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

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

King Charles III became the British monarch last year after the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II.

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.

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After her death there were a number of processes and ceremonies which acknowledged Charles becoming the new king and he will formally be crowned later this year in 2023.

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 on 8 September 2022.

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 Westminster Abbey on Saturday 6 May.

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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 which allows 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.

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

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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?

A bank holiday will be held throughout the UK to mark the coronation of King Charles III.

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The bank holiday will take place on Monday 8 May 2023, two days after the coronation itself.

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)Queen Elizabeth’s coronation took place in June 1953 (Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth’s coronation took place in June 1953 (Getty Images) | INTERCONTINENTALE/AFP via Getty

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.

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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

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