Buckingham Palace announced the date on which the new sovereign will be crowned and anointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury. A statement read: “Buckingham Palace is pleased to announce that the Coronation of His Majesty The King will take place on Saturday 6th May, 2023. The Coronation Ceremony will take place at Westminster Abbey, London, and will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.”
The statement provided only a few details about the ceremony, and said: “The Ceremony will see His Majesty King Charles III crowned alongside The Queen Consort.
“The Coronation will reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry. Further details will be announced in due course.”
The Coronation is a religious service which has been taking place at Westminster Abbey for the past nine centuries.
During the ceremony, King Charles will be anointed, blessed and consecrated by the Archbishop, a figure who has been leading this sacred service almost without fail since 1066.
The day of the Coronation of King Charles III will also mark the fourth birthday of one of the new sovereign’s grandchildren – Archie Harrison.
This announcement comes amid speculation the ceremony could be smaller, shorter and simpler when compared to the one held for late Elizabeth II on June 2 1953.
The late Queen’s Coronation, the first to be televised in British history, lasted for three hours and featured some historic moments – including the young monarch arriving at the Abbey on the Gold State Coach and Prince Philip kneeling before the Queen to pledge his allegiance.
On the other hand, the Mail on Sunday reported claims the new sovereign could ditch some of the most arcane rituals to shorten the time of the ceremony, while retaining some of the pomp and pageant for which Britain is known around the world.
The number of people in attendance could also be hugely reduced, the report claimed, and peers no longer required to wear ceremonial robes.
The Coronation, during which the sovereign normally pledges to become the Defender of the Faith, will also reportedly aim at representing modern, multi-faith and multicultural Britain.
This is an aspect the new King already said is close to his heart when meeting faith leaders at Buckingham Palace on September 16, when he said: “I have always thought of Britain as a ‘community of communities’. That has led me to understand that the sovereign has an additional duty – less formally recognised but to be no less diligently discharged.
“It is the duty to protect the diversity of our country, including by protecting the space for faith itself and its practice through the religions, cultures, traditions and beliefs to which our hearts and minds direct us as individuals. This diversity is not just enshrined in the laws of our country, it is enjoined by my own faith.
“As a member of the Church of England, my Christian beliefs have love at their very heart. By my most profound convictions, therefore – as well as by my position as sovereign – I hold myself bound to respect those who follow other spiritual paths, as well as those who seek to live their lives in accordance with secular ideals.”