Although King Charles officially became Sovereign on Thursday 8 September when his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, passed away at Balmoral in Scotland, there will still be a ceremonial coronation to follow. The coronation is a religious service that requires the King to take an oath before his country.

When will the King’s coronation be?

A date for the coronation is yet to be announced, but we are not expecting it to happen soon. When Queen Elizabeth II became Sovereign in 1952, a coronation did not take place until more than a year later – she ascended the throne in February 1952 and was formally crowned in June 1953. So, we can expect the coronation of King Charles III to take place sometime in 2023.

On Wednesday 5 October, some news outlets reported that the date had been set as Saturday 3 June 2023. However, Buckingham Palace later stated that a date had not yet been confirmed. 

Will the King’s coronation be a bank holiday?

Most likely. A coronation is a state event, which means it’s paid for by the government. It’s also very likely that the day – considered an important landmark in British history – will be a Bank Holiday to allow the public to commemorate the occasion. That would mean schools and businesses would close for the day. If the coronation falls on a Saturday, there would be no school closures.

Prince Charles Prince of Wales poses for an official portrait to mark his 60th birthday photo taken on November 13 2008...

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales poses for an official portrait to mark his 60th birthday, photo taken on November 13, 2008 in London, EnglandPool/Getty Images

Where will the King’s coronation take place?

The coronation will happen at Westminster Abbey in London. The service has been carried out here for more than 900 years, and the King will be the 40th monarch to be crowned in the Abbey.

What happens during a royal coronation?

During a coronation at Westminster Abbey, the Archbishop of Canterbury conducts a religious service in which the new Sovereign takes an oath in front of heads of state, representatives of the Houses of Parliament and leading members of the Church. The Archbishop will anoint bless and consecrate the King while he sits in King Edward’s chair and he will receive the orb and sceptres. St Edward’s Crown will be placed on the Sovereign’s head. 

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