why the fuck are you going to the King’s coronation?” and “Are you a monarchist? Why go?”
The Bad Seeds musician stated that: “I am no a monarchist, nor am I a royalist, nor am I an ardent republican for that matter; what I am also not is so spectacularly incurious about the world and the way it works, so ideologically captured, so damn grouchy, as to refuse an invitation to what will more than likely be the most important historical event in the UK of our age. Not just the most important, but the strangest, the weirdest.”
Born and raised in Australia, Cave has spent many years of his life living in the UK. In 2017, he was named an Officer of the Order of Australia – a Commonwealth nation whose head of state is King Charles III.
He goes on to reminisce about when he once met Queen Elizabeth II who was “dressed in a salmon-coloured twin-set, seemed almost extraterrestrial, and was the most charismatic woman I have ever met.” At her funeral last year, Cave admitted he found himself “weeping”. He added that “beyond the interminable but necessary debates about the abolition of the monarchy, I hold an inexplicable emotional attachment to the Royals.”
One of the four commenters asked, “What would the young Nick Cave thought of that?!” to which he continued that he was “like many young people, mostly demented, so I’m a little cautious around using him as a benchmark for what I should or should not do.”
With the coronation taking place this Saturday 6th of May at Westminster Abbey, Cave ends on a quippy note: “So, with all that in mind, I am looking forward to going to the Coronation. I think I’ll wear a suit.”