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King Charles’s Coronation will see thousands of people flock to the capital to witness an event not seen by this country since 1953.
Being hosted at Westminster Abbey, the King and Queen Consort Camilla will be crowned in front of around 2,000 invited guests, with cameras inside the venue allowing millions watching at home a prime view of proceedings.
Here Express.co.uk takes a look at all the key details of the King’s special day.
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When is the King’s Coronation?
The King’s Coronation takes place on Saturday, May 6, with the ceremony being marked with a bank holiday weekend.
Celebrations will continue on Sunday and Monday, as Sunday, May 7 will see the Coronation Concert and Monday, May 8 seeing voluntary action being highlighted up and down the country with the Big Help Out.
The bank holiday was announced on November 6, 2022 by the Government, with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak saying: “The Coronation of a new monarch is a unique moment for our country. In recognition of this historic occasion, I am pleased to announce an additional bank holiday for the whole United Kingdom next year.
“I look forward to seeing people come together to celebrate and pay tribute to King Charles III by taking part in local and national events across the country in his honour.”
Where will the Coronation take place?
King Charles’s Coronation will be held at Westminster Abbey, as his mother’s was before him.
For those wishing to get an insight into the big day, but may not be lucky enough to have been invited, Westminster Abbey will remain open with the stag set up on view for a week after the ceremony.
Members of the public will be able to view the set-up on a self-guided tour to see key elements of Charles’s big day, including the Coronation Chair in position on the Cosmati Pavement, where His Highness will be crowned.
You can book tickets in advance on the Westminster Abbey website.
Coronations have been held at Westminster Abbey for 900 years but before Westminster Abbey was built, Coronations were carried out wherever was convenient.
The first coronation at Westminster Abbey was for William the Conqueror on December 25, 1066, with the most recent coronation being for Queen Elizabeth II on June 2, 1953.
The Queen’s coronation in 1953 was the first to be televised and was watched by 27 million people in the UK alone.
King Charles will become the 40th reigning monarch to be crowned in May 2023, and will be crowned alongside his Queen Consort, Camilla.
What time is the Coronation?
The King and Queen Consort will arrive at the Abbey in procession from Buckingham Palace known as the King’s Procession.
Their Majesties will travel in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach, which was created for the late Queen Elizabeth in celebration of her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
They will depart Buckingham Palace through the Centre Gate, and proceed down The Mall, passing through Admiralty Arch and south of King Charles I Island, down Whitehall and along Parliament Street.
The King’s Procession will then travel around the east and south sides of Parliament Square to Broad Sanctuary to arrive at the Sanctuary of Westminster Abbey in time for the ceremony, which is scheduled to begin at 11am.
The Coronation service will then take place, and is expected to last until 12.30pm, around 90 minutes which is half the time of Queen Elizabeth’s which continued for three hours.
Once the service wraps up the Coronation Procession will take the same route from the Abbey back to Buckingham Palace, although it will be much larger in scale than the first one with the King and Queen travelling in the Gold State Coach, first commissioned in 1760.
Charles and Camilla will be joined on this procession by other members of the Royal Family, which will also include the Armed Forces from across the Commonwealth and the British Overseas Territories, and all Services of the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom, alongside The Sovereign’s Bodyguard and Royal Watermen.
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Later in the afternoon the royals will gather on the balcony at Buckingham Palace so that the newly crowned King and Queen can greet the people and watch the traditional flypast.
Only working members of the Firm will be permitted on the balcony, with the Prince and Princess of Wales alongside their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis likely to be there.
They will watch over 60 aircraft from the British Army, Royal Airforce and Royal Navy fly over the Mall and the palace.
The following day, Sunday, May 7, sees the Coronation Concert take place on the East Lawn at Windsor Castle, with acts including Take That, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie scheduled to perform.
The highlight of the night is expected to be ‘Lighting up the Nation’, a laser, drone and projection display being unveiled at iconic locations across the UK.
Sunday will also see British neighbourhoods and communities being invited to join the Coronation Big Lunch, with thousands sharing food and hosting street parties in their local areas.
The aim is to encourage friendship and relationship-building in communities through enjoying food and drink and spending time together celebrating the weekend.
The theme of community will be especially prevalent on Bank Holiday Monday May 8, as the Big Help Out emphasises the positive outcomes that volunteering brings to our country.
People are being encouraged to use their day off to give a little time to their community, in the hope of creating a volunteering legacy.
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