Coronation of King Charles: when will the new king be officially crowned? RS News

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The longest-reigning heir in British history, King Charles became the new monarch of the United Kingdom when his mother, the Queen, died on September 8, 2022.

Charles was made heir at just three years old when the Queen ascended the throne in February 1952. After the Queen’s death, he became the oldest person to take the British throne at the age of 73.

Although he is already King and has already begun his royal duties, his official accession to the throne – his enthronement – will be an important symbolic moment in his reign and in the country in which he is now head of state.

When will the coronation take place?

On the Queen’s death, the crown passed immediately to her heir, Charles, the former Prince of Wales. This means that Charles officially became king when the late queen died.

It is customary to “wait until there is sufficient time for mourning” before crowning new rulers, the Daily Telegraph said. In Charles’ case, the coronation is likely to take place “in the spring or summer of next year,” the paper said, although no official date has been set.

The late Queen’s enthronement took place 16 months after she became king, which took place on 2 June 1953, following her accession on 6 February 1952.

Where will it be?

Since the days of William the Conqueror – some 900 years ago – all but two kings have been crowned in Westminster Abbey.

The Abbey’s website explains these two things: “Edward V was thought to have been murdered in the Tower of London before he was crowned and Edward VIII abdicated 11 months after succeeding his father so he was never crowned.”

What will happen during it?

The festival has been “years in the planning” under the code name “Operation Golden Orb”, according to the news site. Like all coronations, it will be a “deeply religious affair” but is expected to “involve more British faiths than coronations in the past” while remaining within the Church of England.

It could be a coronation, with King Charles keen to “avoid extravagance while ordinary people struggle with the cost of living”, The Independent said. The new king is said to be keen to “show his understanding of the problems facing ordinary people” by holding a “humble ceremony”.

The coronation itself will include many of the ceremonial details received by Queen Elizabeth II, including the swearing-in ceremony, which is required by law, and “the anointing with royal oil, the passing of the orb and the enthronement”.

And as at the late Queen’s coronation, the King will be crowned with the St Edward’s Crown, made of “solid gold” and set with more than 400 precious stones, including rubies, garnets and sapphires, the Telegraph said.

But it will be a much smaller affair than the Queen’s coronation in 1953. So, over 8,000 visitors from 129 countries went to Westminster Abbey to see the Queen crowned. This time only 2,000 visitors will see Charles officially crowned “to accept health and safety restrictions,” the paper said.

Commonwealth leaders may be told they don’t have to go to cut the number of flights to London for the event, and the King has said he hopes to be crowned “low carbon,” according to the paper. .

How much will it cost?

With a smaller, shorter and cheaper ceremony planned, King Charles’ coronation is likely to cost less than the late Queen’s coronation, which according to Sky News cost “£1.57m – the equivalent of £46m today”.

As the coronation is a government event, “the government pays for it, and chooses the guest list”, notes The Guardian. Royal weddings, on the other hand, are paid for heavily by the Royal Family.

How can I watch the coronation?

The Queen’s coronation was broadcast to an estimated 20 million people, the event was “the first time cameras have been placed inside Westminster Abbey”, TimeOut said.

Although details about King Charles’ coronation are scarce, it will “certainly be broadcast live around the world”, the magazine said.

Will there be a bank holiday?

According to the media, the coronation is “highly likely” to be declared a bank holiday, just as the Queen’s State funeral was, and as is customary for major royal events such as the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee last year.


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