On Saturday 6th May, comes a once in a lifetime experience with the much-anticipated Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla. The Coronation will be held at Westminster Abbey. Here in London and the whole of the United Kingdom including the Commonwealth will be rolling out the red carpet with celebrations and to mark the occasion. The brits will also get an extra bank holiday to help celebrate!
Charles acceded to the throne on 8th September 2022 upon the death of his mother, Elizabeth II. The Coronation will take place over three days, with the first day (Saturday May 6 2023) marked by two grand processions and a religious service. That’ll be followed by an all-star concert at Windsor Castle on Sunday May 7 which will feature an assortment of global stars and the Coronation Choir.
What would normally take place during the royal coronation ceremony is the monarch with take an oath and before he is anointed, blessed and consecrated by the Archbishop. He will then receive the orb and sceptres before the Archbishop places St Edward’s Crown on the King’s head. The King leaves the Coronation Chair and moves to the throne. Peers kneel before the monarch to pay homage and then The Queen Consort will then be anointed in the same way and crowned.
Over time, the coronation ceremony evolved and became more elaborate. In the 19th and 20th centuries, coronations became even more grandiose, with parades, processions, and other spectacles designed to entertain and impress the public. The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 was one of the most famous examples of this type of ceremony.
In modern times, coronations are less common, with most monarchies using simple swearing-in ceremonies or other forms of investiture. However, some countries still have elaborate coronation ceremonies, including Thailand, where the coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn took place in 2019 after a period of mourning for his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
In conclusion, a king’s coronation is a significant event in the life of a monarch, representing the formal investiture of power and authority. While coronations have become less common in modern times, they remain an important part of the history and tradition of many monarchies around the world.
King Charles III Facts:
1. King Charles III was born at 9.14pm on 14 November 1948.
2. The King is a qualified pilot and diver.
3. He’s a keen watercolour painter.
4. King Charles became the Prince of Wales at age 9.
5. He has a bachelor’s degree in archaeology, anthropology and history at Trinity College.
6. King Charles plays three instruments – cello, piano and trumpet.
7. King Charles authored a children’s book.
8. His Majesty speaks Welsh.
9. King Charles (almost) dated Richard Nixon’s daughter.
10. He’s the reigning monarch in 14 countries.
A Cruise fit for a King:
The King’s Coronation promises to be the event of the summer as the United Kingdom comes together to mark this momentous occasion. City Cruises is pleased to announce it is joining the party by giving its sightseeing and some of its dining cruises a special Coronation twist.
From Monday 17th of April to Monday 8th of May expect decorated boats, activities for children and more. Join us to mark this significant moment in UK history.
Royal Attractions in London:
Buckingham Palace The former Queen Elizabeth II official London residence and the headquarters of the monarch of the United Kingdom. Located in the City of Westminster and is often at the centre of state occasions and royal hospitality and the hotspot for the King’s Coronation.
Changing the Guard is a formal ceremony in which the group of soldiers that are standing guard protecting Buckingham Palace are replaced by a new group of soldiers. The guard that looks after Buckingham Palace is called The Queen’s Guard and is made up of soldiers on active duty from the Household Division’s Foot Guards. The guards are dressed in traditional red tunics and bearskin hats. The ceremony is free of charge and is a must for royal history lovers.
The Tower of London is a must for royal things to do in London! The historic castle is based on the north bank of the river Thames, why not take a tour with one of the Yeoman Warders around the Tower of London and discover 900 years of history as a royal house to one the most famous British royal families The Tudors! Also known as a prison and place of execution, arsenal, jewel house and zoo! Watch out for the ravens of the tower and marvel at the Crown Jewels! After a great trip at the Tower, why not relax with an afternoon tea cruise along the Thames!
Westminster Abbey, mainly a large gothic abbey church in the City of Westminster. Join the one million people who come to visit it each year and admire the architecture and discover 700 years of turbulent history. Witnessing the coronation of the Church of England and weddings of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Why not visit the abbey on a hop on hop off cruise with City Cruises!
When is King Charles’ coronation scheduled to take place?
The date of King Charles III coronation is on the 6th-8th May.
Where will King Charles’ coronation take place?
The coronation is expected to take place at Westminster Abbey, the traditional location for coronations of British monarchs.
Will King Charles’ coronation be different from previous coronations?
Each coronation is unique and tailored to the specific monarch’s preferences and beliefs, so it’s likely that there will be some differences between King Charles’ coronation and previous ones. However, the basic structure and traditions of the coronation ceremony will likely remain the same.
Who will be involved in King Charles’ coronation?
The coronation will involve a variety of religious and political figures, as well as members of the royal family. The Archbishop of Canterbury, who is the senior bishop of the Church of England, is typically responsible for anointing the monarch and leading the religious aspects of the ceremony.
Will King Charles be crowned with the same crown as previous monarchs?
King Charles will be crowned with the St. Edward’s Crown, which has been used in coronation ceremonies since 1661. The crown is named after Edward the Confessor, a saintly king of England who was known for his piety and religious devotion.
How will King Charles’ coronation impact the future of the British monarchy?
The coronation of a new monarch is always a significant event in the history of the British monarchy, and King Charles’ coronation will likely be no exception. It may serve as an opportunity for the monarchy to reaffirm its place in modern British society, or it may prompt debate and discussion about the role of the monarchy in a changing world. Ultimately, only time will tell how King Charles’ coronation will impact the future of the British monarchy.