The “Coronation Roll”, a traditional elaborate ceremonial record of the coronation of the monarchs of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland that dates back to 1308, has been veganised as it has now been printed on cotton paper instead of the traditional vellum (skin of calves).

The Coronation Roll is the true state record of the Coronation proceedings from the record of the proclamations on Accession, to listing the Coronation Claims process, followed by a complete record of the Coronation service (as it occurred at Westminster Abbey on 6th May 2023 in the case of the current monarch).

As is customary, the 21-metre scroll was presented to King Charles and Queen Camilla before the first anniversary of their coronation. It is all handwritten and contains colourful illustrations, this time by calligrapher Stephanie Gill and artist Timothy Noad.

However, the veganisation of this ritual does not mean that the current monarchy is vegan-friendly. It has been reported that the reason for the veganisation of the document is that King Charles has advocated for animal welfare, but this is not consistent with his behaviour. He has always been supportive of foxhunting. When the debate to ban it was going on in 2004 he famously stated that he had no intention of stopping hunting until the practice was made illegal. Queen Camilla also continued hunting until the last moment and made her support clear at that time.

Although King Charles opposes the consumption of foie gras and in 2022 it was announced that there will no longer be any foie gras served in any of the British royal family residences, he is a meat eater, a patron of the Speciality Cheesemakers Association, and said that eggs from hens are among his favourite foods. Also, Queen Camilla controversially held an ivory sceptre at the coronation.

King Charles also allows sheep farming on royal land. On 24th May 2021, three vegan activists from the animal rights group Animal Rising rescued three lambs from a farm on King Charles’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. The lambs are now all grown up and have escaped their gruesome fate in the hands of the animal agriculture industry (the farmer who claimed to own them confirmed to the police that, aside from a few used for breeding, the other lambs from the estate were killed “for meat” shortly after the rescue).

Jordi Casamitjana
“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.