On Saturday, May 6, King Charles III will be crowned at Westminster Abbey in a ceremony full of pomp, pageantry, and solemn religious significance. This comes after he became monarch of the United Kingdom and 14 other realms on the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth, in September. For the best part of a thousand years, the kings and queens of England and Britain have been crowned at London’s Westminster Abbey in a ceremony that has changed little throughout the centuries.
There have been 38 monarchs crowned at the Abbey, but Edward V and Edward VIII were not crowned. Edward V was one of two young princes believed to have been murdered in the Tower of London in the 15th century, while Edward VIII abdicated to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson.
The coronation ceremony will begin at 10:00 GMT, following a procession from Buckingham Palace. It is set to be shorter than that of his mother’s 70 years ago, at about two hours long compared to almost four hours. A much larger procession will depart the Abbey, made up of armed forces from Britain and across the Commonwealth. The king and queen will travel in the gold state coach, which was commissioned in 1760.
Here is the Coronation Day scheduled for May 6:
- 3:00 p.m. IST: King Charles and Queen Camilla will step out of Buckingham Palace for a procession (a little over 1 mile) to head to Westminster Abbey.
- 3:30 p.m. IST: Coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey (church) by the Archbishop in front of the royals and guests.
- 4:30 p.m. IST: The King and Queen will travel back to the Palace through a slow procession, meeting crowds.
- 6:45 p.m.: The Royals and the King do their usual Royal family balcony wave at the palace and watch the flypast.
If you are unable to attend the coronation ceremony in person, several international TV channels, including the BBC, ABC News, CBS, CNN, Fox News, and NBC, will telecast the event on their different broadcasting platforms. The Royal Family YouTube Channel is also expected to live stream the ceremony.
King Charles III’s coronation is an important event steeped in history and tradition. Whether you plan to attend the ceremony in person or watch it from home, the coronation promises to be a spectacle full of pomp and pageantry that celebrates the British monarchy and its enduring traditions.