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King’s coronation will take place on 6 May – and Queen Consort will be crowned alongside Charles III

The coronation of King Charles III will take place next year on Saturday 6 May, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

The religious ceremony will be held at London’s Westminster Abbey, and conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

The King will be crowned alongside his wife, Camilla, the Queen Consort.

It is thought the coronation will be more modest and shorter than previous ceremonies, with some suggesting it will last one hour.

St Edward's Crown, which hasn't been outside the Tower of London for 60 years, is displayed during a service celebrating the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's coronation at Westminster Abbey in London June 4, 2013. Britain's Queen Elizabeth returned to the scene of her coronation on Tuesday to mark a reign that has weathered six decades of social transformation and the end of her country's global empire. REUTERS/Jack Hill/Pool (BRITAIN - Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT RELIGION)
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King Charles III will wear St Edward’s Crown towards the end of the ceremony, which was also worn by the Queen at her coronation in 1953

The Palace said the ceremony would “reflect the monarch’s role today and looks towards the future” whilst staying “rooted in long-standing traditions and pageantry”.

It has still not been confirmed whether there will be a Bank Holiday to mark the day, although the fact it falls on a weekend might suggest this is unlikely.

The Queen’s coronation on 2 June 1953 took three hours with a congregation of 8,000 dignitaries. The event was broadcast live on television, attracting record-breaking audiences around the world.

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Back then, thousands lined the streets for a glimpse of the Queen in the gold state coach, which has been used for coronations since George IV.

It is not known whether the coach will be used this time.

Queen Elizabeth II, wearing the Imperial State Crown, and the Duke of Edinburgh, dressed in uniform of Admiral of the Fleet, wave from the balcony to the onlooking crowds at the gates of Buckingham Palace after the Coronation.
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Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh on the Buckingham Palace balcony after her coronation in 1953

Although the King succeeded to the throne when the Queen died, the coronation ceremony marks the formal investiture of a monarch’s regal power.

Charles will be anointed with holy oil, blessed and consecrated by the archbishop.

He will be crowned with St Edward’s Crown. During the ceremony, Camilla will also be anointed and crowned.

(L-R) Queen Elizabeth (later the Queen Mother), Princess Elizabeth (the present Queen Elizabeth II), Princess Margaret and King George VI after his coronation, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London.
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Queen Elizabeth (later the Queen Mother), Princess Elizabeth, Princess Margaret and King George VI after his coronation in 1937

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The date of the coronation is also the birthday of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son Archie – the King’s grandson – who will be turning four on the day.

There is also no detail yet on who will attend the ceremony, including whether or not Prince Harry and Meghan will be invited or be able to travel from California to attend.

The date was also the wedding anniversary of the late Queen’s sister Princess Margaret, while the King’s grandfather George VI held his coronation in the month of May.

Westminster Abbey is seen in central London, November 17, 2010. Royal courtiers are already pondering how to tailor the ceremony to the austere times and Britons have started betting in earnest on the likely date for the wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton. The wedding -- which according to one estimate will boost Britain's economy by nearly $1 billion -- has been widely hailed as a welcome respite from budget cuts and belt-tightening. REUTERS/Paul Hackett (BRITAIN - Tags: TRA
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Westminster Abbey

The service has been held in Westminster Abbey for 900 years.

It is understood the coronation next year will include parts of the traditional service, while incorporating elements that recognise “the spirit of our times”.

Charles III will be 74 years old next May, making him the oldest person to be crowned in British history.

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