Historical Timing of East Kingdom Coronation

A recent comment on social media led me to wonder when the East Kingdom’s spring-and-fall calendar for coronations had been established. I knew it had been developed independently of the West, which follows a completely different schedule, and a cursory glance at the list of coronation dates shows that the first few years were much more ad-hoc — when had things stabilized?

I pasted the dates into a spreadsheet and applied a few minor transformations to produce this chart, showing the chaos of the kingdom’s first five years followed by a shift in 1973:

From 1974 on, every coronation for 45 years is held in April or in October (with a few slipping into the last weekend of September). The only break in this pattern comes during 2020 and 2021, when Covid made it exceedingly difficult to hold events.

Those Covid-year reigns really stand out on a chart of reign lengths, encompassing a span of nearly two years:

With those exceptions, the post-1973 reigns hold very closely to a six-month cycle; the most common reign length is exactly 26 weeks, closely followed by years with a pair of reigns at 25 and 27 weeks.

The biggest variations emerge in stretches of years when spring coronations slip into the second half of April, giving us a cycle of 24-week summer reigns and 28-week winter reigns, but these are a minority in what is otherwise a very stable cycle.

Overall, an impressive degree of continuity!

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