King’s coronation will take place on 6 May
Written by Gavin on 11th October 2022
The coronation of King Charles III will take place next year on Saturday 6 May, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.
The religious ceremony will be held at London’s Westminster Abbey, and conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
The King will be crowned alongside his wife, Camilla, the Queen Consort.
It is thought the coronation will be more modest and shorter than previous ceremonies, with some suggesting it will last one hour.
The Palace said the ceremony would “reflect the monarch’s role today and looks towards the future” whilst staying “rooted in long-standing traditions and pageantry”.
It is still not been confirmed whether there will be a Bank Holiday to mark the day, although the fact it falls on a weekend might suggest this is unlikely.
The Queen’s coronation on 2 June 1953 took three hours with a congregation of 8,000 dignitaries. The event was broadcast live on television, attracting record-breaking audiences around the world.
Back then, thousands lined the streets for a glimpse of the Queen in the gold state coach, which has been used for coronations since George IV.
It is not known whether the coach will be used this time.
Although the King succeeded to the throne when the Queen died, the coronation ceremony marks the formal investiture of a monarch’s regal power.
Charles will be anointed with holy oil, blessed and consecrated by the archbishop.
He will be crowned with the St Edward’s Crown. During the ceremony, Camilla will also be anointed and crowned.
The service has been held in Westminster Abbey for 900 years.
It is understood the coronation next year will include parts of the traditional service, while incorporating elements that recognise “the spirit of our times”.
There is also no detail yet on who will attend the ceremony, including which members of the Royal Family will be invited.
Charles III will be 74 years old next May, making him the oldest person to be crowned in British history.