Buckingham Palace has announced that the coronation of King Charles III will take place on May 6, 2023. According to Buckingham Palace, Charles will be crowned in a solemn religious ceremony that will be led by Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury.
On May 6, King Charles III will be crowned at Westminster Abbey in a ceremony that will honour the past while also looking to the future, following the reign of the late Queen Elizabeth II, which spanned 70 years. The ceremony will embrace history while also looking to the modern world.
The statement came from Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, and it comes amid rumours that the coronation will be shorter and less elaborate than the three-hour ceremony that crowned Elizabeth in 1953. This would be in line with Charles’ goals for a more simplified monarchy. British media stated that the guest list will be reduced to 2,000 from 8,000, despite the fact that the palace offered few specifics about the event.
According to a statement released by the palace, Prince Charles will receive his crown during a solemn religious service that will be presided over by Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury. The queen consort, Camilla, will receive her crown at the same time as her husband, Charles.
“The coronation will represent the monarch’s function today and look towards the future while being anchored in longstanding traditions and pageantry,” the palace said. “The coronation will reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future.”
Before Charles is presented with the orb, the sceptre, and the coronation ring, he will first be anointed with holy oil. Camilla will follow in the footsteps of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, and be crowned after being anointed with holy oil.
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In order to show that the monarchy is still relevant in today’s diverse Britain, Prince Charles and his heir, Prince William, have asked the palace to begin preparations for the coronation, which are being referred to as Operation Golden Orb. There was broad regard for Elizabeth, as evidenced by the tens of thousands of people who waited hours to stream past her coffin. However, there is no assurance that the same reverence will be shown toward Charles.
According to royal historian Robert Lacey, author of “Majesty: Elizabeth II and the House of Windsor,” organisers ought to aim for a ceremony that is perhaps an hour long in order to match the length of the “very touching” burial for the queen that took place a month ago.
“One has to remember, too, that while all of the reverence and gravity of the Queen’s funeral was very much focused on a tribute to her, a coronation is a tribute to an institution rather than a person,” Lacey said in an interview with the BBC. “With whom quite a lot of thoughtful people in this country disagree.”
As Britain grapples with soaring inflation and the fallout from the war in Ukraine, some of the more fussy trappings of pomp and circumstance may be trimmed as part of an effort to save money. However, the majority of the coronation ceremony, which has changed little in the past thousand years, is expected to remain intact. The visual presentation is essential.
“The idea of this very opulent coronation coming on the back of a winter of austerity, cost-of-living crisis, but also, I think, a sense that having thousands of foreign dignitaries flying in on aeroplanes that guzzle oil and petrol or whatever they guzzle to the coronation of the environment-loving monarch — all of those things could chime very awkwardly,” a professor of history of the modern monarchy at City University London named Anna Whitelock told
It is customary for the ceremony to take place after the monarch has been on the throne for a number of months. This allows for sufficient time to mourn the monarch who came before and to organise the occasion. In the latter part of this year, Charles will likely convene a gathering of his most trusted advisors, known as the Privy Council, at which he will issue a proclamation publicly announcing the date of the event.