The Coronation of King Charles III
On the 6th May 2023 the country will be watching the Coronation of Their Majesties The King and The Queen Consort. The event is set to be a momentous occasion, steeped in tradition and pomp, and is expected to be watched by millions of people across the nation and around the world.
For many people, witnessing a coronation is important because it represents a moment of national and historical significance. It’s a symbol of the continuity of the monarchy and the stability of the country, and it’s a chance to witness a unique and impressive display of pageantry and ceremony.
Around Britain, there will be celebratory and community events. Some will choose to watch it from the comfort of their homes, gathered around the telly with family and friends.
Others may opt to celebrate the Coronation with a festive party, complete with decorations in patriotic colors, delectable treats, and perhaps even some games or activities that pay homage to the royal event. It will be a time of joy and camaraderie, as people come together to share in the excitement and significance of this historic day.
There will also be those who choose to venture out to witness the procession in person. Crowds of enthusiastic well-wishers will line the streets, hoping to catch a glimpse of the royal carriage as it makes its way through the city.
Full Events Schedule
3 days of Coronation events.
– Sunday, 7th May 2023, a special Coronation Concert will be staged and broadcast live at Windsor Castle
– The Coronation Big Lunch, at which neighbours and communities are invited to share food and fun together, will take place across the country on the same date.
– Monday, 8th May 2023 is The Big Help Out, which will encourage people to try volunteering for themselves and join the work being undertaken to support their local areas.
The King’s Procession
Their Majesties The King and The Queen Consort will arrive at Westminster Abbey in procession from Buckingham Palace. This is known as ‘The King’s Procession’.
The King’s Procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey will take place before the Coronation service, which starts at 11am.
Where to watch the procession
The service and processions will be broadcast on national television.
If you are not at home watching it in the telly, there will be big screens showing the days events all across the county. In London the main parks, including, Hyde Park, The Green Park and St James’s Park will have screens. Click here for a full list of locations.
To wtch the procession, there will be viewing areas which will be open from 6am on Saturday 6 May.
Travel Advice from TFL
The Coronation of Their Majesties The King and The Queen Consort will be a moment that captivates the nation, with people of all ages and backgrounds coming together to honor and celebrate the ascension of the new monarchs.
There will be street parties up and down the country. Bunting, tressle tables and a festive spirit. They are a great way for people to come together and celebrate the day, fostering a sense of community spirit and togetherness. Will you be making a Coronation Quiche?
How Many Coronations have taken place at Westminster Abbey?
With the exception of Edward V and Edward VIII, every monarch who’s been crowned since William the Conqueror has had a coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey. Since 1066, there have been a total of 39 coronations at Westminster Abbey.
Not all monarchs have been crowned: Not all British monarchs have been crowned. Edward V, who was never crowned, was famously imprisoned in the Tower of London and is believed to have been murdered. Edward VIII abdicated before his coronation, and therefore never became King.
How Many People Watched the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II?
Around 27 million people in the United Kingdom tuned in to watch the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on June 2, 1953. This was a massive number of viewers and remains one of the most-watched television events in British history. The Queen’s Coronation was a momentous occasion and was celebrated by millions of people across the country.
How Old Is The Coronation Chair?
The Coronation Chair is over 700 years old. The Coronation Chair, used in every coronation since 1308, is one of the oldest pieces of furniture in the country. It was commissioned by King Edward I and has been used to crown every monarch since.
What Is Coronation Oil?
A Coronation oil will be used to anoint both the King and the Queen Consort during the ceremony. The anointing oil is a mixture of oils and spices based on an ancient formula. You can read more on the ingredients used on the day.
So, let the festivities begin
However you decide to celebrate the coronation, whether it be by attending a street party, watching the ceremony on TV, or simply enjoying the festive atmosphere with family and friends, it’s sure to be a momentous occasion. The coronation of a monarch is a rare event, and for many people, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness history in the making.
As you join in the celebrations, take a moment to reflect on the significance of the occasion and the important role that the monarchy plays in British society. Whether you are a staunch royalist or simply enjoy the spectacle and tradition of a coronation, this is a moment to come together and celebrate all that is great about Britain.