I have discussed the Coronation with several friends, all devout Monarchists, who found one aspect of the ceremony both surprising and awe-inspiring. I suspect that this was a widespread reaction. Everyone knew that there would be gold coaches, crowns and a magnificent military display. But many people did not realise that the Coronation would also be a profoundly religious service. If Monarchy itself is a secular transcendence, the Archbishop was determined to ensure that he would preside over a Consecration.
He succeeded. These have not been easy years for the Church of England, and Justin Welby himself does not often give the impression that he is enjoying his job. But on Saturday, he placed his Church and its mission back at the centre of the nation’s life. Without going too far into the idiom of management consultancy, the question is whether he can build on that success.