When is Charles’ coronation? Will King Charles III coronation be a bank holiday - will we get a day off

Following the Queen’s death, the throne was immediately passed on to her eldest son and former Prince of Wales, Charles

King Charles III is the new British monarch after the death of Queen Elizabeth II at Balmoral on 8 September.

Queen Elizabeth died at the age of 96, and was the longest serving monarch in British history. She had been on the throne for a total of 70 years.

A period of national mourning commenced after the Queen’s death and over 5.1 billion people tuned in to watch the late monarch’s funeral.

Charles has been the heir to the throne since the age of 3 (Getty Images)

There has also been a number of processes and ceremonies in place which acknowledge Charles becoming the new king - but when will the new King be formally crowned?

This is what you need to know about King Charles III’s coronation and, whether it could be made a bank holiday.

When did Prince Charles become King Charles III?

Charles has been heir to the throne since the age of three and became King immediately after the death of his mother.

This change was officially acknowledged by the Government at the meeting of the Accession Council at St James’ Palace on 10 September, in which the Privy Council officially proclaimed His Majesty as King Charles III.

When will the coronation of King Charles III take place?

The coronation of King Charles III and Camilla, the Queen Consort will take place at Wesminster Abbey on Saturday 6 May.

Following the death of the Queen, it is customary to have a waiting period before officially coronating a new monarch.

This waiting period is a mark of respect for the previous monarch, and to allow an appropriate period of mourning for their life and achievements on the throne. It is also designed to give the planning committees sufficient time to make preparations for the ceremony.

Charles’ coronation will require detailed planning which will be undertaken by the earl marshal.

King Charles III leaves the Metropolitan Police Service Special Operations Room (SOR) after his visit to meet the emergency service workers at Lambeth HQ on September 17, 2022 in London, England (Photo by Carl de Souza - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

When Queen Elizabeth first became Queen on 6 February 1952, there was a wait of nearly 16 months for her coronation. It eventually took place on 2 June 1953 at Westminster Abbey in London.

Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953 marked a momentous moment for British television as it became the first - and only coronation - to be fully televised.

The Prime Minister at the time Winston Churchill was against the idea however Queen Elizabeth rejected his advice and insisted that the event would be televised.

Cameras had not been allowed inside the Abbey when King George VI was coronated in 1937.

Will King Charles’ coronation be a bank holiday?

According to a representative at number 10 Downing Street all options are being considered on whether there will be a bank holiday to mark King Charles’s coronation. Several MPs have suggested that there should be a bank holiday to commerorate the occasion and a spokerperson for Labour leader Keir Starmer said: “It would certainly be a good way for the country to celebrate the coronation.”

Potential plans for the bank holiday could see the scheduled coronation being moved from Saturday 6 May to Monday 8 May or additionally creating an additional public holiday.

For the last 900 years the coronation has taken place at Westminster Abbey in London and the service will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The service will include representatives from the House of Parliament, Church and State. Prime Ministers and leading citizens from the Commonwealth will also be in attendance.

Who were the previous monarchs?

Queen Elizabeth’s coronation took place in June 1953 (Getty Images)

These are the dates that the last five monarchs came to power, and when their coronation took place. King Charles was just four years old when his mothers coronation took place in 1953.

Edward VIII is not included in this list as he never had an official coronation and was abdicated 325 days into his reign. He served on the throne from 20 January 1936 until 11 December 1936.

  • Queen Elizabeth II: 6 February 1952: Coronation 2 June 1953
  • George VI: 11 December 1936: Coronation 12 May 1937
  • George V: 6 May 1910: Coronation 22 June 1911
  • Edward VII: 22 January 1901: Coronation: 9 August 1902
  • Queen Victoria: 20 June 1837: Coronation: 28 June 1938