The coronation
of King Charles III

Will the new monarch choose this date, significant for both his family and the nation?


Now that the world has said a final farewell (1) to his much loved and admired mother, thoughts are  turning to King Charles's coronation and when it will take place (2).

Perhaps surprisingly, it will be some time until the big day. Elizabeth II took the throne when her father, King George VI, passed away (3) on 6 February 1952. But her coronation didn't take place until 2 June 1953, over a year later.

While her son's own ceremony might be some time away, tradition dictates that a proclamation will be made to confirm the date sooner rather than later.

And it could be that the King chooses an especially poignant day.

Charles could opt for 2 June – which would also mark the 70th anniversary of the Queen's coronation.

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There is no doubt as to the venue (4) for the ceremony. It will be held at Westminster Abbey, as it has been for the past 1,000 years. Every sovereign since William the Conqueror in 1066 has been crowned in this historic building.

During the ritual, Charles will take the coronation oath (5), be anointed with oils and given the orb and sceptre.

He will then receive St Edward's Crown, which was made in 1661 and once belonged to Edward the Confessor. It is remarkably heavy, made of solid gold, and currently resides in the Crown Jewels collection at the Tower of London. The Archbishop of Canterbury will be given the honour of placing the crown on the King's head.

1. Farewell = Goodbye (poetic).
2. To take place = To occur.
3. To pass away = To die.
4. Venue = Site of an event.
5. Oath = Solemn promise.

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