Great Britain is set to witness a historic event as the coronation of King Charles III is set to take place on May 8, with the three-day celebrations starting two days earlier. This marks the first time in 70 years that the country will have a new monarch.
The ceremony will be held at Westminster Abbey and will be presided over by the Archbishop of Canterbury, as announced by the palace.
A Grand Procession
A huge parade from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey will kick off the main celebration, which will then be followed by another procession in which Charles and Camilla will be joined by other members of the royal family.
The new king and queen consort will then be crowned on the royal balcony, where the procession will come to a close. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who stepped down from their senior royal duties in 2020, will reportedly not be on the balcony during the coronation of the king and queen consort, according to The Mirror.
Only working family members are allowed, and Harry and Meghan, as well as Prince Andrew, is no longer allowed as they no longer hold official positions. However, royal biographer Ingrid Seward suggests that Harry and Meghan will be invited.
A Timeless Tradition
The monarch will be installed in the same manner as in 1953. Charles will have a golden cloth canopy covering his head. The monarch will take an oath to be a "defender of the religion" while seated in a coronation chair that dates to the early 14th century.
He will then be given the St. Edward's crown, which will make him the legitimate king. The crown of Queen Elizabeth will be placed on Camilla's head, and she will assume the title of queen alongside the new monarch. At the coronation, Prince William will receive the title of Prince of Wales.
A palace spokesman said: "Their Majesties The King and The Queen Consort hope the Coronation Weekend will provide an opportunity to spend time and celebrate with friends, families, and communities across the United Kingdom, the Realms, and the Commonwealth.
Their Majesties are looking forward to marking the occasion with the public throughout 2023." Approximately two thousand guests are expected to attend the coronation, and the ceremony itself is expected to last a little over an hour.
The palace has stated that this is an opportunity for the public to come together and celebrate the new monarch and the continuation of the royal tradition.
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