Coronation of King Charles III: when will he be officially crowned and what happens next?


Like Queen Elizabeth II, the King will be crowned with the St Edward’s Crown, which is made of solid gold and features over 400 precious stones, including rubies, garnets and sapphires.

More than 8,000 guests from 129 countries traveled to Westminster Abbey for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953, but guests at the 2023 coronation will be limited to 2,000 due to health and safety restrictions.

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The Archbishop of Canterbury will conduct the ceremony at Westminster Abbey, confirming that Charles will become king through the coronation oath.

The king will be asked whether he will rule the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth nations with law and justice and whether he will maintain Christianity in the nation.

He will sit on the coronation chair, known as Edward’s Chair, with the sovereign’s scepter and staff in hand, to represent his control over the nation, and the sovereign’s orb to represent the Christian world.

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After being anointed, blessed and consecrated by the Archbishop, Charles will be given the crown of St. Edward on his head, officially crowning him King Charles III.