With the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, Charles III became king.
In the days that followed, he was officially proclaimed the new monarch of Great Britain and now, after months of painstaking preparation, the coronation ceremony takes place on May 6, 2023.
The coronation is part of a long weekend of celebrations in honor of the new monarch, from street parties to concerts.
Thousands of people will gather at Westminster Abbey and the surrounding streets in central London.
Charles’ coronation is expected to be shorter than his mother’s seven decades ago.
Back then, the ceremony – which was the first live royal event to be televised – lasted more than three hours.
This time, many experts suggest it is likely to last two hours at most.
What happens during the coronation service? The route and the schedule
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will lead the ceremony.
The basic elements of the service are recognition, oath, anointing, investiture, crowning and homage.
Recognition is when the sovereign presents himself to the people.
After taking the coronation oath (to rule according to the law, to exercise justice with mercy and to support the Church of England) – the monarch is anointed with holy oil by the archbishop.
King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla will leave Buckingham Palace in a black and gold horse-drawn carriage built for Queen Elizabeth’s 60th birthday.
The 2-kilometer route is slightly shorter than the one that Queen Elizabeth II traveled.
The procession will pass through Admiralty Arch; next to Trafalgar Square and a statue of Charles I, the beheaded monarch in 1649; and past the Parliament before arriving at the religious service.
Schedule for Coronation Day – Saturday 6 May 2023
- 8:00: Coronation viewing areas will open along the main procession route
- 9:15: Guests of Westminster Abbey will begin arriving at security checkpoints in Victoria Tower Gardens. 11:00: The congregation will be seated inside Westminster Abbey.
- 11:30-12:45: Coronation guests, including the royal family, heads of state and former prime ministers are scheduled to arrive.
- 11:45: The Sovereign Cavalry Escort of the Royal Household will prepare to assemble for the Procession at Buckingham Palace.
- 12:20: The King and Queen will travel from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey.
- 13:00: The main event, the coronation, will take place. The ceremony will begin once the royals have finished their arrival procession from Buckingham Palace. Before Charles’s coronation, a number of ceremonial acts will be performed. The Archbishop of Canterbury will ask for the recognition of the monarch.
- 15:00: The coronation procession is expected to begin as the royals return from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace, with nearly 4,000 troops expected to be involved.
- 15:45: The Royal Salute – The King and Queen are saluted on the west terrace of the Buckingham Palace garden, after which the military personnel present will give three cheers.
- 16:15: 15 members of the royal family will gather on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the flight that will pay tribute to Charles and Camilla.
- The route can be followed on the Royal House’s Twitter page – https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily/status/1645180323599118337?s=20
Schedule for Sunday, May 7, 2023
- 14:00: To mark the official coronation of King Charles III as Britain’s monarch, Coronation Big Lunches will bring communities together during the special coronation weekend. Big lunches are held annually in the UK and last year they raised over £22m for local charities. King Charles and Camilla have officially chosen a coronation quiche as the dish for the big lunch.
- 17:00: The other big event of the day is the coronation concert. The event will take place on the East Lawn of Windsor Castle, marking the first time a concert has been held on the premises. Ticket holders will be welcomed to the event starting at 5:00 p.m., with a crowd of 20,000 expected to attend.
- 21:00: Katy Perry, Lionel Ritchie and Take That, among others, will be present at the Coronation Concert, with the event starting at 21:00.
Schedule for Monday, May 8, 2023
Public holiday Monday, May 8, has been declared a public holiday to mark the King’s coronation.
This will be valid throughout the UK, and in recognition of the King’s concern for strengthening local communities, the public will be encouraged to volunteer and join projects in their region as part of the “Big Help Out” campaign.
📺 Watch the first Coronation Service in almost 70 years live on YouTube tomorrow.
⏰ Livestream starts at 10.25 BST.
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 5, 2023
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