Coronation of King Charles III: Date, Place, Crown and Bank Holiday


The Coronation of King Charles III. takes place in May (Image: HANNAH MCKAY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

This year is a big one for those Royal family – since the coronation of King Charles III. takes place in May 2023.

It’s the first ceremony of its kind since 1953, when Charles’ mother Queen Elizabeth II was crowned – and the celebrations are set to last several days, Buckingham Palace has revealed.

Yes, there will be the ceremony, along with a performance on the balcony – plus a concert at Windsor Castle and a bank holiday to enjoy after the celebrations.

But when exactly does the coronation take place and what else can we expect from the historic occasion?

Here’s everything we know so far about King Charles’ coronation.

When is the coronation?

The coronation of King Charles III. takes place on Saturday 6 May 2023.

King Charles III

King Charles’ coronation will take place in May 2023 (Image: Jane Barlow-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The king ascended the throne on September 8, 2022, following the death of his mother – but tradition has it that a full ceremony is held much later as a mark of respect for the late monarch.

Next to Coronation Day Buckingham Palace has announced a special coronation concert at Windsor Castle to be broadcast on BBC Sunday 7th May.

Where will it take place?

It has been confirmed that the ceremony will take place at Westminster Abbey.

It is traditional for the coronation of monarchs to take place at the Abbey, as every king or queen since 1066 has been crowned there – including Queen Elizabeth II.

It has also been the site of many royal weddings, including the wedding of William, the Prince of Wales and Catherine, the Princess of Wales in 2011.

Westminster Abbey, London

The King is crowned at Westminster Abbey (Image: Getty)

The ceremony will be officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will also include two processions to and from the Abbey – together with a performance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace afterwards.

The coronation will “reflect the role of the monarch today and look to the future, while being rooted in long-standing traditions and pageantry,” the palace said.

The coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953 was an extravagant affair, where the new queen was crowned in front of 8,000 guests while more than 40,000 soldiers took part in the parade.

Will it be televised?

As a major royal event, the coronation is almost certain will be televised.

It’s likely to be broadcast on the BBC and ITV – as has been the case on such royal occasions as William’s wedding and the funerals of the Queen and Prince Philip.

Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

It will be the first coronation since Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 (Image: PA)
The Queen and Royal Family appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their coronation (Image: Getty)

Expect news channels such as Sky News to also give extensive coverage of the ceremony.

do we get a holiday

Downing Street has confirmed Britain is coming a holiday for the coronation.

The British holiday stands out Monday, May 8thtwo days after Charles’ coronation at Westminster Abbey.

Buckingham Palace has announced Monday will be billed as “The Big Help Out” – and people are encouraged to volunteer for good causes and help out in their local communities.

Who could be invited?

The guest list will be confirmed shortly, but you can expect it to be filled with the royal family and various dignitaries.

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Attendees are likely to include other royals from around the world, as well as representatives of other Commonwealth nations and their spouses, members of government, including the Prime Minister and all members of the Cabinet, and hereditary peers.

The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 played host to no fewer than 8,000 guests – packed so closely at Westminster Abbey that each attendee had just 18 inches of space.

There is currently much speculation as to whether Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex will be invited or will choose to attend.

So far, Prince Albert II of Monaco has confirmed that he and Princess Charlene will be there.

The monarch told People magazine that they will “definitely go”, adding: “I’m sure it will be an incredible ceremony and a very moving one…”

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Prince Albert II has said he and Princess Charlene would be at the coronation (Image: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

What will King Charles III wear?

As with previous coronations, you can expect to see the king in coronation robes during the ceremony.

At the ceremony, the monarch wears several different robes, and tradition dictates that most of these be made new for each monarch.

These include:

  • the state robe worn when entering Westminster Abbey
  • the veil tunic worn during part of the ceremony
  • the supertunica worn during the investiture
  • the robe royal which the monarch dons during the coronation
  • the imperial robe worn at the end of the ceremony.

All of these are traditionally new, according to Historic UK – except for the supertunic and robe royal, which have been worn since the coronation of George IV in 1821.

A source has claimed the king will not wear traditional silk stockings and trousers at the ceremony, however.

St Edward's Crown at Crown Jewels

Charles is crowned with the famous St Edward’s Crown (Image: Getty Images)

With which crown is King Charles III. crowned?

The King is crowned with St. Edward’s Crown, the centerpiece of the Crown Jewels.

The version used today was made for King Charles II in 1661, after the previous medieval crown had been melted down in 1649 following the dissolution of the monarchy.

It’s also likely that the crowns previously associated with the Queen must be resized before Charles’s coronation.

Charles’ head is larger, so it’s only logical that the crowns would need to be resized and, in some cases, redesigned.

The hoops on the crown may need to be significantly enlarged and additional stones added – the opposite of what was done to make them smaller for the late Queen to achieve a more feminine look.

King Charles and Camilla Queen Consort

Camilla will also be crowned as The Queen Consort at the coronation (Image: Getty Images)

Will Queen Consort Camilla be crowned at the coronation?

Yes, Queen Consort Camilla will also be crowned during the same ceremony as her husband.

Many expect Camilla is crowned with the crown of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.

The crown belonged to the Queen Mother, who received it at the coronation of her husband, King George VI, in 1937.

However, this crown contains a controversial diamond, the Koh-i-Noor. It has been speculated that it will be replaced with another gem or crystal for the coronation.

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