As the Royal Family starts to make plans for its future without Queen Elizabeth II, all eyes turn to the new monarch, King Charles III.
Following the Queen’s state funeral, many are now wondering where and when the new monarch’s coronation could take place.
Here is what we know so far…
Where will King Charles III’s coronation take place?
Plans for the King’s coronation – codename Operation Golden Orb – have been kept under wraps, but the ceremony is expected to take place in Westminster Abbey.
It is tradition for the coronation of monarchs to take place at the Abbey, as every King or Queen since 1066 has been crowned there – including Queen Elizabeth II.
It has also been host to many Royal Weddings, including Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011.
Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953 was an extranet affair, with the new Queen being crowned in front of 8000 guests, while more than 40,000 troops were involved in the parade.
It has been reported that King Charles has plans for a more modern, scaled-back monarchy which reflects the nation more appropriately.
With a recession looming, a cost of living crisis and public budgets looking tighter, it would seem a smaller ceremony could be on the horizon for Charles.
When could the coronation be?
No date has been confirmed as of yet, although royal biographer Hugo Vickers has predicted the date could be June 2, 2023.
If so it would mean that it’d be taking place exactly 70 years after the Queen’s coronation on June 2, 1953.
The official website for the Royal Family explains more about the traditions of a coronation.
‘The coronation of the new Sovereign follows some months after his or her accession, following a period of mourning and as a result of the enormous amount of preparation required to organise the ceremony’ it states.
‘Present are representatives of the Houses of Parliament, Church and State. Prime ministers and leading citizens from the Commonwealth and representatives of other countries also attend.’
During the ceremony, the Sovereign takes the coronation oath and wears the St Edward’s Crown.
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