Following the death of the late Queen, Elizabeth II, her eldest son ascended to the throne. King Charles III has already been proclaimed King, but it will be months before we see his official coronation. When we do see his coronation, it is likely going to be a more slimmed-down affair that the coronation of his mother.
It is tradition to allow a sufficient period of time for mourning before crowing the new sovereign. It is also a huge task to prepare for the ceremony, which adds to the long wait from announcing the new monarch until their coronation.
The official coronation date hasn’t been announced yet, but the Telegraph reported that it is likely to be in spring or summer 2023. It is not unusual to see a coronation come about a year after becoming monarch, as the late Queen’s coronation took place on June 2 1953 following her accession on February 6 1952.
With the public mourning period completed, royal biographer Hugo Vickers who has written biographies of 20th century figures, including the Queen Mother, said he suspected we would be given an announcement as to the date of King Charles’ coronation “quite soon”.
Speaking on ITV’s Good Morning Britain on Tuesday, he said: “It should also, if traditions follow, be a proclamation, because this is the way things were done in the past. I have a feeling it’s more likely to be in the summer, because people will camp out on the streets and you need it to be warm, so it could be sometime after Easter. But wouldn’t it be lovely if it was on June 2, which would be the 70th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation. Wouldn’t that be an appropriate date?”
Sources have said that the ceremony will be shorter, smaller and less expensive than that of Queen Elizabeth II. The ceremony will likely designed in line with Charles’ vision for a smaller, more modern monarchy.
It has also been reported that the coronation will be planned to be representative of different faiths and community groups due to the King’s wish to reflect the ethnic diversity of modern Britain. After the coronation ceremony, the King will likely stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, along with other working members of the Royal Family.
According to The Mirror, a source said: “The King is very aware of the struggles felt by modern Britons so the ceremony itself will be streamlined. The King has said himself he wants to tap into his mother’s legacy and this includes continuing to recognise what the people are experienced.”
Although the date for Charles’ coronation has not been set it is expected that the day will be another Bank Holiday. This will mean UK-based employees will be given the day off to enjoy the historic moment and celebrate the coronation of the King.
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