Eyes across the globe will be fixed on Westminster Abbey on May 6 when his majesty goes through the momentous occasion of being crowned King Charles III. This historic event will be marked by a grand coronation ceremony steeped in centuries of tradition and pomp.
The details firmed up by officials include the route the King and Queen Consort Camilla will take from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey, known as ‘The King’s Procession.’ The route they will take heading back to the palace – ‘The Coronation Procession’ – has also been confirmed.
The ceremony will begin with the arrival of the monarch at the Abbey, where he will be greeted by the Dean and Chapter of Westminster before being led to the Coronation Chair. This chair, also known as King Edward’s Chair, has been used in every coronation since 1308.
After the King takes his seat, he will be presented with the symbols of his authority, including the Sceptre, the Orb, and the Crown. The Archbishop of Canterbury will then perform the Coronation Oath, where the King will vow to uphold the laws of the land and protect the Church of England.
Once the King has taken his oath, he will be anointed with holy oil on his hands, chest, and head. This represents the spiritual power of the monarch and is a vital part of the ceremony.
Finally, King Charles will be crowned with the St. Edward’s Crown, which weighs nearly five pounds and is encrusted with over 400 precious stones! The crown symbolizes the monarchy’s power and is an iconic part of the coronation.
The ceremony will conclude with the ringing of bells and a royal procession to Buckingham Palace, where the King will appear on the balcony to greet his loyal subjects, along with the mass of tourists expected to travel to London this week!
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If jetting off to London to catch the coronation in person is out of the question, US anglophiles can still watch the historic events unfurl on television. The King’s coronation will be broadcast on several channels, including ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX News, and NBC. The coronation officially starts at 11 a.m. UK time (6 a.m.ET) and will last for approximately 2 hours.