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Full Guide to King Charles III, Queen Consort Camilla Coronation


Wed 03 May 2023 | 04:05 PM
King Charles III, Queen Consort Camilla's New Portraits Ahead with Coronation
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Millions of people around the world are getting ready for celebrating the coronation of King Charles III. The Coronation services will combine a religious service and pageantry.

It will take place at Westminster Abbey on 6 May. King Charles, who will be crowned along with Queen Consort Camilla, will be the 40th reigning monarch crowned at the prestigious site since 1066.

Here is the full map of the coronation:

6 am

The formal celebrations will begin with a procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey.

200 members of the armed will participate in the procession to Westminster Abbey. They will start to gather on Saturday morning. Another 1000 service personnel will line the route.

10: 20

Procession Begins

The procession from Buckingham Palace will start at 10:20 and it will move along The Mall to Trafalgar Square, then down Whitehall and Parliament Street before turning into Parliament Square and Broad Sanctuary to reach the Great West Door of Westminster Abbey.

King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla will be in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach instead of the traditional Gold State Coach.

Westminster Abbey arrival

The procession is expected to arrive at the abbey before 11:00, with the King likely to wear military uniform.

11

King Charles pass through the Great West Door and proceed through the nave until he arrived the central space in the abbey.

The ceremony will kick off at 11:00 and will be initiated with music selected by the King, with 12 newly commissioned pieces, including pieces in memory of the King's father, Prince Philip.

Prince George (Prince William’s son) will be among the pages at Westminster Abbey, alongside Camilla's grandchildren, Lola, Eliza, Gus, Louis and Freddy.

Coronation Stages:

Stage one: The Recognition

King Charles will be presented to "the people" which is a tradition dating back to Anglo-Saxon times.

He will stand beside the 700-year-old Coronation Chair, turn to face the four sides of the abbey and be proclaimed the "undoubted King.”

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will make the first declaration. The subsequent declarations will be represented by the Lady of the Garter and the Lady of the Thistle who will be representing the oldest orders of chivalry in England and Scotland respectively.

Shortly, the crowd will chant "God Save the King!"

Stage Two: The Oath

The archbishop will start the Coronation Oath as he will ask King Charles III to confirm that he will preserve the law and the Church of England during his reign, and the King will place his hand on the Holy Gospel.

The King will also another oath which is the Accession Declaration Oath.

Stage three: The Anointing

The King's will sit in the Coronation Chair to be anointed, emphasizing the spiritual status of the sovereign as he will be named the head of the Church of England.

A number of religious services will be conducted by the archbishop, including the special oil, and forming the cross.

Stage four: The Investiture

This is the moment when the King will wear St Edward's Crown. It will be the only time when King Charles will use this crown.

King Charles III will be the seventh monarch to wear it after Charles II, James II, William III, George V, George VI, and Elizabeth II.

In addition, he will be the first king who will be given a shimmering golden coat to wear called the Supertunica.

He will also receive the Sovereign's Orb, the Coronation Ring, the Sovereign's Sceptre with Cross, and the Sovereign's Sceptre with Dove.

Then the archbishop will place St Edward's Crown on the King's head and the abbey bells will ring for two minutes, along with trumpets and gun salutes across the UK.

A 62-round salute will be fired at the Tower of London, twenty-one rounds will be fired at different locations across the UK, including Edinburgh, Cardiff, and Belfast.

Stage Five: The Enthronement

The final part of the ceremony will be the King taking the throne.

Prince William will be the only Royal Duke to kneel and pay homage to King Charles.

The Queen Consort

After the homage, Queen Camilla will be crowned and enthroned in a simpler ceremony. She will be crowned with Queen Mary's Crown.

Communion

The final part of the service will see the King and Queen taking Holy Communion

The Departure

The King and Queen Consort will leave their thrones and enter St Edward's Chapel behind the high altar where he will remove St Edward's Crown and wear the Imperial State Crown before joining the procession out of the abbey.

1:00 pm

The King and Queen Consort will then return to Buckingham Palace along the reverse of the route.

Nearly 4,000 members of the UK's armed forces will be taking part in what the described as the largest military ceremonial operation of its kind for a generation.

Buckingham Palace

Since the coronation of Edward VII in 1902, the new monarch used to greet the crowds in The Mall from the Buckingham Palace balcony.

Buckingham Palace confirmed that King Charles and Queen Camilla will follow the tradition.

A six-minute fly-past involving members of the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force and culminating in a display by the Red Arrows will conclude the Coronation.