King Charles III ascended the throne on the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September, becoming the longest-serving new monarch in British history.
As Britain came to the end of its period of national mourning for the late Queen on Tuesday September 20 after her state funeral, the coronation of the new king will not take place until next summer.
But when exactly will the coronation take place and what will it mean for both the monarchy and the rest of the country?
What is the date of the coronation of King Charles III?
The coronation of King Charles III is due to take place on Saturday May 6, 2023 at Westminster Abbey.
The King is expected to sign a proclamation officially declaring the date of the coronation at a meeting of the Privy Council later this year.
The late Queen’s coronation took place on June 2, 1953, following her accession to the throne on February 6, 1952, more than a year after her accession to the throne.
When is the coronation holiday?
The government has proclaimed an additional public holiday to mark the king’s coronation next year.
Downing Street said the holiday would fall on Monday May 8 after the coronation at Westminster Abbey two days earlier on Saturday May 6. It will take place across the UK.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said that – as was the case with Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953 – it will be a time for families and communities across the country to come together in celebration.
Mr Sunak said: “The coronation of a new monarch is a unique moment for our country.
“In recognition of this historic occasion, I am pleased to announce an additional bank holiday for the whole of the UK next year.
“I look forward to seeing people come together to celebrate and honor King Charles III by taking part in local and national events across the country in his honour.”
What will happen at the Coronation?
The King will be crowned alongside the Queen Consort at Westminster Abbey in London.
The coronation is expected to be a smaller and more modern affair compared to the ceremony of the late Queen.
In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “The coronation will reflect the role of the monarch today and look to the future, while being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry.”
He added: “The coronation is a solemn religious service, as well as an occasion for celebration and pageantry.
“The ceremony has maintained a similar structure for over a thousand years, and next year’s coronation should include the same basic elements while recognizing the spirit of our times.
“For the past 900 years the ceremony has taken place in Westminster Abbey, London. Since 1066 the service has almost always been conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.”
Sources said it would be expected to be representative of different faiths and community groups – in line with the King’s wish to reflect the ethnic diversity of modern Britain. He will still pledge to be ‘Defender of the Faith’ in the coronation oath, but palace aides and church officials plan to add other words that will allow the king to acknowledge he serves all religious denominations.
The coronation will also include many of the ceremonies that were seen in the service of the late Queen, such as the anointing with consecrated oil, the presentation of the orb and the enthronement itself.
More than 8,000 guests from 129 nations traveled to Westminster Abbey for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, but the king’s coronation will be limited to 2,000 to accommodate health and safety restrictions.
The king will be asked if he will rule the UK and other Commonwealth nations with law and justice and if he will uphold Christianity in the nation.
He will be seated in the coronation chair, known as Edward’s chair, holding the ruler’s scepter and rod, to represent his control over the nation, and the ruler’s orb, to represent the Christian world.
After being anointed, blessed and consecrated by the Archbishop, Charles will have St Edward’s Crown placed on his head, officially crowning him as King Charles III.
Will The Coronation be televised?
It is likely that the King’s coronation will be televised, especially as the Membership Council on Saturday 10 September was televised for the first time.
The late Queen’s coronation was the first to be televised and came at her own request. An estimated 27 million people in the UK watched the ceremony on TV, including 11 million on the radio.
What crown does the king wear?
Just like Queen Elizabeth II, the king will be crowned with St Edward’s Crown, which is solid gold and features more than 400 precious stones, including rubies, garnets and sapphires.
What is Operation Golden Orb?
Operation Golden Orb is the code name under which plans for the coronation of King Charles had been drawn up and discussions had taken place for many years.
What will happen after the coronation?
After the coronation ceremony, the King will most likely stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace alongside other key members of the Royal Family.
The coronation will see Prince William take on new titles, including being officially named Prince of Wales.
During King Charles’ reign, we could focus less on the extended royal family, with only the king’s sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren performing public duties.
Who will pay for the coronation?
The government is paying for the coronation and the king is said to have expressed a wish that his service be seen as “of good value” given that it comes during a cost of living crisis.
Will Camilla become queen?
The Duchess of Cornwall will be crowned Queen alongside her husband Charles at her coronation. She will take the title of Queen Consort, according to Her Majesty’s wishes on the eve of her Platinum Jubilee in February 2022.
The King paid tribute to the “unwavering devotion to duty” of his “beloved wife” Camilla in his first address to the nation.
The Queen Consort will have the platinum and diamond crown made for the Queen Mother’s coronation in 1937 placed on her head.
When did Charles become king?
When Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday, September 8, Charles officially became king.
However, it is traditional to wait a sufficient amount of time before crowning the new ruler.
A great preparation is also necessary to organize the ceremony.
This article is updated with the latest information.