Buckingham Palace has officially announced the coronation date and plans for King Charles III, following the royal’s ascension to the throne on 8 September.
King Charles III’s coronation is to be held on Saturday 6 May, at Westminster Abbey, in London where British monarchs have been crowned for the last 900 years.
The Archbishop of Canterbury will conduct the service and crown him, as has been a tradition since 1066. Camilla, the Queen Consort, will be alongside the King and will also be crowned in the historic ceremony.
The Palace wrote: “The Coronation of His Majesty The King will take place on Saturday 6 May 2023 at Westminster Abbey.
The Coronation of His Majesty The King will take place on Saturday 6 May 2023 at Westminster Abbey.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) October 11, 2022
The Ceremony will see His Majesty King Charles III crowned alongside The Queen Consort.
“The Ceremony will see His Majesty King Charles III crowned alongside The Queen Consort.”
In its statement, Buckingham Palace said: “The coronation will reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry.”
It will mark the first coronation in Britain in seven decades and one that will be pared back considerably from the extravagant ceremony held for Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
While 8,000 people packed into stands for Queen Elizabeth’s three-hour coronation in 1953, King Charles will reportedly trim the guest list to Westminster Abbey’s actual capacity of 2,000 for an hour-long ceremony.
Charles’ eldest son, Prince William, who is the next in line to the throne, is expected to play a significant role in the ceremony.
Guest lists have yet to be confirmed for the big event, including whether or not Harry and Meghan will be invited or be able to travel from California to attend.
King Charles III coronation date has been revealed a month after the death of Queen Elizabeth, who died peacefully at Balmoral Castle on September 8th. Though Charles succeeded his mother as monarch immediately upon her death, his role was officially proclaimed on two days later in a ceremony laden with pomp and procedure at St. James’s Palace
His coronation did not take place immediately to respect a period of mourning as well as to allow time for preparations for the ceremony.