King Charles’ coronation is happening in May next year (Picture: KIRSTY O’CONNOR/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Talk has already turned to King Charles III’s coronation, which reports suggest is planned as a ‘slimmed down’ version of the occasion, with 6,000 fewer guests than at The Queen’s in 1953 – though we are expected to see His Majesty arrive in style in the Gold State Coach.
Many will now be wondering when the coronation will take place, and if it will be a bank holiday in the UK.
Here’s all you need to know.
When will The King’s coronation take place?
King Charles III’s coronation will take place on Saturday, May 6 2023.
Vivat Rex – long live The King (Picture: Getty)
Buckingham Palace announced the news on October 11, and confirmed that it will take place at Westminster Abbey, be held by the Archbishop of Canterbury, and that Camilla will also be crowned.
The Palace also addressed the much-discussed topic of a ‘slimmed down’ coronation, adding in its statement: ‘The coronation will reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry.’
Previously, royal biographer Hugo Vickers predicted the date could be June 2, 2023.
That would have been serendipitous, as The Queen’s coronation took place exactly 70 years earlier on June 2, 1953.
Her Majesty’s coronation took place more than a year after the death of her father, King George VI, on February 6, 1952.
Queen Elizabeth II was not crowned until a year after her accession (Picture: The Print Collector/Getty Images)
Could King Charles III’s coronation be a bank holiday?
Although it was widely expected, it looks like the country will not get a bank holiday for the coronation of King Charles III.
The palace is yet to confirm it, but the assumption that there would be an extra day off for millions is believed to have caused an ‘issue’ with government planning, amid fears for the economy, The Telegraph reported.
What to expect from King Charles III’s coronation
Some details of The King’s coronation have been planned for quite some time.
Under the code name ‘Operation Golden Orb’, a source told the Daily Mail in February 2022 that it had been planned to the smallest detail.
The source said: ‘The Golden Orb committee used to meet twice a year, but now they’re meeting much more frequently, sometimes once a month.
‘Compared to the last coronation, there will be a lot less fuss. Last time, special green chairs were commissioned and guests were able to have them delivered to their homes afterwards. You won’t see that sort of thing this time.’
The King is also said to want a ‘less expensive’ coronation, amid the cost of living crisis facing the nation.
The official website for the Royal Family also explains more about the traditions of a coronation.
It explains: ‘The coronation of the new Sovereign follows some months after his or her accession, following a period of mourning and as a result of the enormous amount of preparation required to organise the ceremony.
The St Edward’s Crown will be worn at the coronation of The King (Picture: JACK HILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The Imperial State Crown was worn by The Queen just after her coronation, and is worn at the State Opening of Parliament by the monarch each year (Picture: Hannah McKay- WPA Pool/Getty Images)
‘Present are representatives of the Houses of Parliament, Church and State. Prime ministers and leading citizens from the Commonwealth and representatives of other countries also attend.’
During the ceremony, the Sovereign takes the coronation oath, and wears the St Edward’s Crown.
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