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King Charles III: 10 facts you should know about the royal coronation ceremony


King Charles III will be crowned today, May 6, 2023, in the highly anticipated coronation ceremony. It’s the biggest celebratory event in British history for seven decades, and people all over the world are all ready to tune in to the event. Here are 10 facts about the coronation and an insight into the lavish royal ceremony.

Ten facts about the coronation of King Charles III

1) The coronation of King Charles III is the first coronation ceremony for a British monarch since 1937. It will be the official confirmation of his accession to the throne following the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September 2022. The ceremony takes place in Westminster Abbey. , which has been the venue for every coronation since 1066.

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2) King Charles III will become the oldest British monarch to be honored with the 360-year-old St. Edward’s Crown made of solid gold that has been used at the coronation of every British monarch since King Charles II. Queen Consort Camilla will be crowned in a separate, simple but similar ceremony where she will wear Queen Mary’s crown. It is the first time since the 18th century that the consort’s crown has had an opportunity to be reused.

3) The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II was the first to be broadcast on television, but the coronation of King Charles III will be the first to be broadcast live on social media. It will be attended by about 2,000 people, according to reports. A day after the ceremony, on May 7, 2023, there will be a Coronation Ball where many celebrities will perform and appear in honor of King Charles III. Some of the notable names include Katy Perry, Tom Cruise, and Lionel Richie.

4) King Charles III and Queen Camilla will travel to Westminster Abbey in their Diamond Jubilee State Coach, which will be drawn by six Windsor Gray horses, plus members of the King’s bodyguard.

5) The grandchildren of King Charles III and Queen Camilla, including Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, will also serve as pages at the ceremony. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will give a Bible reading. His Majesty’s son, Prince Harry, and his brother, Prince Andrew, will appear at the coronation ceremony, but will not have any official role in the festivities.

6) After the service, King Charles III and Queen Camilla will return to Buckingham Palace in the Gold State coach and proceed to appear on the balcony with other members of the royal family. It will also feature a flying feature of the military aircraft.

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7) King Charles III will reuse pieces of historic clothing from the collection worn by previous monarchs at coronations past. According to the official release, the clothes worn by the monarch at his coronation by the Archbishop of Canterbury will include the Colobium Sindonis, Supertunica, Imperial Mantle, coronation girdle and coronation gauntlet.

8) Apart from the St. Edward’s Chair, which is also known as the Coronation Chair, the King and Queen will sit in Coronation Chairs as well as Throne Chairs from the Royal Collection which includes chairs from previous coronations. The chairs have been preserved and restored to glory so they look their best.

9) King Charles III will wear the robe of state upon his arrival at Westminster Abbey, while the Queen Consort will don the robe of state after her coronation and preparing to depart from the venue. Members of the Royal School of Embroidery embroidered the robes. The Queen Consort has been a patron at the Hand Embroidery School since 2017.

10) Boughs are cut from flowering bushes and trees adorn the high altar. It will include branches from a pair of Dawyck beech trees planted by the late Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at RHS Wisley in 1978, according to the release.

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Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.