Coronation of king charles III

All You Need To Know About The Coronation

The official date of the Coronation of King Charles III is being held on Saturday 6th May 2023 as officially stated by Buckingham Palace. [1]

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King Charles III was the heir to the throne, and he became king after the death of Queen Elizabeth II on 8th September 2022. The funeral of the queen was held on the 19th of September 2022.

The coronation will be held at Westminster Abbey in London and will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury. [2]

The coronation of King Charles III will be more modern than that of Queen Elizabeth II. Also, guest lists were slashed to only 2,000 from 8,000 before her coronation. [3]

The Big Ben in London.Big Ben in London

The official program for the Coronation has not yet been published. The time of the coronation has not yet been revealed.

It is unclear whether an extra bank holiday will be added or if it will be moved to Coronation weekend since May already has a bank holiday (1st May). [4]

In a statement, Buckingham Palace said that the ceremony will combine the ancient and modern - explaining that it will "reflect the monarchy's role today and look towards the future". [4]

In a similar but simpler ceremony, Camilla, King Charles III's wife, will be crowned Queen Consort for the first time since the Queen Mother in 1937. [4]

Westminister Abbey in London.Westminister Abbey

What is a coronation?

The word 'Coronation' refers to a service or ceremony of crowning an individual King or Queen.

The purpose of a coronation is to inaugurate a sovereign into office by bestowing upon his or her head the crown, which symbolizes royal authority.

Process of coronation of king charles

The coronation ceremony will be sectioned into six different parts namely the recognition, oath, anointing, investiture, enthronement, and homage. [2]

The following is an overview of the anointing part, where they officially crown him as King Charles III.  First, he will be anointed with holy oil, receive the orb, coronation ring and sceptre and then be crowned with the majestic St. Edward's crown and blessed during the ceremony. Just after, Camilla will then be anointed with holy oil and crowned Queen Consort just as Queen Mother when she was crowned in 1937. [5]

What Will Happen On The Day Of The Coronation?

On the day of the Coronation, there will be lots of security around the capital, especially near Westminster Abbey and other landmarks associated with the ceremony.

Expect that there will be lots of people in London on the day and also a few days before the official day.

While here, you will already start seeing people lining the streets with camping equipment and sleeping on the streets to be able to be as close as possible to see the King pass by.

On the day of the Coronation, most probably there will be roads that will be closed and traffic will be diverted.

This day will be an important day for the British people. Probably during the ceremony, many establishments will be closed temporarily or for the whole day.

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Kensington Borough in London England.Kensington Borough

Since London is easily accessible by metro, you can stay in any one of London's boroughs. Staying closer to the centre is easier as you need to travel less, but the cost of staying will be much higher. It always depends on your budget and type of accommodation.

Most attractions are within walking distance or a couple of metro stations away.

If you want to stay close to Big Ben, Westminster Bridge, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace it is recommended you stay in the boroughs of Mayfair, Westminster, Soho and St. James.

Staying a bit further away in the boroughs of Paddington, Kensington, Notting Hill and Marylebone.

Check out our guide to the best neighbourhoods where to stay in London.

what's the weather like in may?

The weather in London in May will be around 12.7°C (54.9°F) with around 8 days of rain. Since you will be outside a lot, we recommend taking with you a jacket and rain cover in case of showers.

Below is a live widget of the current weather in London.


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If you will not be able to visit London to see the ceremony, you will be able to watch the ceremony of the whole day from any sort of media.

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Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee.Crowds on Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee

Queen Elizabeth II reigned from 1952 to 2022. She passed away a few months after her Platinum Jubilee which was on 6th February 2022. King Charles III (Formerly Prince Charles) who is the eldest child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, put him automatically as the next heir to the throne.

The former Queen's coronation was done on June 2nd 1953 at Westminster Abbey in London. Around 23 million people saw this ceremony on television which was televised live for the first time by BBC.

frequently asked questions about the coronation

When is King Charles's Coronation?

The date of the Coronation is on Saturday 6th May 2023 as officially stated by Buckingham Palace.

Where will the Coronation be held?

It will be held at Westminster Abbey and will be conducted by Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

When did Prince Charles become King?

He was announced as King Charles III shortly after the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II on 8th September 2022.

What to do in London in May?

Check out our guide to the things to do in London in May. If you are travelling on a tight budget, then check out these free things to do.

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[1]The Royal Household Website

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[3]Daily Mail UK - King Charles III Coronation

[4]BBC - King Charles III Coronation

[5]The Guardian - King Charles III Coronation

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