A reign of listening begins

 British coronations unfold in symbols and choreography dating back a thousand years. But the crowning of Charles III tomorrow holds something new – a multihued recitation of Christianity’s most sacred prayer led not just by the head of the Anglican Church, but by Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Sikh, and Hindu clerics as well.

This unique moment of worship – congregants will be invited to speak the Lord’s Prayer in any language – reflects the new king’s view of his realm as “a community of communities.” Yet a deeper symbolism is hard to ignore. A monarchy that once spread its language and power around the globe is having to adapt to a world shaping its own narratives of dignity and equality.

One place where that change is evident is just across the English Channel, where an Algerian film opened this week in a dozen theaters in Paris. Called “The Last Queen,” it tells the story of a woman who saves Algiers from foreign invasion in the 16th century. Historians debate whether the story, which has floated through Algerian lore for hundreds of years, is true. But for audiences, the film’s depiction of Algerian society is what counts.