The crowning of King Charles III is expected to take place at Westminster Abbey on June 3, 2023, UK officials revealed.
The government officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity prior to a public announcement, stated that preparations are converging on that Saturday towards the beginning of the summer, while there are ongoing conversations over which additional days would become official holidays. Buckingham Palace refused to comment.
The coronation, which will occur almost 70 years to the day after his mother's coronation, will be the focal point of days of festivities commemorating the beginning of the new monarch's reign.
King Charles III, who is the former Prince of Wales, ascended to the throne and was proclaimed the new British monarch when his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, passed away last month.
Is King Charles III wearing the same crown as Queen Elizabeth II?
During the coronation, the Archbishop of Canterbury is said to lay St. Edward's Crown, also known as the Imperial State Crown, on the head of King Charles III.
The father of Prince William and Prince Harry would also be given the coronation ring, often known as the "nuptial ring of England." It will be worn on the fourth finger of the new monarch's right hand, alongside a sceptre dating back to 1661.
Therefore, King Charles III would likely wear the same crown as his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, during her reign. In 2018, the late queen disclosed to the world that the crown for her own coronation had to be adjusted.
Then, it is anticipated, though not confirmed, that King Charles III would likewise have his crown customized, which would either be done by The House of Garrard or Mark Appleby of Mappin & Webb, the royal jewellers.
What should royal followers expect from King Charles III’s coronation?
In June 2023, King Charles III would be 74 years old, making him the oldest monarch in British history. It has been generally speculated that the coronation would be a smaller, more humble version of previous celebrations, with room for representatives of other faiths and community organizations to reflect the variety of contemporary Britain.
King Charles III would be crowned alongside his wife, Camilla, the Queen Consort.
When Elizabeth II was crowned in 1953, more than 8,000 visitors from 129 countries journeyed to Westminster Abbey in the heart of London, where temporary seating platforms were built to accommodate them, including every member of the British nobility.
However, due to safety limits and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the cathedral can only accommodate roughly 2,000 people today, posing a challenge for event organizers.
The British Foreign Office spent days planning the seating arrangement for the burial of Queen Elizabeth II, keeping in mind diplomatic hierarchy and procedure.
The coronation ritual is steeped in custom. The monarch is sitting on a throne known as Edward's Chair, holding the sovereign's sceptre and rod, which symbolize his constitutional rule of the nation, and the sovereign's orb, which symbolizes the Christian world.
After being anointed with oil, blessed, and consecrated by senior clergy, King Charles III will be crowned with the crown of St. Edward.
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