The Coronation Grim Reaper Explained
Thanks to Twitter, millions of us have now seen what looks like The Grim Reaper at the Coronation. This figure is actually a well-known ghost at Westminster Abbey, Father Benedictus.
He does not feature on the official Coronation stamp, but he certainly starred on television.
He was murdered by robbers at Westminster Abbey in 1303, writes Peter Underwood in Haunted London. This footage of Father Benedictus has now gone viral and can be seen on YouTube.
How Father Benedictus Died
According to historian James Clark (Haunted London), the ghostly Father Benedictus died during the reign of King Henry VIII after robbers met him while trying to take the treasures in the Chapel of the Pyx. In 1934 a clairvoyant claimed he had named himself and died in the 1530’s.
Westminster Abbey’s own website shows its Benedictine monks and they are indeed wearing the robe and hood of the figure millions thought was The Grim Reaper during the Coronation.
The Westminster Abbey website is the best source for the history of this fascinating institution, for obvious reasons. In fact, it’s one of the best websites anywhere for a detailed look at British history (below).
Father Benedictus Haunts Westminster Abbey
Father Benedictus appeared at the wedding of the late Queen Mother, too. He has form with the Royal Family. (Image: Wikimedia Commons). Known then as the Duchess of York, the Queen Mother’s marriage to the Duke of York (the future King George VI) was haunted by this dark figure, in front of witnesses, according to historian Underwood, who interviewed them for his book, in the 1960’s. This extract from Underwood’s fascinating book about the British spirit world, reveals that our Grim Reaper was actually there when the Queen Mother married the future King George VI. Charles’ grandparents.
The Queen Mother and The Abdication
Father Benedictus appeared on the eve of the wedding of the future King George VI to Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in 1923. She would later become The Queen Mother. The haunted couple would later make history as George’s brother King Edward VIII abdicated (King but never King) to marry twice-divorced Wallis Simpson. The Abdication took place in 1936.
Divorce, abdication, is Father Benedictus trying to tell us something?
Sound Disruption at the Haunted Charles III Coronation
Newsweek contacted Westminster Abbey about the so-called Grim Reaper after the Coronation scare and they claimed the figure was a verger. Yet, he looks quite different to any modern verger with his peaked hood and is also clearly out of bounds, at the ceremony. For the record, Father Benedictus commonly haunts the Cloisters at Westminster Abbey.
The BBC sound disruption at the Coronation confirms this was a spirit, as interference with television or radio signals is common when mediums are in contact with the other side. Further down, he has also been making appearances on my website, but more on that in a moment.
The Grim Reaper Ghost Interfering with BBC Transmission
The Daily Mail (image above, on Twitter @MailOnline) had easily the best social media coverage of this haunted Coronation. It included questions about the strange and patchy BBC sound, in particular. This is classic spirit world intervention and has all the hallmarks of a Most Haunted Coronation.
BBC viewers switched to ITV after the audio broadcast broke up and interference was heard from production staff. Of course, it may not have been production staff talking at all.
Was It Archbishop Nikitas?
Was the hooded figure Archbishop Nikitas? If so, he was hooded, not with the cap seen in footage – and he was oddly separated from the rest of the congregation. The Orthodox Times is the newspaper of record for the Greek Orthodox church and here their still from the Coronation shows his headwear.
Princess Diana and Electronic Voice Phenomena
Spirit world presence commonly interferes with technology for reasons we don’t understand. Voices can be heard, from people who have passed, on the radio (in the static in between stations) and also on live television.
It happened at the Coronation and it also happened, with Princess Diana clearly audible, at the late Queen’s funeral.
As early as 7.30am on the day of the Coronation, according to The Daily Telegraph in London, BBC viewers were shown coloured bars and a message saying ‘BBC North Salford’.
Death Is Irreversible
A BBC spokesman said, “We apologise that some viewers experienced intermittent sound drop-out during the Coronation broadcast on BBC One. This was due to an audio conversion issue.” Or something else?
Princess Diana famously used E.V.P. (Electronic Voice Phenomena) to interrupt the ITV broadcast of the Queen’s funeral procession. “Death is irreversible and the fact that she is trapped” can clearly be heard – in Diana’s voice – in clips on YouTube and Tik-Tok which have reached millions.
Mercury Retrograde and an Eclipse Coronation
On Friday 20th January I told Anna Barry at The Express, that Charles would not rule. I said the biggest shake-up for the monarchy in 248 years was coming and the upcoming Coronation would not go as planned.
In two interviews with The Express, I also said “Expect a date change or cancellation.”
Images like this, of Sydney Opera House, went right around Twitter when the decision to pull the Coronation light show was made. The Coronation wasn’t cancelled but events around it were. The date did change – at least according to Bloomberg.
The June 3rd Coronation That Wasn’t
Bloomberg reported the Coronation was set for 3rd June 2023, back on 6th October 2022. Buckingham Palace then corrected it.
The Coronation Set for 2033? Well, if you looked at an official medal, The Daily Mail reported, it appeared to be ten years on. All this is pretty standard for Mercury Retrograde.
Cancellations and Eclipse Weather
At Battersea Power Station, the public livestream screen went black. Bad weather (heavy showers) cancelled a chain of big screen viewings around the United Kingdom. More Mercury Retrograde. And going to black, is a classic eclipse symbol.
The Red Arrows Flypast Rescheduling
The Red Arrows Flypast in Bournemouth was cancelled because of poor weather on the South Coast. The Guardian reported cancelled Coronation parties after a lack of donation to costs and – big news in Australia – the New South Wales government (above, Twitter) cancelled the Opera House Coronation event.
The Coronation Oath Bible Mistakes
The Coronation was a classic example of Mercury Retrograde at work, on the historic bible itself – on one of the most important days of the year.
King Charles’ Coronation Oath Bible contained mistakes, said its editor. That may yet prove to be more significant than anybody thinks.
Three days before the Coronation, a controlled explosion of shotgun cartridges at Buckingham Palace and an arrest also made breaking news. Even Prince Harry’s US Visa papers were on the line following legal action in the US.
Charles and Camilla, Haunted By…What?
Charles and Camilla were certainly haunted by Father Benedictus at their Coronation, complete with BBC sound interference and strange voices. So, what else are they haunted by? Time will tell, along with the usual delayed impact of that Lunar Eclipse.
That document about the legality and constitutional status of the Charles-Camilla marriage (sealed until Charles III’s death) could be one factor.
Perhaps the good father could tell us more, but one thing’s certain. That was not an actor dressed as The Grim Reaper. In fact, historically, Father Benedictus has always appeared to be solid.
Spot Father Benedictus on My Website
I’m updating this feature on 23rd May 2023 following a lot of comments about the image of Father Benedictus at the top of this feature – popping up in other stories on my website.
I have asked Asporea who run this website if there is an explanation. None has been provided.
Please tell me if you see his image appearing anywhere else on my website. Thank you.