King Charles III: When is the King’s coronation?
Although Charles became king the moment his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, died, monarchs traditionally wait months following the death of their predecessor to be crowned.
Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, for example, took place 16 months after she became monarch.
The British public will not have to wait as long to see Charles crowned, however.
Find out below when his coronation will take place and what we can expect from the day.
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When is King Charles III’s coronation?
King Charles III’s coronation will take place on Saturday, May 6, 2023, eight months after the Queen’s death.
The Archbishop of Canterbury will conduct the ceremony at Westminster Abbey.
It is expected that it will last around an hour, unlike the Queen’s coronation, which lasted nearly three hours.
The ceremony is expected to mostly be traditional, although it will probably be more low-key than previous coronations.
For example, it is thought 2,000 guests will attend the ceremony rather than the 8,000 who attended the Queen’s coronation.
The peers who attend are also expected to wear suits and dresses rather than ceremonial robes.
The announcement from the Royal Family says: “The Coronation will reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in long-standing traditions and pageantry.”
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The cost-of-living crisis that is impacting millions of households across the UK may be a factor in the Government and palace’s decision to scale back the ceremony.
There will also be a bank holiday to celebrate the coronation, on Monday, May 8, 2023, two days after the coronation ceremony.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak confirmed the bank holiday and said it would be a chance to “come together and celebrate” and would mark “a unique moment for our country”.
He said: “I look forward to seeing people come together to celebrate and pay tribute to King Charles III by taking part in local and national events across the country in his honour.”
History of the Crown Jewels
With a new exhibition in the year of the coronation, the Tower of London will delve more deeply than ever into the history of the Crown Jewels.
The exhibition in the Jewel House, where the irreplaceable collection is housed under armed guard, will look into the history of some of the priceless items, including the contentious Koh-i-Noor diamond, for the first time.
In May, only a few weeks after the King and the Queen Consort are crowned in Westminster Abbey, the public will be able to visit the home of the Crown Jewels for the first time in more than 10 years.
Pubs to open for longer
Throughout the weekend of King Charles III’s coronation, pubs, clubs, and bars will stay open till the small hours.
From Friday, May 5 through Sunday, May 7, venues in England and Wales will stay open an additional two hours to accommodate clients.
To allow people to “enjoy an additional pint or two”, Home Secretary Suella Braverman will extend licence hours from the customary 11pm BST to 1am.
“A momentous occasion deserving of special celebration,” she declared.
Who is performing at the coronation?
A world-famous conductor called Sir John Eliot Gardiner, who is also a Dorset farmer, will perform the first 20 minutes of music at the King’s coronation in May.
King Charles and Fontmell Magna resident Sir Gardiner became friends when they met at a Sandringham celebration.
The pair share an interest in classical music and sustainable agriculture. Sir Gardiner also gave the King two heifers for his 60th birthday.
Take That are also rumoured to be performing, according to the Daily Mail, as well as Olly Murs, Lionel Richie, and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
It seems as though Buckingham Palace is struggling to recruit performers for the coronation, as a growing list of A-list stars have reportedly turned down the offer.
Harry Styles, Elton John, Adele, Ed Sheeran, Robbie Williams, and The Spice Girls are all said to have been approached.
The Mirror reports that organisers of the coronation had thought the Windsor Castle concert would be a “very easy sell”, but have been “met by a number of rejections” from the talent they’ve reached out to.
According to The Sun, the artists have turned down the offers due to their busy schedules.