King Charles III’s
coronation ceremony will take place on May 6 next year at Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace said Tuesday.
The coronation of the British king, the first such ceremony since the late Queen Elizabeth II’s in 1953, marks the moment when the monarch is formally invested with regal power. The queen consort, Camilla, will also be crowned during the event. The ceremony is largely symbolic, as King Charles became monarch the moment his mother died last month.
The British monarchy is the last European monarchy to continue with the tradition of coronation.
The ceremony, which has remained largely the same for centuries, sees the monarch take the coronation oath to uphold the law and the church. King Charles III will then be anointed with holy oil and have the St. Edward’s Crown—made of solid gold and dating from 1661—placed on his head. The queen consort is crowned with the king, in a similar but simpler ceremony. It will be held in Westminster Abbey, in central London, continuing a 900-year-long tradition.
This moment of royal celebration, which traditionally takes place several months after the previous monarch to allow for planning and mourning, will be presided over by the Archbishop of Canterbury. “The coronation will reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry,” Buckingham Palace said.
Royal watchers expect the ceremony to be pared back both in length and scale. Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation lasted around four hours. King Charles’s could be significantly shorter. The event is funded by British taxpayers, so the government gets to choose who attends.
Still, it will be another set piece moment for the British royal family to gather and be the focus of the nation’s attention. After recent coronations the royal family then gather at Buckingham Palace and greet well-wishers from the balcony.
Buckingham Palace said further details would be announced in due course.
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Appeared in the October 12, 2022, print edition as ‘Coronation Of King Charles Is Set for The Spring.’