In May, the world will have the opportunity to witness the first live coronation of a British king, Charles III. In order for you to be aware of all the details of this historic event, we provide you with detailed information so that you don’t miss a thing.
Charles III, 74, will be officially crowned after being proclaimed King of England on September 10, 2022, two days after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, the former Prince of Wales will become the oldest person to take the reins of the British crown.
When is King Charles’s coronation date?
Both Charles III and Queen Camilla will be crowned on the morning of May 6, eight months after the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Interestingly, the date coincides with the birthday of Archie Mountbatten Windsor, the son of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Where will the coronation ceremony be?
Since the coronation of William I in 1066, Westminster Abbey has been the venue for the coronation ceremonies of the 39 monarchs preceding Charles III in the history of the British monarchy. There, the next king will be anointed and will continue the tradition that has endured for centuries in this historic place.
What time is the coronation of King Charles?
The areas along the route for the public to watch the procession will open at 06:00 (London time). The formal celebrations will begin with a procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey. Charles and Camilla are expected to arrive at the abbey shortly before 11:00, the scheduled start time for the ceremony.
In which carriages will Charles and Camilla travel?
Unlike their predecessors, Charles III and Camilla will travel to Westminster Abbey in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach, a much more modern and comfortable vehicle.
Who will officiate the coronation of Charles III and what will the ceremony consist of?
The coronation ceremony of Charles III will follow the tradition of many previous coronations since 1066 and will be officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury. During the ceremony, the archbishop will anoint the king with holy oil and place the crown of St. Edward on his head, officially granting him the title of king. Charles III will occupy the iconic Coronation Chair and carry with him the sovereign’s scepter and rod, symbols of the monarch’s power over the nation and the Christian world.
How many stages does the service have?
There are several stages in the service, which are expected to last a little less than two hours: The Recognition, The Oath, The Anointing, The Investiture, and the Enthronement.
What are the coronation royalties?
Kept in the Tower of London, the coronation regalia are the jewels and other precious objects traditionally used in this ceremony. The set includes both the crowns that will be used by King Charles III and Queen Camilla on their big day and other historical pieces such as the gold phial containing the sacred oil with which Charles III will be anointed and the little spoon that will be used for that moment (the oldest object of the royalties); the king’s ring of sapphires, rubies and diamonds (created in 1831 for the coronation of William IV); and the orb and the scepters that Charles III and Camilla will wear.
What title will Camilla have after the coronation?
Camilla will have the title of Queen, without the “consort” tag. She will be anointed, crowned, and enthroned in a simpler ceremony and will not have to be sworn in.
What crown will Queen Camilla wear at the coronation?
She will be crowned with Queen Mary’s Crown, originally made for Queen Mary’s coronation with George V.
Who will be the pages of honor of Charles III and Camilla at the coronation?
There will be eight in total, four for each monarch. In the case of Charles III, he will have:
- Prince George: his grandson and heir to the throne.
- Oliver Cholmondeley: son of his private secretary, the Marquis of Cholmondeley, and Rose Hanbury.
- Ralph Tollemache: son of Edward Tollemache, godson of Charles.
- Nicholas Barclay: grandson of Charles’ second cousin, Sarah Troughton.
On the other hand, Queen Camilla will be accompanied by her three grandsons:
- Gus and Louis Lopes: sons of Laura Lopes.
- Freddy Parker Bowles: son of Tom Parker Bowles.
- Arthur Elliot: her great-nephew.
What is the Royal Procession?
After the service, the procession will follow the same route it did to reach the abbey, but now it will be back to Buckingham Palace. Charles and Camilla will travel in the Golden State Coach, which has been used at every coronation since that of William IV in 1831.
Will the king and queen wave from the balcony of Buckingham Palace?
Yes, it is tradition for the new monarch to wave to the crowd on The Mall from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, started with the coronation of Edward VII in 1902. At the 1953 ceremony, the Queen was present with her royal family and watched a flyover involving hundreds of aircraft.
How many people were invited to the ceremony?
Only 2,000 people are invited to the coronation of King Charles, a figure significantly lower than the more than 8,000 who attended the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II 70 years ago.
How much will the coronation of Charles III cost?
There is no official data on the cost of the ceremony for the British Government. Some experts estimate that the coronation of Charles III could cost more than 100 million pounds.
Will there be a coronation emoji?
Yes, an emoji has been designed for the celebrations, based on St. Edward’s crown. This illustration will appear on Twitter when coronation hashtags are used over the festive weekend.
Will there be a concert at Windsor Castle?
Yes, a major music concert will take place at Windsor Castle on Sunday, April 7. There will also be street parties around the country.
Which artists will perform at the coronation concert?
Lionel Richie, Andrea Boccelli, Freya Riding, Katy Perry, and the band Take That will perform on stage in the gardens of Windsor Castle.
Also participating will be “The Coronation Choir,” which is made up of a diverse group of community choirs and amateur singers from across the United Kingdom.
Where to watch the coronation in the US
The coronation service will be available for worldwide viewing on the Royal Family’s official YouTube channel. It will also be available on the official Sky News YouTube channel. The event will also be broadcast on BBC One, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds.