King Charles will be crowned on Saturday May 6, 2023, but celebrations will take place throughout the weekend – including processions, a concert and nationwide luncheons.
You don’t know what is happening, where and who is bowing to whom? Read on for Sky News’ ultimate guide to Coronation Weekend.
When and at what time is the king’s coronation?
The coronation of King Charles III – and his wife, soon known as Queen Camilla – will take place on Saturday, May 6, 2023.
The ceremony at Westminster Abbey will begin at 11 a.m. after the arrival of the royal family in the procession from Buckingham Palace.
After the ceremony, other members of the royal family will join the procession back to the palace.
The King and Queen Consort will be joined by other family members on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to wrap up the day’s ceremonies.
The route of the procession
Unlike the Queen at her coronation, the king and queen consort will travel the same 1.3-mile route to and from the ceremony.
They will walk down The Mall via Admiralty Arch, take the south side of Trafalgar Square, then along Whitehall and Parliament Street, take the east and south sides of Parliament Square to Broad Sanctuary, before arriving at the Abbey.
The Queen took a much longer route after her coronation, traveling eight kilometers through Whitehall, Trafalgar Square, Pall Mall, Hyde Park Corner, Marble Arch, Oxford Circus and finally the Mall to end at Buckingham Palace.
The new King and Queen will travel in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach on the way to the ceremony and will use the 260-year-old Gold State Coach for the return trip.
Best places to watch the procession in person
Observation points along the procession route will be in high demand, especially as the Royal Family will be making a shorter journey than in 1953.
Outside Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace, as well as along The Mall, Horse Guards Parade and Parliament Square are all prime locations, with royal fans urged to rise early to have the best chance of having good eyesight.
The nearest tube stations are Hyde Park Corner, Green Park, Charing Cross and St James’s Park, but street and station closures could impact travel.
How to watch the Coronation on TV
In a milestone for TV broadcasting, you can watch the crowned King and Queen in Ultra HD clarity, free on Sky News on Sky 501, Freeview 233, Virgin 603, BT 313 and Saorview 23 – and on Sky Showcase (7am-3pm).
Commercial breaks will be removed between 9am and 3pm on Sky News to ensure uninterrupted coverage of the main event on May 6.
You can also watch several live streams on the Sky News website, app and on our Youtube channel.
Joanna Lumley will join the Sky News presenters for the coverage.
The Absolutely Fabulous actress, who commentated on Sky News for the Queen’s Jubilee last year, will attend the service at Westminster Abbey in May as a guest of Charles and Camilla.
Dame Joanna, 76, will then join the broadcaster’s coronation lineup, which includes royal events commentator Alastair Bruce and presenters Kay Burley and Anna Botting.
Every aspect of the big day will be televised, from royal fans gathering in the streets to the ceremony and processions.
The coronation will also be shown publicly on over 30 big screen sites across the UK.
Parks, plazas and libraries will all be transformed into coronation viewing locations. You can check your local site at Sky News list.
When is the public holiday?
The Monday after the coronation – May 8, 2023 – will be a public holiday for the whole of the UK.
The day has been set aside for volunteering and is billed as “The Big Help Out”, with people being encouraged to get involved in projects in their local communities.
What else will happen during Coronation Weekend?
Sunday May 7
- Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle
- Lighting up the Nation – locations across the UK will be illuminated using projections, lasers, drones and illuminations.
- Coronation Big Lunches – people will be invited to come together with their neighborhood or community for a shared lunch, cup of tea or street party.
Monday May 8
- The Big Help Out – will encourage people to try volunteering in their area.
Tell me more about the concert
The coronation concert will see music stars descend on Windsor Castle, with Take That, Bette Midler and Lionel Richie reportedly on the programme.
It will also feature “the Coronation Choir”, a diverse group of community choirs and amateur singers from across the UK, including refugee choirs, NHS choirs, LGBTQ+ singing groups and choirs deaf.
The audience will be 10,000 people drawn from a ballot, plus volunteers from charities affiliated with the King and Queen.
Who will be at the coronation – and will Harry and Meghan be there?
Prince Harry has confirmed that he will be at the coronationwhile Meghan will remain in California with their children.
Full RSVP details are yet to be confirmed, but Westminster Abbey’s 2,200 seats are expected to be filled by members of the Royal Family, the Prime Minister, representatives of the Houses of Parliament, heads of state and other royals around the world. .
Over 850 community and charity representatives were invited, including the “boy in the tent”who raised over £750,000 for North Devon Hospice camping in his garden for three years.
Where is it and who is it hosting?
Like every coronation in the past 900 years, King Charles’ ceremony will take place at Westminster Abbey, where the Queen’s funeral took place in September and where William and Kate married in 2011.
The service will be headed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, a position currently held by Justin Welby. The Archbishop of Canterbury has presided over nearly every coronation since the Norman Conquest in 1066.
How can I organize a coronation party?
There’s no better excuse to shut down the streets and don the bunting than a big royal party, and the coronation is no exception.
While small and for residents only, street parties do not need a licence, but you may need to apply to your local council.
There is more information on the government website.
Coronation celebrations can be found and added to the official interactive map.
What happens during a coronation?
There are six fundamental phases to the coronation: the recognition, the oath, the anointing, the investiture (which includes the coronation), the enthronement and the homage.
During the ceremony, King Charles will swear to uphold the law and the Church of England, to be anointed with holy oil, to receive the royal orb and sceptres, and to be crowned with the crown in solid Saint-Edouard gold.
How will it be different from the Queen’s coronation in 1953?
While the 1953 coronation lasted three hours and was attended by 8,000 guests, King Charles’ ceremony is expected to be shorter and less extensive.
The Queen’s Coronation was the first to be televised and has been credited with bringing television into the mainstream.
More than 20 million people watched the service on TV, with many crowding around neighbors’ screens, outnumbering radio audiences for the first time.
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