When is King Charles’ Coronation?

KING Charles’ Coronation is sure to be a grand occasion, with thousands in attendance and millions watching around the world.

Here, we tell you when it is and what will happen on the day.


Charles officially became King upon the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, but his Coronation is expected to take place in May 2023Credit: AFP

When will King Charles’ coronation take place?

Charles officially became King following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

However, it is tradition to wait until a sufficient period of mourning has passed, before crowning the new sovereign. 

King Charles’s coronation will take place on Saturday, May 6, 2023.

A bank holiday has been added to the weekend on Monday, May 8, so the celebrations can be continued.

His Majesty’s coronation in Westminster Abbey will be almost 70 years after his mother the Queen was crowned.

The late Queen’s Coronation took place on June 2, 1953 – over a year after she ascended to the throne following the death of her father King George VI.

Sources have said that the ceremony will be shorter, smaller and less expensive than that of the Queen’s.

Charles’ ceremony is to reflect the different faith and religions that make up modern Britain.

What happens at the Coronation?

The ceremony is a long, intricate process steeped in tradition.

Senior members of the Government and the Church of England will attend, alongside the Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, and other leading members of the Commonwealth.

It will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and take place in London’s Westminster Abbey, as it has for the past 900 years.

The Archbishop of Canterbury will first confirm Charles’ acceptance of becoming King by reading the Coronation oath.

Charles will be asked if he will govern the UK and other nations of the Commonwealth, and do so with law and justice.

King Charles will be seated in the Coronation Chair – known as Edward’s Chair.

He will hold the sovereign’s sceptre and rod, to represent control of the nation, and the sovereign’s orb, to represent the Christian world.

Charles will be anointed, blessed and consecrated by the Archbishop, who will then place the crown of St Edward on Charles’s head.

After the coronation ceremony, the King will most likely stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with other members of the Royal Family.

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