The Coronation of the King

The Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort will take place at Westminster Abbey on Saturday 6th May, 2023.

The Service will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

As previously announced, the Service will reflect the Monarch’s role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry.

The Coronation of the King!

His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort
The Queen Consort, joined by King Charles III, hosts a reception at Clarence House in London, for authors, members of the literary community and representatives of literacy charities, to celebrate the second anniversary of The Reading Room. Picture date: Thursday February 23, 2023.

Across the Coronation Weekend, there will be further opportunities for people to come together in celebration of the historic occasion. On Sunday, 7th May 2023, a special Coronation Concert will be staged and broadcast live at Windsor Castle by the BBC and BBC Studios, with several thousand pairs of tickets to be made available via public ballot.

The Coronation Big Lunch, at which neighbours and communities are invited to share food and fun together, will take place across the country on the same date. On Monday, 8th May 2023, members of the public will be invited to take part in The Big Help Out, which will encourage people to try volunteering for themselves and join the work being undertaken to support their local areas.
The Coronation of the King

People across the country and the Commonwealth are invited to celebrate the Coronation of The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort over a weekend of special events on 6–8 May.

What is The Coronation of a King?

The coronation of a royal monarchy is an event steeped in ancient tradition and pageantry. On the occasion of the coronation of a King and Queen Consort, history and grandeur come together in an unforgettable affair.

The coronation of the king is a grand event that symbolizes the beginning of a new era. It is a celebration of the ascension of a new monarch to the throne and marks the start of their reign. The coronation ceremony is steeped in tradition and history, spanning back centuries.

The ceremony itself is a majestic affair, with the king being crowned with a regal crown and adorned with royal robes. The coronation is usually held in a grand cathedral or a palace, with dignitaries and guests from all over the world in attendance.

Throughout history, many famous Kings and Queens have been coronated in grand style as part of their ascent to power . From Henry VIII’s installation at Westminster Abbey in 1509 to Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation at Westminster Abbey almost 500 years later; these events have become defining moments for civilizations around the world.

The Grandeur of the Coronation of the King

During the ceremony, the archbishop or bishop places the crown on the king’s head, while the guests and attendees cheer and applaud. The king then takes an oath to uphold the laws and traditions of the land and to govern with fairness and justice.

After the coronation, there is usually a grand banquet or feast, where the guests are treated to sumptuous delicacies and fine wines. The new king then holds court, where he listens to petitions and issues proclamations.

The coronation is not just a grand event, but also a symbol of continuity and stability. It represents the unbroken line of succession from one monarch to the next, ensuring that the traditions and customs of the realm are preserved for generations to come.

In conclusion, the coronation of the king is a grand spectacle that marks the beginning of a new era. It is a celebration of tradition, continuity, and stability, and a testament to the enduring power of monarchy.

Weekend Events of the Coronation of the King

Saturday 6th May 2023

The Coronation Service at Westminster Abbey 

The Coronation Service will take place on the morning of Saturday, 6th May 2023 at Westminster Abbey. The Coronation is a solemn religious service, as well as an occasion for celebration and pageantry.

Their Majesties The King and The Queen Consort will arrive at Westminster Abbey in procession from Buckingham Palace, known as ‘The King’s Procession’. 

Sunday 7th May 2023

The Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle

On Sunday, 7th May 2023, a special Coronation Concert will take place at Windsor Castle. Produced, staged and broadcast live by the BBC and BBC Studios, the Coronation Concert will bring global music icons and contemporary stars together in celebration of the historic occasion.

The Coronation Big Lunch  

Neighbours and communities across the United Kingdom are invited to share food and fun together at Coronation Big Lunches on Sunday 7th May 2023, in a nationwide act of celebration and friendship. From a cup of tea with a neighbour to a street party, a Coronation Big Lunch brings the celebrations to your neighbourhood and is a great way to get to know your community a little better.

Coronation Big Lunch Party on Our Street

Monday 8th May 2023 

The Big Help Out

The Big Help Out will be held on Monday, 8th May 2023 and is being organised by The Together Coalition and a wide range of partners such as The Scouts, the Royal Voluntary Service and faith groups from across the United Kingdom. The Big Help Out will highlight the positive impact volunteering has on communities across the nation.

How Can I Watch The Coronation of the King?

The coronation of the king will be broadcasted live on the BBC paltforms

Coverage will lead on BBC One, with BBC Two airing signed coverage of the ceremony.

The Coronation on Saturday 6 May will be the centrepiece of live coverage with ceremonial events including the Westminster Abbey service broadcast across the BBC.

A live broadcast will cover all of the ceremonial events as they unfold throughout the day, from the early military movements to the formal processions in the lead up to the Westminster Abbey service.