King Charles III will be crowned on May 6, 2023 Westminster Abbey London

it will be a ceremony “Looking to the future”, promises Buckingham Palace. King Carlos III will be crowned on May 6, 2023 at Westminster Abbey in London, along with his wife, the queen consort Camilla, announced the Palace on Tuesday night. That’s eight months later. the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II
. This period allows both to observe national mourning and royal mourning, as well as to organize the ceremony.

“The coronation will reflect the role of the monarch today and look to the future, while also rooting itself in the long tradition and pageantry of the monarchy.” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. The ceremony, therefore, must maintain the thousand-year-old structure of the coronations of the British monarchy, while including contemporary elements.

Shorter, cheaper and more representative

She became queen on February 6, 1952 on the death of her father George VI, Elizabeth II was crowned 16 months later, on June 2, 1953. For the first time, the ceremony was broadcast on television and viewed by 27 million British. of 36 million inhabitants at that time. It had lasted more than three hours. 129 nations and territories were officially represented.

In accordance with Charles’ desire for a strict monarchy, the the ceremony should be shorter, smaller and less expensive, but also more representative of the diversity of modern Britain. The capacity of the Abbey is around 2,000 people, which corresponds to the number of people who attended Elizabeth II’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey on September 19.

The coronation of Elizabeth II, June 2, 1953.
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How will the ceremony take place?

The religious ceremony will be carried out as dictated by the tradition of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. Charles III will be “anointed, blessed and consecrated” by the spiritual head of the Church of England, of which the monarch is supreme governor.

At the ceremony, the Archbishop of Canterbury will first introduce the new sovereign to the audience, who will acclaim him. The sovereign take the coronation oath. By this “Coronation Oath Law”, drafted in 1688, he commits himself in particular to “Do your best” to preserve the Anglican Church and the Protestant religion.

Installed in King Edward’s Chair, a wooden throne made in 1300 and used at every coronation since 1626, the King will receive the Archbishop’s anointing and blessing. Charles III you will finally receive your real attributesincluding a sceptre, then the crown, placed on his head by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

the queen consort camilla – a title destined by Elizabeth II to her son’s second wife – will also be crowned during the ceremony, the preparations for which are known as “Operation Golden Orb”.

Charles is the oldest king to ascend the throne in history of the British monarchy, after the seven decades of the reign of Elizabeth II. After Elizabeth II’s death, Charles recorded a jump in popularity (70% favorable opinion), but remains behind his son William (84%) and his wife Kate (80%). .

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