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Everything we know about King Charles III's coronation so far

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Everything we know about King Charles' coronation HANNAH MCKAY - Getty Images

Many of us will be too young to remember the last coronation, which took place 70 years ago in 1953 and saw crowds line the streets to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's official crowning. The nation turned their gardens, parks and streets into party venues, scattered with Union Jack flags, bunting and cakes in celebration of the new monarch.

And now, the UK is gearing up to do it all over again to mark King Charles III's ascension to the throne following Her Majesty's death. Although Charles has had a few months to settle into his new role, there’s still a little longer to wait until the world can witness his official coronation.

Thankfully, Buckingham Palace has been sure to share plenty of information about the much-anticipated event, which should help inspire those of us planning our own celebrations. With that in mind, here’s everything you need to know about King Charles III's coronation...

When is King Charles III’s coronation?

Unlike the Queen's coronation which took place in June, Charles' coronation will take place on Saturday 6 May, 2023 at Westminster Abbey. If the date seems familiar, that's because it is: the King's grandson, Archie Harrison, was born on 6 May.

The venue should be familiar too, as Westminster Abbey has been the setting of British coronations for the past 900 years, as well as many a royal wedding.

Will we get a bank holiday for King Charles III's coronation?

Just as there was for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, you might be pleased to hear that there will be an extra bank holiday for the coronation of Charles. The official date of 6 May already falls on a Saturday, which means Monday 8 May will be a bank holiday. And yep, it has been confirmed by the government.

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Queen Elizabeth II at her coronation in 1953.Hulton Archive - Getty Images

What are the coronation plans for the entire weekend?

Thousands of events are expected to take place across the country, as people jazz up their streets, gardens, parks and community spaces for the coronation celebrations. Here’s a three day plan of what to expect…

Saturday 6 May

His Majesty and Queen Consort Camilla will begin ‘The King’s Procession’, starting at Buckingham Palace and arriving at Westminster Abbey for the ceremony to begin. The coronation service will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury at Westminster Abbey where Charles will take the coronation oath, be anointed with consecrated oil and receive the orb and sceptres.

After the service, the pair will return to Buckingham Palace in a larger ceremonial procession, known as ‘The Coronation Procession,’ – not to be confused with ‘The King’s Procession’. Once the King and the Queen Consort have arrived back at Buckingham Palace, other Royal Family members will join the couple on the balcony to finish the day’s ceremonial events.

Sunday 7 May

On the second day of the celebrations, a Coronation Concert will take place at Windsor Castle, which will be broadcast live on BBC One, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds. The Coronation Concert will see musicians and contemporary artists perform on stage, along with an orchestra performance and an exclusive choir show. The choir is made up of singers from a range of backgrounds across the UK, such as refugees, NHS staffers and members of the LGBTQ+ community, to name a few.

If members of the public are hoping to attend the concert, they will need to go through a national ballot held by the BBC. Thousands of people will then be selected and provided with tickets to attend. Watch this space to find out more on how to grab yourself a spot.

If you can’t enjoy the concert from Windsor Castle itself, members of the public will have the option to celebrate as part of the ‘Lighting up the Nation’ event. This will see locations across the country lit up using projectors, lasers, drone displays and illuminations. Sounds like it's going to be big!

There will also be The Coronation Big Lunch, where communities across the UK are encouraged to share food and celebrations on the day – whether it’s a cuppa with your neighbour or a full on street party. Head here to start planning your Big Lunch.

Monday 8 May

Although Monday is the last day of official celebrations – and the bank holiday, remember – there's still plenty going on, namely The Big Help Out, which encourages everyone to volunteer and join in on any work that is taking place in their local area.

In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “Their Majesties The King and The Queen Consort hope the coronation weekend will provide an opportunity to spend time and celebrate with friends, families and communities across the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth. Their Majesties are looking forward to marking the occasion with the public throughout 2023.”

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Camilla will be crowned during the same ceremony as Charles.Chris Jackson - Getty Images

Who will be at King Charles III’s coronation?

No guest list has been revealed as of yet, but there’s no doubt members of the Royal Family and dignitaries will attend, including the Prince and Princess of Wales, representatives from the Houses of Parliament, members of the Church and politicians from around the world. There is expected to be around 2,000 people in attendance at the King’s coronation service, which is *a lot* smaller than the 8,000-strong guest-list that squished into Westminster Abbey for Queen Elizabeth II’s.

It hasn’t been confirmed as to whether the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, will be invited. In an interview with ITV, Harry was asked if he will attend the King's coronation. The Duke of Sussex responded: "There's a lot that can happen between now and then. But, the door is always open. The ball is in their court. There's a lot to be discussed and I really hope that they're willing to sit down and talk about it."

What crown will King Charles III be coronated with?

King Charles will be crowned with none other than the centrepiece of the Crown Jewels – the St Edward’s Crown. During the coronation service at Westminster Abbey, the Archbishop of Canterbury will place the crown on the King’s head.

Will Queen Consort Camilla also be crowned?

Queen Consort Camilla will also be crowned during the same ceremony as her husband. Camilla is set to wear the Queen Mother's platinum crown, but it is still unconfirmed whether this will be the one she officially wears, due to the crown being encrusted with the famous yet highly controversial Koh-i-Noor diamond.

The Koh-i-Noor diamond was acquired by the East India Company following the Anglo-Sikh Wars in 1850, and was presented to Queen Victoria. It has stayed in the hands of the royals ever since, but more recently, campaigners and public figures have been asking Britain to return the stone to India (however there are also similar requests being made by Afghanistan and Pakistan).

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