Admire the royal retinue passing through the city and hold your breath over the bravery and dexterity of the knights
The coronation procession will start wandering through the city on Saturday, July 30, at 1 p.m., after group photography of historical groups in the sceneries of the castle. It will start on its journey from Bratislava Castle to the Main Square, where it will arrive at approximately 2 p.m.
In the coronation procession, you can see the different kings in the past crowned in Bratislava with their companion, while King Ferdinand IV will ride on horseback with his suite at the lead of the procession. The clergy, led by the archbishop, will also walk in the procession in front of the crown jewels.
The audience will thus see the evolution of clothing, armour and accessories over time. Throughout the procession, the herald will be in the Main Square to provide you with information about the historical background of the coronation, and once the procession has shown itself, he will also introduce its various parts.
The coronation oaths
Two oaths were part of the Hungarian coronation ritual: the “coronation oath” and the “oath to the country”. The coronation oath consisted of the act of the king mounting his stallion on his hind legs and waving the coronation sword to the four cardinal points to show that he was ready to defend the country against enemies, wherever they might come from. You can enjoy this act not only at the Main Square, but also on the Tyrš Embankment later that day, where the King will perform a ritual battle with the enemies.
By swearing an oath to the country, the King pledges to respect and honour the laws of the land, customary law and all privileges previously granted, whether to individuals or communities. Under the Golden Bull of Andrew II, violation of this oath entitled the inhabitants of the kingdom to rise up with arms in hand against the king. That is why there have been so many rebellions in the history of Hungary.
Tournaments were natural parts of the coronation festivities. The Knights’ Tournament will therefore take place on Tyrš Embarkment from 5:30 p.m., but before it starts, you will be delighted at falconers’ performances and fencing duels. You will be introduced to knights from Slovakia, Czechia, Poland and Hungary. After 6 p.m., the Middle Ages style tournament itself will begin. You can then also watch the coronation oath ceremony, where the king will wave his sword to the four cardinal points.