Everything We Know So Far About King Charles III’s Coronation
Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, 2022, Charles became king. Since then, King Charles III has given his first address to the nation, presided over a historic Accession Council, had calls with world leaders, and begun settling into his new role as sovereign, head of the Commonwealth, and supreme governor of the Church of England. However, it may be a while yet before we witness his official coronation.
Below, everything we know so far ahead of the historic day.
When will King Charles III’s coronation take place?
Tradition dictates that the country will remain in mourning for an appropriate period of time following the passing of the former monarch. Queen Elizabeth II herself acceded to the throne on February 6, 1952, the day her father died, but wasn’t crowned until June 2, 1953. We won’t have to wait 16 months, though—the event will take place on May 6, 2023.
Where will King Charles III’s coronation take place?
Westminster Abbey has been the setting for British coronations for the past 900 years, and it’s unlikely that Charles III’s will deviate from the established model, at least in this sense.
What will King Charles III’s coronation look like?
In other senses, however, Charles III’s coronation could look markedly different from his mother’s. According to The Telegraph, plans have been drawn up under the code name Operation Golden Orb and will reflect the new sovereign’s vision for “a smaller, more modern monarchy.” Sources have told the publication that the ceremony will be shorter than the three hours allotted for the queen’s coronation. It will also be less expensive (because the government pays, the king has reportedly expressed the wish that the service be considered “good value”), and it will include more representatives from different faiths and community groups in order to more accurately reflect the nation’s diversity.
Other aspects of the ceremony will align more closely with the queen’s coronation: Charles will take the coronation oath, be anointed with consecrated oil, and receive the orb and scepters, and the Archbishop of Canterbury will place the glittering St. Edward’s Crown on his head. Afterward, he is expected to appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace alongside Queen Camilla, and the Prince and Princess of Wales and their children.
Will Queen Camilla be crowned alongside King Charles III?
Yes; following Queen Elizabeth II’s declaration that it was her “sincere wish” that the former Duchess of Cornwall take the title of queen consort when Charles acceded to the throne, she will be crowned alongside the monarch. She’ll become the first consort to be crowned since the Queen Mother in 1937, and the latter’s platinum crown, decorated with 2,800 diamonds, including the 105-carat Koh-i-Noor, will be placed on her head. (As a man, Prince Philip was not entitled to a similar honor.)
Who will be present at King Charles III’s coronation?
More than 8,000 guests attended Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, but King Charles III’s is expected to be significantly smaller, with around 2,000 dignitaries present. Among them will be members of the royal family, representatives from the Houses of Parliament and the church, and prominent politicians from the Commonwealth and around the world. ET reports that there will be performers at the attendant celebration including pop group Take That, Kylie and Dannii Minogue, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Lionel Richie.
Other guests at the concert, per Variety, include Americans Tom Cruise and Nicole Scherzinger, and Winnie the Pooh (who is actually British!).
Katy Perry is also set to perform, and will be staying at Windsor Castle while in England. “I’m an ambassador to one of his foundations for the British Asian trust, which primarily focuses on ending child trafficking, which is a huge issue of our time that people don’t talk enough about, and it just aligned with all my values…. He asked me to sing and it all aligned,” Perry told Extra, adding that the formal invitation was “very regal. It was like a cursive I have never seen [before]…. I loved it.” We should expect many ’grams from her fancy digs too. “I’m really excited…. I might be posting a lot because I’m gonna be in a castle, for real. This is wild.”
Who will not be there?
A slew of musicians have reportedly been asked to perform at the ceremony…and declined. The Spice Girls, Adele, Ed Sheeran, Harry Styles, Robbie Williams, and Elton John are among those rumored to have turned down an invite, though none of their reps have commented. This may be due to their schedules, or the fact that the royal family isn’t universally popular these days, thanks to Prince Harry's memoir, Prince Andrew's scandal, and the whole…inequality of it all.
Speaking of Prince Harry…will he be there?
Yes! Though the status of his invite and attendance wasn't clear from the outset, Prince Harry confirmed in mid-April that he will be present at the ceremony.
However, during the week leading up to the May 6 event, it was reported that he will return to California immediately following the coronation (like, within hours) so that he can spend time with his son, Prince Archie, whose fourth birthday falls on coronation day.
And what about Meghan Markle?
On April 12, Buckingham Palace released a statement noting that Prince Harry's wife, Meghan Markle, will skip the ceremony and stay home with the couple's children, Prince Archie, three, and Princess Lilibet, one.
Will King Charles III’s coronation be broadcast live?
Yes, considering that King Charles III’s Accession Council was televised for the first time in history, it’s almost certain that his coronation will be broadcast live. Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, the first ceremony of its kind to be shown on TV, drew an estimated 27 million viewers in the UK—a number that could easily be surpassed come 2023.
Is President Biden attending?
No. The resident of the United States will not attend King Charles III’s coronation, but first lady Jill Biden will be there to represent the country. The White House announced the news in a statement on Tuesday, April 4:
“President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., spoke today with King Charles III, underscoring the strength of the relationship between our countries and the friendship between our peoples. The President congratulated the King on his upcoming Coronation and informed him that First Lady Jill Biden looks forward to attending on behalf of the United States. The President also conveyed his desire to meet with the King in the United Kingdom at a future date.”
President Biden’s decision to skip the coronation isn’t out of the ordinary. President Dwight Eisenhower did not attend Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953.
Is Prince George doing anything?
This is an excellent question, considering the nine-year-old prince is second in line to the throne behind his father, Prince William. Per People, Prince George will be a page at the ceremony. Both Charles and Camilla will be attended by four pages each, and George will attend to his grandfather the king along with three other boys. “His parents are very excited and delighted that he is a page,” a spokesperson for the Prince and Princess of Wales told People. “It’s something that his parents have thought long and hard about and are very much looking forward to, and I’m sure George is too.”
Will Prince Louis wreak havoc?
Despite rumors that Prince Louis, five, would not attend due to his history of expressing how boring these things are, and given his absence from Queen Elizabeth II's funeral last year, he is attending the coronation, per Page Six. The five-year-old was seen at rehearsals with his parents, the Prince and Princess of Wales, and his siblings, George, nine, and Charlotte, eight. Louis did not stick his tongue out in the car on the way to rehearsal, so it looks like he'll be on his best behavior. That said, we secretly hope he'll make another adorable scene, like he did at the Platinum Jubilee.
Do they send out invitations for these things?
Yep! The royal family revealed the official invitation to King Charles III’s coronation on social media on Wednesday, April 5. It was designed by Andrew Jamieson.
Is anything else happening?
A rehearsal took place early Wednesday, May 3, followed by a precoronation garden party at Buckingham Palace, hosted by King Charles and Queen Camilla.
Will and Kate will make their first official coronation appearance at an Irish pub in London on Thursday, May 4. People reports that they will visit Dog & Duck Pub in London’s Soho to learn about how the business is preparing for the weekend—and they may even pour a pint or two. The Prince and Princess of Wales will also meet with small businesses in the area to learn about what they're doing to celebrate the new king.
This post was originally published in British Vogue, with additional reporting by Glamour (US).
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