We would almost forget it but Carlos III is not yet crowned king. The son of the late Elizabeth II is still waiting for this unmissable event, which will finally take place on May 6, 2023 at Westminster Abbey in London, along with his wife, the queen consort Camila, Buckingham Palace announced on Tuesday. Eight months after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, who died on September 8 at the age of 96, the religious ceremony will be presided over as tradition dictates by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.
Charles III, 73, will be “anointed, blessed and consecrated” by the spiritual leader of the Anglican Church, of which the monarch is the supreme governor. “The coronation will reflect the monarch’s role today and look to the future, as he roots himself in the long tradition and pageantry of the monarchy,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement.
A period of real mourning
The ceremony, in a country that is currently experiencing a serious economic and social crisis, should maintain the coronation structure of the British monarchy for a millennium, but including contemporary elements.
The coronations of British monarchs have been held for 900 years in Westminster Abbey. Since the Norman Conquest in 1066, the ceremony has almost always been performed by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The event is traditionally held in the months following the accession to the throne. This period allows both to observe national mourning and royal mourning, as well as to organize the ceremony.
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, by 36 million inhabitants at that time. In the post-war years, it had lasted more than three hours, in front of 8,251 guests gathered at the Abbey. 129 nations and territories were officially represented.
A short and less expensive ceremony
In keeping with Charles’ desire for a strict monarchy, 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 approximately 2,000 people, which corresponds to the number of people, including heads of state and members of royal families, who attended Elizabeth II’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey on 19 September. Her son Carlos automatically became king after her death.
Queen consort Camilla will also be crowned during the ceremony, the preparations for which are known as theOperation Golden Orb.
Carlos is the oldest king to accede to the throne in the history of the British monarchy, after the seven-decade reign of Elizabeth II, who celebrated her platinum wedding anniversary last June.
very precise steps
During the ceremony, the Archbishop of Canterbury introduced the new sovereign for the first time to the audience, who acclaimed him. The sovereign takes the coronation oath. Because coronation oath law, written in 1688, pledges in particular to “do everything possible” 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 will eventually receive royal attributes from him, notably a sceptre, then the crown, placed on his head by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Ten days of national mourning followed the Queen’s death. More than 250,000 people queued for hours to pray at her coffin, first in Edinburgh, then in London, at Westminster Hall, the oldest chamber of the British Parliament.
After the death of Elizabeth II, Charles recorded a jump in popularity (70% favorable opinion), but remains behind his son William (84%) and his wife, Kate (80%).