On 6th May 2023, King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla will be crowned at Westminster Abbey. The ceremony is expected to combine religious service and pageantry in a day of splendour and formality.
The procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey will start at 10:20am (British Time) and will feature customs dating back more than 1,000 years.
The ceremony will start at 11:00 and will be punctuated with music selected by the King. Prince George and Camilla’s grandchildren will be among the pages at Westminster Abbey, and for the first time, members of the public will be invited to pledge their allegiance to the King. During the recognition stage, the Lady of the Garter, the Lady of the Thistle, and a George Cross holder from the armed forces will make the subsequent declarations.
In a break from tradition, female clergy will play a prominent role, and religious leaders from other faiths will have an active part.
Following the recognition stage, the King will make his way to the altar for the Anointing and Investiture. The Archbishop of Canterbury will anoint him with holy oil on his hands, chest, and head, and present him with the Colobium Sindonis, a white linen tunic representing purity, and the Supertunica, a gold silk robe symbolizing the splendour of kingship.
The King will receive the ring, sceptres, and orb, which represent his commitment to uphold the Church, aid in protecting his people and maintain justice. He will then be enthroned upon St Edward’s Chair, a powerful symbol of the continuity of monarchy and England’s history.
The archbishop will crown the King by placing St Edward’s Crown on the his head. At this point the abbey’s bells will ring for two minutes and trumpets will sound and gun salutes will be fired across the country.
The final stage of the coronation will be the Homage, where members of the Royal Family, peers, and bishops will pay their respects and pledge their loyalty to the new monarch.
Queen Camilla’s crowning will be a simpler affair with no oath to be pledged. She will be crowned with Queen Mary’s Crown weighing in at over half a kilo and encrusted with more than 2000 diamonds.
After a singing of the National Anthem and a procession back to Buckingham Palace, the King and Queen Consort will appear on the balcony and wave to the crowds.
While the coronation will follow many centuries-old traditions, there are also a few notable deviations. For instance, the King and Queen Consort will travel in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach instead of the traditional Gold State Coach. Also, the ceremony will include female clergy and representatives of other faiths, marking a more diverse and inclusive approach.