King Charles III will be crowned in London on May 6, 2023
King Charles III will be crowned on May 6, 2023 at Westminster Abbey in London alongside his wife Queen Consort Camilla in a “pioneering” ceremony, Buckingham Palace announced on Tuesday. Eight months after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, who died on September 8 at the age of 96, the religious ceremony is traditionally presided over by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
Charles III, 73, is “anointed, blessed and consecrated” by the spiritual leader of the Anglican Church, of which the monarch is supreme governor.
A coronation that “looks to the future”
“The coronation will reflect the role of the monarch today and look to the future, while being rooted in the long tradition and pomp of the monarchy,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. The ceremony, in a country currently experiencing a severe economic and social crisis, was intended to retain the structure of the British monarchy’s coronations for a millennium, while incorporating contemporary elements.
The coronations of British monarchs have taken place in Westminster Abbey for 900 years. Since the Norman Conquest in 1066, the ceremony has almost always been performed by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The event traditionally takes place in the months following the accession to the throne. During this time, both national mourning and royal mourning can be observed and the ceremony organized.
Shorter, cheaper and more representative
Queen was crowned on February 6, 1952 after the death of her father George VI, Elizabeth II was crowned 16 months later, on June 2, 1953. The ceremony was televised for the first time and was watched by 27 million Britons 36 million inhabitants at the time. In the post-war years it had taken more than three hours, in front of 8,251 guests assembled at the abbey. 129 nations and territories were officially represented.
In line with Charles’ desire for a taut monarchy, the ceremony was to be shorter, smaller and less expensive, but also more representative of the diversity of modern Britain. The abbey has a capacity of around 2,000 people, which is the number of people, including heads of state and members of royal families, who attended Elizabeth II’s state funeral at the Abbey of Westminster on 19 September.
Queen Consort Camilla was also crowned
His son Charles automatically became king upon his death. Queen Consort Camilla – a title intended by Elizabeth II for her son’s second wife – will also be crowned during the ceremony, the preparations for which are known as Operation Golden Orb. Charles is the oldest king to ascend the throne in the history of the British monarchy, after seven decades of the reign of Elizabeth II, who celebrated her platinum anniversary last June.
During the ceremony, the Archbishop of Canterbury first introduced the new sovereign to the audience, who applauded him. The sovereign takes the coronation oath. There coronation oath law, written in 1688, it specifically pledged to “do everything possible” to preserve the Anglican Church and the Protestant religion. Set in King Edward’s chair, a wooden throne dating from 1300 and used at every coronation since 1626, the king then receives an anointing and blessing from the archbishop.
Charles III will at last receive his royal attributes, notably a sceptre, then the crown placed upon him by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Ten days of mourning after the death of Elizabeth II
Ten days of national mourning followed the Queen’s death. More than 250,000 people queued for hours to walk and pray in front of his coffin, first in Edinburgh, then in London, at Westminster Hall, the oldest chamber in Britain’s Parliament.
Thousands of other people lined the streets to see the coffin of this immensely popular Queen of her country one last time. Following the death of Elizabeth II, Charles experienced a surge in popularity (70% positive opinions) but lags behind his son William (84%) and wife Kate (80%).
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